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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
92 reviews
Great Location

Needed a hotel that was close to Channel Side so I wouldn't have to drive on New Yrs Eve. Shuttle... See full review

  • Melisa F
  • Jan 4, 2013
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
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.

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

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Hotel Map

27.9533 -82.4638
Area description
Business district

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 (92)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Overall score

3.3 / 5
26 out of 92
Amenities:
3.2
Room cleanliness:
3.3
Hotel staff:
3.8
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4
Value:
3.7

73% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Business
Barnstead, *
Oct 30, 2008

Perfect for Time stayed

Room was perfect for a single person as myself, many different options on where to work on my computer, bathroom was adiquite.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Business
Greenwood, Indiana
Jun 27, 2010

Great hotel

This is a great hotel for the price. Conveniently located just off the Interstate in downtown Tampa.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Business
Indianapolis, Indiana
May 6, 2010

Great Hotel

This hotel has a very convenient location right in downtown Tampa! Once you figure out the one-way streets, getting on the Interstate (I-275 or I-4) was very quick and easy. And since the hotel is in the heart of downtown, it is very convenient to restaurants and businesses there. The room was very nice and the hotel very clean. I would definitely stay there again.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
lovingFL
Business
San Jose, CA
Apr 2, 2012

Perfect for a Conference!

This hotel is just close enough to the convention center that you can easliy walk and enjoy the beautiful weather outside. The amenities of having a refridgerator and microwave made it nice to actually buy food and have snacks during the evening. The staff was friendly and I felt safe the entire time.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Long walk from hotel

Ybor - entertainment and dining

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
meetings
Business
west palm beach, fl
Apr 11, 2010

great location for the price

they had a shuttle service to take you back and forth from different places downtown which was a great service. There are no restaurants in walking distance and there is only one in the hotel.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Business
Phoenix, AZ
Jun 6, 2011

As good as can be

Great location Downtown, amenities and rooms worthy the price. A little bitter taste: I forgot my favorite night T-shirt and it wasn't there next day when I called to ask for it and even drove back.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Business
Richmond, VA
Sep 24, 2010

Low price

This Hotel provided very reasonable service for the lowest price I could find for the downtown location. No complains at all.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
kim barry
Business
delaware
Mar 26, 2013

comfortable, nice amenities (razor etc)

experience was good. Staff was very helpfull. Breakfast was good.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
Rock Momster
Business
Missoula, MT
Apr 12, 2010

Nice sleep, nice price, nice location

I was in Tampa for work - a conference at the convention center, which was an easy 20 minute walk. The location of the HoJo is fantastic - across the street from the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and really close to downtown and the riverwalk. The room was very comfortable and the mattress was great. The restaurant service and food left a LOT to be desired - the morning buffet was very expensive and had no fresh fruit. The front desk was quite helpful. The maid service left me new towels everyday even though I hung mine up in response to their "Reuse your towels" participation. And I'm not sure they ever vacuumed - the carpet felt different in bare feet than it looke. However - I'd stay here again - it was especially good for the price.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Walk down Ashley and then over to Tampa - some great little restaurants - Spain, L'Eden, and Samaria.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
Shawn Hampton
Business
Morehead City, North Carolina
Nov 15, 2013

Willingness to please!!

The spirit of every employee at this hotel was that of welcoming and gracious. They were willing and able to accommodate the smallest of smallest desire to every one that enter into the front door was truly amazing. We were attending the Clean Gulf Conference that was held at the Tampa Convention Center. The shuttle was there every time we called. Dinner at the restuanut was a home run! We had the salmon!! We found out that the GM ate the salmon everyday for lunch!! ( Great sign!) It was just the well informed lady that gave the response that was needed to say yes to the salmon! We would join this "family of great staff" all over again. Great job Mr. Salmon and to your A plus staff!!!!

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

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Salmon!!!

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