My friend and I worked at a summer camp and travelled to Tampa afterwards to visit Clearwater Beach nearby. This place is by far the quirkiest place you will ever stay, we absolutely loved it! When we arrived it was only 10 mins away from the train station in the taxi and cost about 10 dollars. You wouldn't like to walk it though if you have baggage!
We stayed in the 'Tin Palace' which was a tiny room with bunkbeds but it was great! The beds were comfy and it was like living in a tree house with painted walls and ceiling, and roof windows. Graham the owner and Lewis who helped run the place are so accomodating. We had such a laugh with Lewis! Graham let us borrow the bikes everyday for an evening bike ride to the shops, let us use the kayaks and took us to the river in the pouring rain, and drove us all the way to Clearwater Beach at a small fee! And when we wanted to use the outdoors jacuzzi, he cleaned it and then warmed it up and put bubbles in it for us which was lovely! They also cooked us the nicest BBQ on our first night.
Facilities are good, there's a fully operational kitchen with a cosy lounge area and several bathrooms. It's very homely! Breakfast is free and there are plenty of things to choose from, such as toast, cereals, eggs, fruit, pancakes. But be sure to plug the pancake grill in before asking Lewis why it isn't working haha.
The atmosphere is very friendly, we met 3 lads from Switzerland and 2 girls from Germany and all sat around the bar area with the music on in the evenings.
We absolutely loved this unique place and would advise anybody who wants to be a kid for a while and experience a different style of living to stay there! This place is definitely for the care free type who wants to let their hair down and enjoy life!
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