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Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

3 stars
111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL 33602
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.2
out of 5
147 reviews
Willingness to please!!

The spirit of every employee at this hotel was that of welcoming and gracious. They were willing... See full review

  • Shawn Hampton
  • Nov 15, 2013
Great place to visit with UT grandson

Hotel and location were great. I give you a High 5!. One suggestion - I was aware of the Hotel... See full review

  • Dom's GG
  • Oct 18, 2013
Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and Lifestyle Fitness in Tampa’s cultural mecca

The Howard Johnson Plaza is an ideal place to stay for travelers making a cultural visit to the Tampa Bay area. The property sits adjacent to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Tampa Museum of Art. The Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay Historic Center, St. Pete Times Forum and Port of Tampa are located a mile from the hotel. Guests enjoy free shuttle service from the hotel to cruise terminals, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access and use of the Lifestyle Fitness Center at no extra fee.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Free shuttle service from the hotel to Port of Tampa Cruise Terminals with advance notice
  • Free high-speed wireless Internet access in rooms and public areas
  • Complimentary use of Lifestyle Fitness Center
ROOMS

All rooms feature single-cup coffee maker, iron with ironing board, programmable alarm clock, hairdryer, individual climate control and satellite TV featuring HBO. Microwaves and refrigerators are available in some rooms.

FEATURES

The Howard Johnson Plaza is two miles from Channelside Bay Plaza, a premier dining and entertainment complex, plus Florida Aquarium and Ybor City. The property is home to Tampa's famous Waterworks Bar & Grill. Try the meatloaf and mash specialty. The property is within walking distance to many other national restaurant chains. Guests enjoy free shuttle service from the hotel to cruise terminals, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access and use of the Lifestyle Fitness Center at no extra fee.

TRANSPORTATION
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) (20 minutes)
  • Tampa airport shuttle (fees apply)
  • Free shuttle service for The Port of Tampa Cruise Terminals and Tampa General Hospital with advance notice
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
  • Busch Gardens
  • Adventure Island
  • Museum of Science & Industry
  • Florida Aquarium
  • Tampa Bay Performing Art Center
  • Tampa Convention Center
  • Channelside Bay Plaza
  • Historic Ybor City
BUSINESS
  • 6,800 square feet of banquet and meeting space
  • Main ballroom has a capacity to hold 350 people
  • Breakout rooms can hold meetings for 20-60 people
POLICES & FEES
  • Pets Welcome, $75.00 US one time charge

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Hotel Map

27.9533 -82.4638
Area description
Business district

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Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Free local telephone calls
Elevators
Ice machine
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness Center
Exercise gym
Dining
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Vending machines
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Guest laundromat
ATM/Cash machine
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Porters
FAX
Conference facilities
Copy service
Overhead projector
Audio visual equipment
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Outdoor parking
RV or truck parking
Bus parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Room
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Microwave
Over sized rooms
TV remote control
Cribs available
Ironing board

Nearby points of interest

  • The David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts: 0.1 mi
  • Tampa Museum of Art: 0.3 mi
  • Glazer Children's Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: 0.5 mi
  • Henry B. Plant Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Tampa Union Station: 0.8 mi
  • Tampa Convention Center: 1 mi
  • ST PETE TIMES FORUM: 1 mi
  • Tampa Bay Times Forum: 1 mi
  • Tampa Bay Historical Center: 1.1 mi
  • Tampa Port Authority: 1.2 mi
  • Florida Aquarium: 1.3 mi
  • SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship: 1.4 mi
  • Hyde Park: 1.4 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 1.6 mi
  • The David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts: 0.1 mi
  • Tampa Museum of Art: 0.3 mi
  • Glazer Children's Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: 0.5 mi
  • Henry B. Plant Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Tampa Union Station: 0.8 mi
  • Tampa Convention Center: 1 mi
  • ST PETE TIMES FORUM: 1 mi
  • Tampa Bay Times Forum: 1 mi
  • Tampa Bay Historical Center: 1.1 mi
  • Tampa Port Authority: 1.2 mi
  • Florida Aquarium: 1.3 mi
  • SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship: 1.4 mi
  • Hyde Park: 1.4 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 1.6 mi
  • Ybor City: 1.8 mi
  • Raymond James Stadium: 2.9 mi
  • Steinbrenner Field: 3.2 mi
  • Al Lopez Park: 3.3 mi
  • Tampa Lowry Park Zoo: 4 mi
  • Busch Gardens: 6.3 mi
  • Adventure Island: 6.9 mi
  • University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 7.6 mi
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 7.8 mi
  • Sun Dome: 8.1 mi
  • Tampa Theatre: 8.2 mi
  • Grand Prix Fun Center: 8.6 mi
  • The Upper Tampa Bay Trail: 9.3 mi
  • Lettuce Lake Park: 10.1 mi
  • Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center: 11.8 mi
  • Morris Bridge Park: 12.5 mi
  • Tampa Bay Downs: 13.1 mi
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge: 21.8 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (147)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
147 out of 147
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
3.5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.7

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Wichita, KS
Nov 9, 2009

Fair to good...

