Skip to main content
Beginning of main content

Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites/South Tampa Airport

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Only stayed one night, was pleased with the accommodations and amenities!

great place, recently updated. has a laundry room.

Great breakfast buffet! Comfortable, but compact room. Every thing worked as promised. Hostess was very amicable & breakfast lady was right on top of things. Shower water was greatly softened. Nice!

Met my basic needs; appreciated the pool; did not appreciate 2nd floor unit - I had requested first floor due to bad knees.

Check in and out was quick and easy. The room was spacious, but the bed wasn't all that comfortable.

It is a basic hotel. We just needed a bed for a night after attending an event Tampa before driving back to the east coast. I wasn't expecting luxury, but clean and reasonably comfortable. The pictures looked like the place was clean and decent and even remodeled. It probably has had some paint in recent years, but it isn't a modern place, old style, small room layout. Again, all of that would have been OK. We checked in and the front desk clerk was very nice and efficient. We entered the room and realized it was a little old and worn, but thought, OK for just one quick night, it will be OK. We went to our event and returned about 11 pm. When we entered the room and turned on the light, two baby roaches scurried away on top of the microwave which sat on top of the fridge. That grossed us out. Then we saw another one in the bath tub. The wash cloths were a bit stained. The water in the sink smelled of Sulphur. The bathroom door stuck and made a noise when you got it open, so we didn't close it over night for fear of waking each other up when we went to the bathroom. The anti skid tub mat was also gross. So we slept partially clothed as the thought of what the sheets might be like was troubling and we didn't want bugs crawling on us while we slept. We did not use the shower due the smell of the water and the questionable cleanliness of the towels. I told a different clerk at check out and she was also very nice. She gave us a $35 discount. Wont be going back

The bed was hard to sleep on. The promised wifi didn't exist. I could only sleep until around 3 am and had to leave.

Dead bolt on the door did not work. 2 of the 4 lamps did not work. No hot water at the lavatory. The stool did not flush properly. There was a constant humming noise in the room. The tub itself was old and shows wear, the tub surround was good.The bed was comfortable. The breakfast was ok, nothing to get excited about.

It is a decent hotel, no more and no less than what you need.

No issues, was comfortable and convenient. Friendly at the front desk and helpful. Complimentary was nice to have as well. We enjoyed our stay and will come back next time in tampa.

It was a nice hotel. Great staff. The room was nice but a bit run down. It was a no smoking room but it smelled of smoke the minute I opened the door. The TV in the living area didn't work but the one in the bedroom did.

The motel is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in South Tampa but only about 10-15 minutes from downtown. My room was clean and comfortable and the continental breakfast was enough to get you started in the morning.

This hotel cheated me out of my money and Orbitz would not require them to refund it. When my trip was delayed a day, the hotel refused to move my reservation forward, preferring to cheat me out of my money and leave a room empty rather than giving me any value for the money I paid. Do not prepay for a room at this hotel unless you want to be cheated.

Check In was pleasant. Staff was very cheerful and made it a point to advise you of all admenities offered at the hotel.

This hotel's location was perfect for Busch Gardens, Lowrey Park Zoo as well as close to airport. Pool was open until 9:00 pm, a big plus for kids Laundry machines did need to be upgraded

Overall the room was just what we were looking for except for the floor. The carpet was disgusting. We had to wear flip flops or designate a pair of socks as junk socks to wear around the room. The carpet needs a good cleaning or better yet replaced. We noticed the soles of our feet getting black from how dirty the carpet was. Very hard to tell a two year old they can't go on the floor and can only play on the bed.

Clean and comfortable. Can't beat the price for how nice and clean the place is. Great breakfast with plenty of options. Quiet and plenty to do around.

We loved the pool. We were in it every day we stayed.

Smelled, but they found us a different room that was better. Good location.

Staff was nice and helpful but no one was in office when I checked out at 5:50 am so could not get a copy of my bill. No luggage carts makes many trips for carrying stuff. A few problems in room got quick resolution. I had clean towels but sheets not changed. Dead bugs in bathroom not removed so probably did not clean room often. Smoking area right outside nonsmoking room. Bed was not uncomfortable.

