$79 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 10, 2014 Check-out: Aug 13, 2014

La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

2 stars
3701 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.6
out of 5
53 reviews
Pleasantly surprised

To be honest, I was looking for things to criticize since the price was a little more than I... See full review

  • Esoteric Eric
  • Mar 10, 2014
Perfect couple weekend

My boyfriend & I travel to Tampa often to visit Busch gardens and we always choose to stay at La... See full review

  • Michelleeeee
  • Jan 22, 2014
The La Quinta Inn and Suites U.S.F was recently named a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! NEW! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics. 100% Non-Smoking Hotel We sell tickets at the property for Busch Gardens and Adventure Island The beautiful newly renovated La Quinta Inn & Suites U.S.F. is located behind Busch Gardens, adjacent to the University of South Florida (host hotel for most USF Sundome functions). There is always plenty to do here: Hard Rock Nightclub at Seminole Casino, Nightlife in Ybor City, Museum of Science and Industry, Florida Aquarium, Adventure Island, Lowry Park Zoo, Florida State Fairgrounds. Don't forget professional sporting events (baseball, football, and hockey). Walk to a variety of great restaurants, or hit the malls (International, University, West Shore). Guests at the La Quinta Inn & Suites U.S.F. are treated with a Free Bright Side BreakfastTM each morning. Enjoy the heated pool and Jacuzzi and 24-hour fitness center. Rooms are spacious and come with free high-speed Internet access and more. We are in north Tampa between I-75 and I-275, just minutes from the area's renowned Hospitals (Veterans, Cancer Center, Shriner's).

La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens) Rooms

Deluxe
Deluxe King Room Non-Smoking Relaxing and comfortable room with king bed, recliner, oversized work area and two dataport phones with voice mail and free local calls, 25-inch TV with expanded cable.
Standard
Two Full Non Smoking Relaxing and comfortable room with two full beds, oversized desk and two dataport phones with voice mail and free local calls, 25-inch TV with expanded cable, movies and Nintendo

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Free local telephone calls
Elevators
FEMA approved
Activities
Outdoor pool
Exercise gym
Jacuzzi
Dining
Continental breakfast
Coffee maker in room
Meal plan - continental
Services
24 hour front desk
Maid service
Laundry service
Express check in
Guest laundromat
Express checkout
Laundry/Valet services
Security
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Copy service
Audio visual equipment
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Free parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Accessible rooms
Room
Television with cable
Radio
Phone with speaker
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Heated guest rooms
Hairdryer in room
Fire alarm with light
Temperature control
Electronic door locks
Iron
Ironing board
Smoke detectors
Sprinklers in rooms
Bath tub

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Hotel Map

28.0536 -82.4181
Nearby airports
Tampa Intl Airport, (TPA), 12.00, MI, SW;
Area description
City Center

Nearby points of interest

  • University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 0.5 mi
  • Tampa Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Sun Dome: 0.8 mi
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 0.9 mi
  • Adventure Island: 0.9 mi
  • Busch Gardens: 1.2 mi
  • Grand Prix Fun Center: 2.6 mi
  • Lettuce Lake Park: 2.9 mi
  • Tampa Lowry Park Zoo: 4.3 mi
  • Morris Bridge Park: 6.3 mi
  • Ybor City: 6.5 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 6.5 mi
  • Al Lopez Park: 7 mi
  • Tampa Union Station: 7.3 mi
  • Steinbrenner Field: 7.4 mi
  • University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 0.5 mi
  • Tampa Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Sun Dome: 0.8 mi
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 0.9 mi
  • Adventure Island: 0.9 mi
  • Busch Gardens: 1.2 mi
  • Grand Prix Fun Center: 2.6 mi
  • Lettuce Lake Park: 2.9 mi
  • Tampa Lowry Park Zoo: 4.3 mi
  • Morris Bridge Park: 6.3 mi
  • Ybor City: 6.5 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 6.5 mi
  • Al Lopez Park: 7 mi
  • Tampa Union Station: 7.3 mi
  • Steinbrenner Field: 7.4 mi
  • Raymond James Stadium: 7.5 mi
  • The David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts: 7.6 mi
  • Glazer Children's Museum: 7.7 mi
  • Tampa Museum of Art: 7.7 mi
  • Florida Aquarium: 7.7 mi
  • SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship: 7.8 mi
  • Tampa Port Authority: 7.8 mi
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: 7.8 mi
  • Henry B. Plant Museum: 7.9 mi
  • ST PETE TIMES FORUM: 7.9 mi
  • Tampa Bay Times Forum: 7.9 mi
  • Tampa Bay Historical Center: 7.9 mi
  • Tampa Convention Center: 8.1 mi
  • Hyde Park: 8.9 mi
  • The Upper Tampa Bay Trail: 9.7 mi
  • Tampa Bay Downs: 14 mi
  • Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center: 18.1 mi
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge: 29.1 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (53)

Ratings and reviews for La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Overall score

3.6 / 5
5.01.0
53 out of 53
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.9

77% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
A Cube farm escapee
Business
Ann Arbor, MI
May 14, 2014

Good for the business trip.

