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Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed here the night before we left on our cruise. Place was nice and friendly. We would stay again. Only issue was there was not many restaurants around. Had to drive a good little ways to find food. All in all was a nice stay.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were welcomed warmly and offered cookies and coffee. The staff was delightful. The room was clean and spacious. Breakfast was served. Will definitely return if back in the area. The hotel was close to the highway with easy on and off.

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Thank Lynne R
Tamara P, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Yes we are in a great location from the I 4 and HWY 301 right across from the Fairgrounds, I am glad to hear that my staff were delightful and you found our rooms clean and spacious. We hope to see you back soon. Ron GM More 

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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Check the concert schedule at the fairgrounds before booking to avoid rowdy clientele. The hotel is well used and shows it. Although it is clean. Location is within walking distance to the fairgrounds.

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Thank TSCW
Tamara P, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of my hotel. Yes we are getting tiered. Good new we are going to get a renovation the first of nex year and we are so happy. Hope to see you soon. Ron GM More 

Merritt Island, Florida
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Room was very spacious (suite) and quite comfortable. Bathroom was clean & Keurig in room...YAAAY. Room was a bit musty as carpet felt damp. Staff was pleasant & breakfast room is clean & comfortable. Cookies in the evening is a wonderful perk.

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Thank NYinFLworld
Tamara P, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Well we hope to see you back soon. I will look into that damp carpet. Thanks for taking the time to let me know. Thanks Ron GM More 

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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Hotel is very clean. Staff is very friendly - especially Athena at the front desk. Breakfast is included. There are also restaurants within walking distance. We always stay here when attending concerts at the fairgrounds. Highly recommended!

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Thank Sharon V
Ron M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Yes we are a great location for the concerts, you can check in leave your car and walk right across the street. We have two great place to eat 5 Guys right next door and a Wing House less then 100 yards. Thank you for your review and pointing out some of my staff. We try to keep our hotel... More 

Cape Coral
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Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

The location is right across from the mid Florida amphitheater and is very convenient. However, while the hotel was clean, it desperately needed to be updated. There was a musty/mildew smell in the room as soon as we walked in the room. We lowered the A/C and this seem to mask the odor. The wall paper was peeling and in... More 

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Thank MarySizemore
Ron M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review

I hope you had a great time at the concert. We are replacing our AC each month about 6 at a time to help with the smell. We are also starting our renovations Next month to be a formula Blue hotel. New clean lines modern, just like guest have told us you want. We hope to see you soon. Ron... More 

Charleston
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255 reviews
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

This hotel is located directly across from the fairgrounds, which was perfect for us. We checked in through Athena, who competently took care of our needs on our arrival. She also greeted us each evening as we came in after working each day. Oh...and we enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies. The room was clean with comfortable beds. The breakfast was... More 

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Ron M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review

I am glad to hear that Ms. Athena took good care of you. She is one of our newest front desk agents and she is fitting great. Our hotel is located in a great place for the fairgrounds. We hope to you back soon. Ron GM More 

Scotland, UK
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86 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

This hotel is just across the road from the Fairgrounds Stadium - unfortunately there is no easy way to get across the main road/freeway (a bridge or subway would be good) but we managed to negotiate our way across for the Darius Rucker/Dan & Shay concert in June. We had booked a larger room as there were 3 of us... More 

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Ron M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Yes it would be nice to have a walkway over the road. But there are crossing police men in two location. We do have a great breakfast from 6:30 am to 9:30am sorry you missed out on that. We do have a small market place off the lobby for snake items. We hope to see you again soon. Ron GM More 

Gainesville, Florida
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

We stayed here to attend a concert over at the amphitheater / fairgrounds. Overall had a pretty good stay. The price we paid was definitely more than I would normally pay (and have paid) for a Holiday Inn Express, but assume it's high due to proximity to fairgrounds/amphitheater, and being a big concert night. Didn't mind paying it for the... More 

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Ron M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review

We can't wait for you to come back and visit us. Being right across the street is great for our guest, no long wait to get out of the parking lot. I am glad that you had a great time with us. You will have to stay a little long and use our gym and our great breakfast. We hope... More 

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Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

If I could give this hotel 0.5 stars, I would. Horrible hotel and really rude, mean staff at reception especially the late night staff reception. I have never felt so unwelcome in my entire life, apart from hotel in London. I do not recommend.

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IHGService, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review

Dear Sanja D, Thank you for staying with us recently and for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. Allow me to apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced due to the level of service you have received. Let us assure you that this is not the daily norm at our property as we do strive... More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fairgrounds/Casino is located across from the entrance of both the Florida State Fairgrounds and the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. We are also only a half mile from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and offer complimentary shuttle service to guests visiting there. We are conveniently located off I-4, less than 5 minutes away from I-75. If shopping is your pleasure, we are easily accessible to Brandon Town Center mall (7 miles), Westshore Mall (12 miles) and International Plaza (12 miles). With easy access to I-75, I-4, I-275, US 41 and US 301, our guests are minutes away from all area attractions and points of interests. Our rooms either feature one King Bed or two Queen beds. Guests can enjoy our outdoor pool, fitness center, free wireless & wired high speed Internet access, business center, and great breakfast with signature cinnamon rolls. We also have a few rooms with special jacuzzi tub for some extra relaxation after a great day in the Bay area. So whether you are in the area for the Fairgrounds, Raymond James Stadium, the area Beaches, Busch Gardens, or taking in an event at the Ford Amphitheater, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at the Fairgrounds is the STAY SMART location to be. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds

Address: 8610 Elm Fair Blvd, Tampa, FL 33610
Region: United States > Florida > Tampa
Price Range: $148 - $384 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds 2.5*
Number of rooms: 76
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#39 Business Hotel in Tampa
#47 Family Hotel in Tampa
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