Well, well. I've been to the Don Vicente a number of times, for an event or a few drinks, and stayed here twice now over the past 3 years. The location is very convenient to walk all of ybor city, like 20 city blocks worth of walking. Awesome restaurants, museums, flower and gift shops, and many. many clubs for dancing...anything you can desire, it's in Ybor.
As for the hotel... well, it's very old, so it has nice high ceilings, heavy covered window dressing (good to block the light and never ending street noises. Comfortable beds, spacious rooms ... think about how the planning was a hundred years ago and there you have it. And as with antiques, you're also dealing with older codes and plumbing, electrical, etc.
If you're really after newer, but like antiques, stay elsewhere for modern conveniences, amenities and better soundproofing, and visit this beautiful historic site for drinks. They'll even show you a room or two if they are available! The people working here wear many hats, so you may wait a bit for service and answers, but they are the nicest people as well.
Some events are held here, on the first floor or in the BASEMENT! (yes, even in florida, there is an occasional basement), and the space is nice. (again older plumbing the the restrooms, so don;t go looking for modern amenities). I rate this as very good (4 stars). It could be better by having more employees, for better/quicker service, but this is a boutique hotel, so I understand the small staff. Others may rate this as average (3 Stars). I rarely over rate (extra stars) any of my reviews, except I do give small mom/pop type of businesses the edge, So while this is a solid 3 1/2 star hotel, i gave it the extra 1/2 star because it's a boutique hotel with hard working people. Enjoy!
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- 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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- Also Known As:
- Don Vicente De Ybor Historic Hotel Tampa