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Review of Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn

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Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn
1915 Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL 33605   |  
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Ranked #58 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

A really great location, friendly staff and a warm welcome. The room was well presented with a fantastic big bed. It can be hard to find hotels with true character but Don Vicente certainly has plenty of it.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We wanted a 24-hour escape, and the Don Vincente helped make it a perfect one. The historic property is beautiful and centrally located in Ybor (everything in walking distance). The lobby is impressive and our room was classy and well-sized, yet simple- exactly what we were hoping for.
With the great value it offers, we will be back indeed!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

The great thing about this place aside from the environment is the staff. They are pretty awesome and unique. No matter what time of the day or night, their is always a lot of attentiveness, and not the "required" fake kind you would expect from a chain. They are genuinely helpful and cool.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

The venerable Don is full of charm and character and the location is perfect for bar-hopping off 7th Ave. Rooms are good-sized and we had a huge balcony with a view (312). Staying here makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. I was not prepared for soft water from the shower. Definitely takes some getting used to. The a/c was icy cold and the bed was comfy. For $90 including free parking this was quite a deal. The lobby is huge and the staff is constantly cleaning, painting, etc. and the care shows.

I look forward to another stay here next month.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Damon S, Owner at Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Thank you for recommending us on TripAdvisor. We really do care about our inn, so it's nice to know that came through in our work and service. I hope you get a chance to visit Ybor City again soon!

Take care,
Tessa Shiver (Owner)
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

The outstanding staff made our trip enjoyable. They treat everyone as a VIP. They gave us the history of the hotel and made recommendations for our night out. Our room was beautiful and clean. Breakfast was great. The hotel is in the heart of Ybor City with a streetcar/trolley stop at the hotel. We never needed a car the whole time we were there. The streetcar also took us to downtown Tampa. We are looking forward to our next visit and don't want to stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Damon S, Owner at Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. Knowing that you can't wait for your return is the best compliment. I look forward to your next stay as well, and I hope you get a chance to visit Ybor City again soon.

All the best,
Tessa Shiver, Owner
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

A girlfriend and I booked a room for a girls night out in Ybor. We had never stayed here before and thought we'd give it a try. We were blown away by the charm of the Inn. Our room was very spacious and pretty. As a bonus, the night we stayed was Swing night and we had a fabulous time dancing the night away with a friendly group of people! All the staff was very friendly and I would highly recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Damon S, Owner at Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
Hi Charity,

Wow, blown away! I'm thrilled to know you and your friend had such a fabulous time. As a small business owner, I sincerely appreciate you recommending us. Hope to see you again the next time you and your girlfriend plan a night out!

Take care,
Tessa Shiver, Owner
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Ocala, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We stayed at this Historic inn and when we first entered we were amazed at the beauty and splendor of this Historic Place. We came to the desk and were treated fantastic. On top of this we were asked to come to the Director Tessa Shiver's Birthday and engagement that evening. It was a fantastic event in surroundings out of a fantasy land with food, music etc. Our rooms were extremely large with 2 queen size beds and the most comfortable mattresses we have ever slept in. Our rooms with its tremendous ceilings as well as throughout the place was immaculate, and amazing how well all is kept considering the fancy carvings, chandeliers and all throughout. The breakfast were superb with most anything one could wish from yogurt cakes, fresh oranges, milk etc. It was a pleasure to leave our car right where we entered the hotel, awhile other places were charging $8 per night to park. The Don Vicente is right in the heart of Historic Ybor City with amazing fine restaurants, a brewery, coffee mill, cigar company that we visited, as well as a great museum right nearby and an old time Streetcar trolley to take you through the city . My wife uses a walker and the hotel staff and rooms were great for us. What made us also choose this inn is that the air conditioning system was superb with central air where you can control your own settings in your room.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Damon S, Owner at Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Hi Bill,

Thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure having you at my party, and I'm delighted to know your overall experience at our inn was special and memorable. Hope you get a chance to stay with us again soon!

Best wishes,
Tessa Shiver
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Additional Information about Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn

Address: 1915 Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL 33605
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
#28 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Don Vicente Historic Inn is a beautiful boutique hotel located in Tampa, Florida. Featuring two spacious suites and sixteen guest rooms with hardwood floors, Persian rugs, cast-iron balconies, antique furniture and chandeliers gathered from around the world, the Don Vicente is the epitome of luxury and historic character. At The Don Vicente, guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, broadband internet, voicemail and writing desks, shower and tub bathrooms, TV and plush bathrobes throughout the duration of their stay. The dramatic four-poster canopy beds welcome tired visitors, while our other amenities provide the comfort and splendor fit for a King or Queen. All of the furnishings are high-end antique treasures, making the ambience of the hotel unmatched. Enjoy exploring our grand salon, where you’ll find countless conversation-starting artifacts from across the globe. It’s the perfect setting for mingling or enjoying a moment alone. Our quaint café features a wood-carved bar that was rescued from Tampa’s old Sea Wolf Bar, and can seat up to 40 guests. One of the most unique areas of the hotel is the underground lounge. Considered Ybor’s hidden speakeasy, the lounge features built-in booths, a large wooden bar and exposed brick walls. It is the ideal space to truly experience the historic Ybor City atmosphere. For your next event, consider using The Don Vicente as a beautiful backdrop and entertaining space. We host everything from weddings, showers, rehearsal dinners, anniversaries and parties to corporate functions and charity events. ... more   less 
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