The hotel was exactly what I was expecting, a middle of the road affordable hotel for my business trip. The only down side was the beagle in one of the adjacent rooms which let everyone know it needed a walk at around 5:00am. However, I can not fault an animal for that and I did note that the hotel was pet friendly when I made the reservation. Overall I would recommend this for business or budget minded travelers. The location is terrific if you need to be in the USF area, just down the road from Busch Gardens, MOSI and the USF Sun Dome.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Fowler Ave, on which the hotel sits, is essentially a road of restaurants, you can find just about anything you want on it without straying far from the hotel.

Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
JW USF Mom
New Jersey
Apr 29, 2014

Friendly staff, good location, nice hotel

Staff could not be more helpful. Pool area is beautiful. Overall, the hotel is clean and well maintained. Our room just had some flaws in that the bathroom was not cleaned as well as I would prefer. Also, the refrigerator as not working properly. Everything else was great.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
DiDi H.
Kissimmee, Florida
Apr 2, 2014

Disappointing But Not A Disaster

The first room we were given had drops of blood on the wall above the bed's headboard. I took a picture of it and went downstairs to get a new room. The gentleman at the front desk was very apologetic and gave me a new room immediately. At first he was skepticla but was immediately convinced when I showed him thepicture. With something like that I think something more needed to be done. I am in the hospitality industry and the minimum I would have done would be a free upgrade. The breakfast left a lot to be desired. The only item that kept it from being described as a continental breakfast were the hot waffles. And when we arrived, there was not batter. Huh. They need to add protein to even make it worthwhile. The rooms are spacious, with plenty of room to move around. Our second room was clean so there were issues there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
DodoRyan
Tampa
Mar 26, 2014

Lovely room!Location perfect.

Our room was great!My family loved it.The bed was the best.Wish I had one at home!It was clean and very eye pleasing.My family loved the heated pool and hot tub. There were several things wrong.The wifi was almost unusable on the 4th floor.I had to stand in the bath holding my galaxy over the sink.area to messag.The toilet seat was the cheapest!It slide all over the place!Lucky we didn't land on the floor in the middle of the night of you didn't it just perfect..... Had to go down to the 1st floor get some.Breakfast was a long wait to get a turn at the food area.Would have left to get breakfast.The price was ggood.

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

Lots of option to dine.

Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Esoteric Eric
Jacksonville, FL
Mar 10, 2014

Pleasantly surprised

To be honest, I was looking for things to criticize since the price was a little more than I usually pay, but I was happy with every aspect of our stay. Check in was quick and efficient. I left my wife in the car to go check in and was back within a few minutes. She said "Done already?". Yep, it was that quick. Despite the fact that the hotel was sold out, there was no wait and I was able to get right to my room and drop off my stuff and made my meeting in record time. The room was spacious and clean. There was a microwave and small 'fridge. THe bed was comfortable. THe breakfast in the morning was acceptable, the Wi-Fi strong. They need to work on the waffle machine because it was sticking and I burned my hand on it, but that did not dissuade me from giving this property high marks. Close to USF and Busch Gardens and right off the hi-way close to lots of stuff. I'll stay here again, given the opportunity.

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

Taco Bus, featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, is a short 5 min drive and has excellent food. Google it.

Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Michelleeeee
Naples, Florida
Jan 22, 2014

Perfect couple weekend

My boyfriend & I travel to Tampa often to visit Busch gardens and we always choose to stay at La Quinta Inn and Suites USF. The location is perfect and gives us access to a number of restaurants on East Fowler and is only around the corner from Busch Gardens. The staff is friendly and the rooms are clean and spacious. It was overall a great experience. We plan on visiting next month and will be for sure staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites !

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
sc202
boston ma
Nov 25, 2013

Weekend stay

Stayed with a friend Friday through Sunday. Everything went smooth, staff was all very nice, room was clean. Never made it down in time for breakfast. I would stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
5
Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Allison Road Trip Planner
Englewood,Florida
Oct 13, 2013

Good for the price

We only stayed one night as we went to Howl O Scream at Bush Gardens. After a long night of walking around at theme park we were exhausted!!! Was nice to have a hotel very close by to go back to. Location was great as far as restaurants and Busch Gardens. Room was clean and beds were comfy. Only complaint is that there were no extra blankets and the complimentary breakfast ended before we were able to make it.

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

There is a brick shopping plaza up the street with many restaurants to choose from and a Sweetbay grocery store. We got a bite to eat before we went to theme park (as their food is too pricey!)

Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
evefisi
Miami
Dec 3, 2012

Great experience!!

Loved the facilities and the fact that my dog was allowed at no cost. The only bad part was that we were very close to the elevator, so we could hear it all night going up and down. Best part: just 3 mins away from Busch gardens!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Busch Gardens Passholder
Florida
Aug 7, 2012

Last Minute Foul Up

Although the front desk staff was very accommodating at check in, there was only one of her for the night. We had issues with the room we were assigned to . .. It was supposed to be non-smoking and it wasn't. The hotel was full so, no other room available. Front desk girl came and sprayed down the room. Helped somewhat, but she did not do it the next day when asked. Thought we were getting two queens for 3 adult persons and a child. Two doubles were tight. The room was just okay. Didn't get a chance to use the amenities other than breakfast and it was ok.

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

If coming from the East, make a U-turn past the hotel. No other access available and no specific turn to it.

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