3314 S Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites/South Tampa Airport is located within a few miles (5 km) of Hyde Park and Hyde Park Village. This hotel has 81 rooms and welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's near the airport and also close to Westshore Plaza Mall.


Dining

Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning.


Rooms

All of Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites/South Tampa Airport's 81 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Safes, ironing boards, and desks are also available.


Property features

Guests of Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites/South Tampa Airport have access to an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. If you plan to drive, free parking is available. Friendly staff can provide a safe deposit box at the front desk, and also offer advice about sightseeing. Additional amenities include conference space, a business center, and free newspapers.

Room options

Suite, 1 King Bed with Sofa bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Double Beds, Smoking, Refrigerator & Microwave

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, Non Smoking, Refrigerator & Microwave

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, Accessible, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Guest reviews for Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites/South Tampa Airport

Everyone (14) Business (16) Couples (14) Family (24) Other (16) Friends (6)
4

very accommodating staff, shopping close!

Everyone

Only stayed one night, was pleased with the accommodations and amenities!

By , from Wash., DC on Sep 8, 2017

5
Everyone

great place, recently updated. has a laundry room.

By , from ny on Apr 25, 2017

4

south dale mabry location

Everyone

Great breakfast buffet! Comfortable, but compact room. Every thing worked as promised. Hostess was very amicable & breakfast lady was right on top of things. Shower water was greatly softened. Nice!

By , from Peoria, Illinois on Mar 18, 2017

4
Everyone

Met my basic needs; appreciated the pool; did not appreciate 2nd floor unit - I had requested first floor due to bad knees.

By , from AZ on Mar 16, 2017

4

close to tampa general

Everyone

Check in and out was quick and easy. The room was spacious, but the bed wasn't all that comfortable.

By , from Jupiter, FL on Mar 16, 2017

2

not what it looked like online

Everyone

It is a basic hotel. We just needed a bed for a night after attending an event Tampa before driving back to the east coast. I wasn't expecting luxury, but clean and reasonably comfortable. The pictures looked like the place was clean and decent and even remodeled. It probably has had some paint in recent years, but it isn't a modern place, old style, small room layout. Again, all of that would have been OK. We checked in and the front desk clerk was very nice and efficient. We entered the room and realized it was a little old and worn, but thought, OK for just one quick night, it will be OK. We went to our event and returned about 11 pm. When we entered the room and turned on the light, two baby roaches scurried away on top of the microwave which sat on top of the fridge. That grossed us out. Then we saw another one in the bath tub. The wash cloths were a bit stained. The water in the sink smelled of Sulphur. The bathroom door stuck and made a noise when you got it open, so we didn't close it over night for fear of waking each other up when we went to the bathroom. The anti skid tub mat was also gross. So we slept partially clothed as the thought of what the sheets might be like was troubling and we didn't want bugs crawling on us while we slept. We did not use the shower due the smell of the water and the questionable cleanliness of the towels. I told a different clerk at check out and she was also very nice. She gave us a $35 discount. Wont be going back

By , from Daytona Beach on Mar 14, 2017

1

wifi dead zone

Everyone

The bed was hard to sleep on. The promised wifi didn't exist. I could only sleep until around 3 am and had to leave.

By on Feb 18, 2017

2

appurtenances need repair and car

Everyone

Dead bolt on the door did not work. 2 of the 4 lamps did not work. No hot water at the lavatory. The stool did not flush properly. There was a constant humming noise in the room. The tub itself was old and shows wear, the tub surround was good.The bed was comfortable. The breakfast was ok, nothing to get excited about.

By , from Lake Mary, Fl on Feb 18, 2017

4
Everyone

It is a decent hotel, no more and no less than what you need.

By on Feb 18, 2017

5

perfect for my visit

Everyone

No issues, was comfortable and convenient. Friendly at the front desk and helpful. Complimentary was nice to have as well. We enjoyed our stay and will come back next time in tampa.

By on Oct 11, 2016