Tampa, midway down the Florida Gulf Coast, is a sports fan's paradise, with professional football, baseball and ice hockey, and semi-pro baseball as well as the New York Yankees in spring training all drawing the crowds. Add to this the attractions of the Tampa Bay, Clearwater and St. Petersburg beaches, plus theme park attractions such as Busch Gardens and the Lowry Park Zoo, and you have a major family vacation destination. Where families go nowadays, the family pet often follows. The challenge in Tampa is in finding affordable, truly pet-friendly accommodations. Pet fees are as of December 2010.
Comfort Inn Airport at RJ Stadium
This Comfort Inn is within walking distance of RJ Stadium, home of the Tampa Buccaneers, and George M. Steinbrenner Field (formerly Legends Field), spring training base of the Yankees. The motel has simply furnished accommodations in various configurations to suit singles, couples and families. Free shuttle service is offered to Tampa International Airport, three miles away. Shuttle service for a fee is available to the Port of Tampa and Busch Gardens. Up to two pets per room can stay for a one-time fee of $25.
Super 8 Tampa
The Super 8 in Tampa is an exterior corridor motel with drive-up access to most rooms. The motel has an outdoor swimming pool open year-round. Some upgraded rooms have microwaves and fridges, and a complimentary breakfast is included with all rooms. One of this motel's main attractions is its access to major routes for touring Tampa. It's near entrances to both I-275 and I-75. The Super 8 allows pets in designated pet-friendly rooms for a fee of $10 per pet per night. Guests wanting to make use of this facility need to book pet-friendly rooms in advance by calling 1-800-800-8000.
Howard Johnson Hotel-Tampa Airport/Stadium
The Howard Johnson Hotel near RJ Stadium and Yankees spring training allows pets, which must be declared on check-in, for $25 per night per pet. No king rooms are available for pets. The hotel provides an hourly, free shuttle from Tampa International Airport and transportation for a fee to the Port of Tampa. Accommodations in this hotel are simple but homey and are equipped with microwaves, fridges and coffeemakers. The hotel has a large outdoor pool and offers complimentary continental breakfast.
Motel 6 Tampa East-Fairgrounds
Motel 6 is a stripped-down, cheap motel group with a chain-wide, dog-friendly policy. Pets are welcome at no extra charge but cannot be left unattended in rooms. Motel 6 promotes itself as having the lowest prices of any national chain. In 2010, rooms were less than $35 per night with a kids-stay-free policy. Amenities include free HBO, wireless Internet for a small fee, truck and RV parking and free morning coffee.
- Comfort Inn Airport at RJ Stadium ; 4732 N. Dale Mabry; Tampa FL 33614; 813-874-6700
- Super 8 Tampa; 321 E. Fletcher Ave.; I-275 Exit 52;Tampa FL 33612; 813-933-4545
- Howard Johnson Hotel - Tampa Airport/Stadium; 2055 N. Dale Mabry; Tampa FL 33607;813-875-8818
- Motel 6 Tampa East - Fairgrounds; 6510 US 301; I-4 at US 301; Tampa FL 33610; 813-628-0888
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