Decent room; nice bar and restaurant; Local-area shuttle was excellent unexpected bonus; housekeeping was generally mediocre with too few towels one day and never left coffee for in-room use...Location was what was wanted, price was reasonable -- $8 per night to park was unexpected and unwelcome surprise...but shuttle somewhat offset that news.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Restaurants in Ybor City section of Tampa, including Samurai Blue -- excellent Sushi.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Dorado, PR
Jul 19, 2010

Two different worlds

I stayed for two different days, so I get two different rooms. The first day was excellent, nice and clean room, good air conditioned, clean bathroom, etc. But the second day was another thing. The room smell badly, the air conditioned do not work properly, the bed was inconfortable and the bath was almost clogged. It was kind of like to be in a different hotel. So if you asked me of my first day I will strongly recommend it. If you ask me of my second stay I will tell you, check your room first.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
DAD UNCLE DENNIS
Business
Orange Park, Florida
Jan 24, 2013

One night stay

Nice enough for a short stay @ the right price for the area. Over abundance of college students in pajamas partying and riding the elevators-leads me to believe that hotel and college have special deal for students going through training in the area. Restaurant was better than expected. Staff was very friendly.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Yampa, FL
Apr 27, 2010

Fun Trip

In town for Concert event at St Pete Times Forum. Relaxed at pool then short walk to event. Great location!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
SpiderGhost
Business
Philadelphia
Jan 30, 2013

Just good enough for an overnight business stay

For the money and geographic convenience of my business trip, this hotel was serviceable. I would classify the rooms and overall appearance as run down. However, the front desk was very helpful and the shuttle service they have was basically like a free cab to go wherever you want downtown. Quick note: floors 2 through 9 are being used as dorms for U of Tampa students. They seemed well behaved, just makes for crowded lobby/elevators.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Chefjames
Fort Myers, FL
Aug 4, 2009

ok but clear signs of getting better

we stayed here to go to a concert. The lobby of the hotel is lovley with nice computers for public use and nice modern artwork on the wall. The bar area and restaurant have clearly gone under recient renovation. The improvements seem to have stopped there. The Rooms still have a feel of a 2 star hotel. I get the vide that the hotel was under a major renovation before the economy tanked. hopefully they will start up again in the near future. This place is just a few minor upgrades from being a really nice place to stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Both the Harbortowne and Ybor city areas of Tampa offer really nice dining destinations that aren't chains.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Coach Pat
Plymouth, MA
Feb 18, 2013

Great Location

My son and I stayed at this hotel while he was visiting the U of Tampa. The location is great. Easy walk to downtown and U of Tampa. Short ride to airport, however that hotel does not provide shuttle service to or from the airport. The bed was extremely comfortable and room was generally clean. The staff was helpful and pleasant. 5 floors were rented by U of Tampa as student housing, however other than passing students in the lobby it was hardly noticable tha they were there. The property is tired and needs upgrades. The restaurant/bar has really good food, but the decor and atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired. The tables were not cleaned after previous diners left. Our table had syrup from breakfast still on the table @ 8:30 at night! We had the same waitress two nights and she was terrific. However, other waitstaff was inattentive to customers. They were constantly texting on their phones, eating in the dining room, and horsing around with each other. At several points all three of the staff left the room for an extended period leaving no coverage behind the bar or on the floor.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Museums and cultural venues. Downtown/Business district and dining close by. The Jerk Hut has great Jamiacan food at very reasonable prices.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Howich
Business
Binghamton, NY
Apr 12, 2013

Parking Fee

I was disappointed to find out when I got there, that they have a separate, extra parking fee not included in your on-line payment. SURPRISE! What's that, an extra 10% they pick up that way?

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Speak up
Tampa, Florida
May 11, 2010

Missing pieces spoiled the overall stay

1) Fridge and Microwave were not in the room although we had printout to show where it was paid for.[...]2)Came back after shopping for most of the day to find that Housekeeping did not do the room. HK staff had already left so we got a change of towels ONLY. 3) Had to request Toilet paper, shower caps

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short drive from hotel

Request the airport shuttle. it is cheaper than using a taxi.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
week-end traveler
NYC, NY
Jun 14, 2010

Acceptable

Good location-Friendly staff-Breakfast not included; if you buy it is round $13 with taxes and tips (not so great selection). Very good hotel for family members of Tampa General Hospital patients-free shuttle whole day. If you are going to Tampa General Hospital, take your breakfast there; it is at one-third price and better. Rooms are good not the best-bathroom fixture loose-room service requires improvement-twice my used towel remain in the bathroom although new towels were placed.No fridge or microwave.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
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