Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa at USF/Medical Center Florida Review

May 1, 2023


The hotel is part of a well-established extended stay hotels brand known as Residence Inn by Marriot . The brand was established in 1975, and by 2023, it had more than 800 hotels in the US, Mexico, and Canada. Residence Inn by Marriott is known for its first-class facilities, thanks to its slogan – it isn’t a room, it is a residence.

During my stay at the facility, I can prove to you that it strictly follows its slogan. I have prepared this comprehensive Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa at USF/Medical Center Florida review so that you can discover why this Florida hotel for young adults will be a perfect last stop for your next treasured business, leisure, or South Florida Campus tour. To unearth more, keep reading.

Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa at USF/Medical Center Florida Review

The exterior of Residence Inn hotel

The hotel is set in a quiet environment off the popular Fletcher Avenue. It’s close to the South Florida University, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center and many destinations in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, and Temple/Tampa Terrace.

The Busch Gardens Tampa hotel king studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom guest rooms and suites welcome all visitors home to this pet-friendly Tampa hotel, with free Wi-Fi, daily free breakfast, spacious workstations, and a fitness center for all types of visitors, including disabled guests.

During my stay at Residence Inn Tampa, my investigation demonstrated that this Florida hotel was designed with younger adult guests in mind. In addition to free high-speed internet and great room deals, the Tampa hotel features an outdoor pool, multi-purpose sports court, and a free shuttle Mon-Sat that transports guests to the nearest attractions and destinations like Lettuce Lake Park, the Amazon Fulfillment City Center, and more.

What’s Nearby?

Residence Inn is close to great facilities, from shopping and medical to leisure destinations. As I had traveled to relax and renew myself, my favorite leisure destinations were the Yeungling Center Tap Tour, the Tampa Bay Streetcar, and Busch Gardens.

Additional nearby facilities and attractions that were really amazing during my stay at this Tampa hotel were Tampa Riverwalk, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, Raymond James Stadium, Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa, and Florida State Fairgrounds.

Popular Amenities

The facility is home to numerous popular amenities that you would expect to find at a state-of-the-art hotel. These property amenities include a 24-hour front desk, a business center, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, free parking, laundry service, an outdoor tennis court, and tea/coffee in common areas. The kitchen, sofa bed, and a separate sitting area are additional amenities for younger adults with families.

Room Types and Features

Booking my first room was challenging, even if the process was a straightforward one. The main issue was that I was presented with more than eight room options to choose from. I had to research thoroughly about these rooms before landing a perfect match.

The rooms I had to pick from were Studio 1 King Bed with Sofa Bed No Smoking, Studio 1 Queen Bed with Sofa Bed Non-Smoking, and Suite 1 Bedroom Non-Smoking and Suite 1 Bedroom Accessible Non-Smoking Hearing/Mobility.

It doesn’t matter whether you need family rooms, accessible rooms, or a one-bedroom queen suite; you'll find an excellent option that meets or even exceeds your expectations. Each guest room includes high-quality amenities covering different categories, including entertainment, home comfort, comfortable sleep, room refresh and stay connected.

In line with these categories, Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa at USF guest room features include free Wi-Fi, phone, desk, roll-in shower, swimming pool towels, toilet paper, free toiletries, a private bathroom, and a separate sitting area. Regarding comfort, these accessible rooms feature climate-controlled air conditioning, flat-screen TV, ironing board, tea/coffee maker, bed sheets, queen sofa bed, and hypo-allergenic bedding.

Enhanced Cleanliness Measures

In my experience, the property Residence Inn has enhanced hygiene and cleanliness guest safety measures in place. The entire property is cleaned and disinfected with an electrostatic spray. Disinfectants are used to clean the facility, while commonly touched surfaces are thoroughly cleaned with disinfectants between stays.

Towels are laundered at a minimum temperature of 60oC, and guest doors are locked after cleaning using guest doors' secondary locks. Personal protective equipment ranging from masks to gloves, is available to workers and guests. Contactless check-in and out is available, and improved food service safety protocols are in place, including individually wrapped food options.

The facility guarantees that it follows the Commitment to Clean by Marriott cleaning and disinfection practices and guidelines, which include Covid-19 Guidelines, Safety AHLA USA, and Ecolab Global.

Required at Check-In and Special Instructions

The check-in and check-out times that this hotel offers are convenient for both solo travelers and those who travel with family. And one thing I discovered is that the facility requires straightforward-to-obtain check-in requirements, which include government-issued check-in photo identification and cash, debit card, or credit card deposit required for incidental concerns. The front desk staff welcomes and greets guests before starting their wonderful walk-and-stay journey in South Florida.

Food and Drink

One thing I enjoyed most during my wonderful tour was the complimentary fully prepared breakfast served between 6:30 AM and 9:30 AM on weekdays and between 7:00 AM and 9:30 AM on weekends.

Tea/coffee in common areas, BBQs, and lots of restaurants nearby offer extra dining options. Some of the restaurants I paid a visit to and enjoyed their delicious local dishes include Chick-Fil-A, McDonald's, Starbucks, and CiCi's Pizza.

Hotel food and drink

Parking and Transportation

Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa at USF/Medical Center offers on-site self-parking, van parking on-site and wheelchair-accessible parking. The hotel’s great location makes it easy to get around, thanks to several air and railway transportation options, including TPF-Peter O. Knight, TPA-Tampa Intl. Florida, SPG-Albert Whitted, PIE-St. Petersburg Clearwater and Tampa Union Station.

What’s More About the Hotel

Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa at USF/Medical Center also has free cancellation, affordable laundry services, and nice convenient suite deals and offers an average nightly price.

Pros and Cons


  • Professional, friendly, and attentive front desk team
  • Excellent places to eat locally prepared food and drinks
  • Delicious breakfast and a nice quiet place
  • Great amenities for business and leisure tours


  • Outdated interiors; however, I enjoyed my stay at this facility since all other amenities exceeded my expectations.


What’s the Check-in Age?

The minimum check-in age is 21. And the requirements don’t vary from those of other Marriott hotels.

Is Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa at USF/Medical Center Popular with Families?

Residence Inn Tampa is popular with families as it has amazing food, shopping, and things-to-do options. Business guests will also enjoy their stay at this facility.

Does Residence Inn Tampa at USF/Medical Center Offer any Business Services?

Residence Inn Tampa accommodates business guests. It features meeting rooms and a business center.

How Far is Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa USF/Medical Center from the Tampa Center?

Residence Inn Tampa is approximately 17.6 miles from Tampa Center via Fletcher Ave. That is a 24-minute drive.

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