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Old 01-07-2012, 09:13 AM
Location: Durham, NC
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Hi! I am relocating to Tampa end of April and was wondering if anybody could tell me, out of Suburban Extended Stay (near airport), In Town Suites (E. Adamo Dr.) or Value Place (Lakeland), which would be the safest choice? Obviously, anyone staying at a hotel with an out-of-state tag, kind of feels vulnerable. If anyone knows of a decent motel, even, in a safe area for $40/night or less, I would appreciate that info also. I am not paranoid, but nobody wants to become a victim of crime, and a safe place to live while I'm looking for work & a new apt would make my new start much more enjoyable! Thanks!
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:36 AM
Location: Tampa, Fl
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The area near the Airport is perfectly safe, as is E. Adamo Dr (County Jail around the corner, so there's plenty of Patrol). I've never really felt unsafe anywhere in the Tampa area. As for Lakeland, I don't live there, I couldn't tell you the bad parts of town. I would say though, that it'd be a lot easier commute and job search wise to stay in the city.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:06 AM
Location: Jupiter, FL
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My experience in other cities is that extended stay hotels seem to attract scummy people. I haven't figured out why.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:43 PM
Location: Tampa, FL
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Any of the places you mentioned would be fine
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:38 PM
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I wouldn't stay in Lakeland if you are looking for work/apt in Tampa. Nothing wrong with Lakeland but why put yourself so far away from Tampa.

I have a friend who stayed at the Homestead Extended Stay a few years ago and she spoke highly of the place. Only bad thing would be that you are in the flight pattern.
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:07 AM
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Go to biddingfortravel.com or betterbidding.com, look at the 2* and 3* properties in each region of Tampa to confirm that the list of locations is acceptable, and then make an aggressive Priceline bid for a several week stay. An "extended stay" kind of property that was asking $99 a night accepted a bid of $35/nt from me for a recent week-long stay.

Any savings from staying in Lakeland will be eaten up by gas, time and aggravation of sitting in traffic.

I do not think that $35-40 is out of the question to snag a good hotel in Tampa, not a fly-by-night motel/dump.

Here are the hotels that participate in Priceline name-your-own-price:



3 Star
Courtyard Tampa Brandon
Embassy Suites Tampa Brandon
Homewood Suites Tampa - Brandon

2.5 Star
Fairfield Inn Tampa Brandon
La Quinta Inn Brandon
Holiday Inn Express (another possible hotel; not reported yet)

2 Star
La Quinta Inn Tampa Brandon West (formerly Baymont Inn and Suites) [reviews]
Homestead Studio Suites

Busch Gardens

3 Star
Embassy Suites USF/Near Busch Gardens [reviews]
Holiday Inn Tampa Near Busch Gardens-USF (formerly Doubletree Guest Suites) [reviews]
Hyatt Place Tampa/Busch Gardens [reviews]

2.5 Star
Clarion Inn & Conference Center (formerly Tampa Hotel) [reviews]

2 Star
La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay USF [reviews]
Possible: La Quinta Inn Tampa-Near Busch Gardens

1 Star
Possible: Howard Johnson Express Inn Tampa North/Busch Gardens
Possible: Rodeway Inn Tampa

Tampa Airport North

3.5 Star
Possible: Mainsail Suites Hotel and Conference Center

2.5 Star
Hampton Inn Tampa-Veterans Expressway

2 Star
Homestead Tampa - North Airport [reviews]

Tampa Airport South and Westshore

4 Star
InterContinental Hotel Tampa (formerly 3* Wyndham Westshore) [reviews]
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza [reviews]

3.5 Star
Crowne Plaza Tampa - Westshore (formerly Park Plaza) [reviews]
Doubletree Tampa Airport Westshore [reviews]
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore [reviews]
Marriott Westshore [reviews]
Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore [reviews]
Wyndham Tampa Westshore (formerly Quorum Hotel) [reviews]

3 Star
Embassy Suites Airport/Westshore
Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore

2 Star
Extended Stay America Tampa - Airport - Westshore
Hampton Inn Tampa Airport - Westshore
La Quinta
Ramada Westshore Tampa Airport (formerly West Shore Inn and Quality Hotel Airport Plaza) [reviews]

Tampa Airport West

4 Star
Grand Hyatt Tampa [reviews]
Possible: Westin Tampa Bay

3.5 Star
Doubletree Guest Suites Tampa Bay [reviews]
Marriott Tampa Airport [reviews]

2.5 Star
Best Western Bay Harbor Hotel (formerly Bay Harbor Hotel and Radisson Bay Harbor) [reviews]
Chase Suites [reviews]
Possible: Sailport Waterfront Suites

2 Star
Extended Stay Deluxe Tampa Airport (formerly Wellesley Inn & Suites) [reviews]

Tampa Downtown

3.5 Star
Hyatt Regency Tampa [reviews]
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk (formerly Radisson Riverwalk) [reviews]
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina [reviews]
Westin Harbour Island [reviews] (formerly Wyndham)

3 Star
Courtyard Tampa Downtown
Residence Inn Tampa Downtown [reviews]
Possible: Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown

2 Star
Howard Johnson Plaza
Possible: Hampton Inn Tampa/Ybor City/Downtown

Tampa East - Fairgrounds

3 Star
Crowne Plaza Tampa East
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East/Brandon
Possible: Residence Inn Sabal Park/Brandon

2.5 Star
Baymont Inn Tampa Fairgrounds (formerly Amerisuites Sabal Park)

2 Star
La Quinta Tampa East - Fairgrounds (formerly Baymont Inn Fairgrounds)

1 Star
Days Inn Port of Tampa/Ybor City (formerly La Quinta) [reviews]

Tampa North

3 Star
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North
Residence Inn Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher
Possible: Courtyard Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher

2.5 Star
Wingate Tampa North [reviews]

2 Star
TownePlace Suites Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher
Possible: Extended Stay America Temple Terrace

Tampa Stadium - Dale Mabry

3 Star
Tahitian Inn

2.5 Star
Courtyard Westshore

2 Star
Comfort Inn Airport at RJ Stadium
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa Airport

1 Star
Possible: Howard Johnson Tampa Airport/Stadium

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Old 01-08-2012, 09:41 PM
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I'd pick the one near the airport. It's a safe area, just don't leave any valuables visible in your car. About the worst thing you have to worry about is getting your car broken into, however that's still pretty much a rarity.
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:28 PM
Location: Orlandooooooo
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I'd find a job first. ?
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