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“Hostel on steroids” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gram's Place BnB GuestHouses\Hostel and Music

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Gram's Place BnB GuestHouses\Hostel and Music
Ranked #1 of 7 Tampa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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146 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Hostel on steroids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

I have stayed here several times in past years, but just revisited and it is even better than ever. It is not just for single college kids, but also serves couples, small families and us older folks. It is clean, air conditioned and most conveniences of home are there. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. The staff are eager to make you welcome and answer any questions about Tampa and the neighborhood. It is safe and the beds and furnishings are very comfortable and super clean.

Room Tip: Depends on your need for privacy or space. The larger quarters with bunk room beds are mostly forei...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Arlington, MA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

I've stayed here twice, once in the Jazz Room and and once in the Adventure Room. The jazz room is more like a typical hotel room with an private bath. The adventure room, is, well, more of an adventure with an outdoor shower and bathroom. The bunk and skylight are lovely. All rooms have A/C, which is important 9 months out of the year! :)

The owner, Bruce, is so friendly and helpful. This is the type of place where you sit out in the common outdoor areas and hang out with the staff and other guests over a beer (there's a byob fridge and they keep it stocked with bud lite too). It is a little rough around the edges, but typical of a hostel. My rooms have always been clean, I've never seen bugs, and they provide towels but no toiletries. I can't stand cookie cutter, impersonal hotel chains. This place is the exact opposite.

The neighborhood is working class. I've left fairly nice rental cars here twice and no problems whatsoever. It's close to Ybor and Downtown Tampa, which is nice.

Best of all, if you forget a belonging at this place, Bruce will send it back to you for free. I'm an awful scatterbrain and have forgotten items at hotel chains and been met with a brick wall when inquiring after them. The staff at Gram's Place really care and will make the extra effort.

Room Tip: If this is your first time staying at a hostel, you may want to stay in one of the rooms with a priv...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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South Beach, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

I have been soo impressed with this hostel and its owners. We came in late but stayed for five nights. Greeted at the door and taken to the airport by bruce, the owner. Thishostel is clean and fun. Everybody is friendly and the kitchen is the best i have seen offered by any hostel. Spa was clean and rec. Games were fun. Bbq girls beers a good music. A+ hostel. Will def be back - Garrett from boston ma.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
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St. Petersburg, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

This place has a real Florida vibe. The outdoor spaces are the focal point, with lots of shady trees, decks, and cool little bar. If you are a high-maintenance traveler, stay away. This is a youth hostel, so it does not offer B&B luxury, and it is in a building that was built circa 1940's, so it is not sparkling and sterile like a modern hotel. However, if you are a relaxed, easy-going traveler and appreciate quirky places with personality, you will love it.

Room Tip: Adventure room is small, maybe 8 x 10. The loft will fit 2, but tight. It is very cool sleeping unde...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank skiparty
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

We stayed at Gram's Place for 5 nights in October, and we could not have asked for anything better. As soon as we walked in the door, we could feel the welcoming vibe exuded from Bruce and his staff. If you are looking for true Southern hospitality this is the place. From coffee with the staff and guests in the morning, to an owner who genuinely cares about his guests and his business, and takes the time to get to know you, this may indeed be the best place we've ever stayed, anywhere. We're thinking of reasons to go back to Tampa just to stay there again.

Bear in mind, it is a hostel, and therefore isn't necessarily for everyone, but the rooms are clean, our bathroom worked, and there was breakfast included (as long as you make it yourself, and clean up afterwards).

In short, a great place to hang your hat while you're seeing Tampa!

Room Tip: Remember the address/nearby intersection of the place. Taxi drivers wont believe that there is a ho...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Jennifriend
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Pointe-Claire
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Gram's Place is really cozy, clean and fun.
Staff is very friendly, and Bruce is a great host.
I met people from Germany, Switzerland, France and Amsterdam and loved every minute of it.
If you are in the Tampa area this is the place to stay.

Lise

Room Tip: Jazz room is very nice, the Blue room as well...I loved the upper decks for private time and the spa...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank LiseErnie
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this hostel for 3 nights and I have to say, I've never seen anything like it. Very nostalgic and if you're a music lover you will appreciate the little touches throughout. The owner is extremely friendly and went above and beyond to accommodate us. This is an awesome place to stay on the cheap for a few days, and is pretty close to the interstate. It's cool if you like a social atmosphere where you can hang out in the bar area or in a shared living room area with other guests. No kids were there, most of the adults we saw were ages 35-50.

There are coded gates to get in to the property and the main doors where the rooms are. However, the surrounding area was very close to what I consider unsafe neighborhoods. There is a cemetery across the street, which some may find creepy. Sometimes you could hear phones or TV in a nearby room when trying to sleep, but mostly before 1am. If you want the most quiet, private room, I recommend the blues room. For me, I wasn't a big fan of sharing the bathroom though it was pretty clean and overall everyone was respectful of common space. The beds are old, and mattresses are too which can be uncomfortable for some. I'd suggest to bring your own pillows and towels. They do have a washer/dryer and shared kitchen on site.

The service was great and I liked the chill vibe for an affordable price. Depending on your standards, it can be a reasonable place to stay. Take the aforementioned in consideration when making your decision.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Gram's Place BnB GuestHouses\Hostel and Music
Address: 3109 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33603-5744
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tampa
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Number of rooms: 7
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