facing Interstate 4, the 64 room Lakeland Motor Lodge and Restaurant
complex opened in 1966. In addition to the Howard Johnson's, the
I-4/U.S. 98 interchange, located between Tampa and Orlando, came
to host numerous hospitality enterprises .
remained a Howard Johnson's until 1987. Subsequently it became
the unaffiliated Royalty
Inn. Unfortunately it was significantly altered--especially
the Gate Lodge.