My wife and I needed to be near McDill AFB in May 2017. We stayed on base at the base lodging. The facility is fairly new and very nice. The people there were most helpful and very courteous. I would recommend it if in the area.
The Air Force Inn is great. Fairly new building, big spacious rooms, nice little bar w/craft beer available downstairs along with some light food offerings. Exceptional service at the front desk; easy in and out.
I stayed at the MacDill Inn the last week of September 2018 for three nights and was pleasantly surprised as I’d never been to MacDill before. The lodging was an almost new building with a nice bar off the lobby with craft beers (and the ones I tried were all excellent). The room was spacious with a micro-fridge, comfortable seating and fairly firm bed. The civilian staff at check-in was pleasant enough, but I found the uniformed USAF personnel at check-out to be friendlier. I found this location to be a great jumping off point to visit friends near Tampa as this was also my first trip to the Tampa Bay area. The MacDill Inn is every bit as good as many commercial hotels outside the gate and unlike the Army, which has outsourced its lodging to the IHG Group and charges commercial rates + tax for leisure travelers, the USAF continues to deliver high quality and value priced lodging to its customers.
I realize the Army is not in the Lodging Business as a core function, but they used to be and IMO, they’ve sold out military travelers and have allowed a commercial company to charge market rates and make a profit, in many cases in facilities originally built with tax dollars.
Given a choice, I will opt for USAF INNS all the time. Well done MacDill Inn and Air Force Inns.
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