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The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn in Tampa, FL

The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn in Tampa, FL

Specialties

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.

For your next event, consider using The Don Vicente as a beautiful backdrop and entertaining space. We host everything from weddings, showers, rehearsals, anniversaries and parties to corporate functions and charity events.

History

Established in 1998.

The Don Vicente buildling was built by the founder of Ybor, Vicente Martinez-Ybor, in 1895 as home to the Ybor Land and Improvement Company. At the turn of the century, it became a health care clinic called El Bien Publica, or "the good of the public." After the clinic closed, the building was empty for over 16 years, suffering from neglect, vandalism and fire. In 1998, Jack Shiver realized the potential for the historic building and began refurbishing it.

After the building was painstakingly renovated to match the historical period of its origin, the Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn was opened. The hotel is also rumored to be haunted, and was even featured on the Travel Channel series "The Dead Files."

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.42

Address: 1915 Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL, 33605
  • Mon: Open 24 hours
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  • Sun: Open 24 hours

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Comments (12):

1. Joz Joz Joz W.
The Don Vicente is a beautiful boutique/historic inn.  As such, the amenities are not new, but the place was recently updated and the rooms are in good condition, and there are only 16 guest rooms in this place.  If you are staying in Ybor City and don't want to stay at a boring ol' Hilton or Hampton Inn, go off the beaten path and stay here.  
Rates are reasonable and comparable to the other hotels in the area.  It's a wonderful change of pace.  

The lobby is beautiful; it's used often for weddings and corporate events.  In the mornings, they provide a simple breakfast (fruits, cereals, etc.); an easy way to start the day.  The staff is lovely and friendly.  

Hi-speed internet is available in the rooms (they offer cables if you didn't bring yours) and the decor in the rooms is charming.  For some reason I couldn't figure out how to get hot water in the shower, but since it's August in Florida, I didn't die from having a cold shower.  

Another plus = a great location; enjoy all the fun stuff and good eats of Ybor City with just a short walk.

20/08/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Karen K.
Stayed here last week as part of my birthday celebration/visit to Florida.  Such a pretty historical inn, with huge rooms, super friendly staff and free breakfast!  My only disappointment was that I did not see a ghost, this place looks like it is haunted for sure!

11/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Dahoniel P.
I came to the Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn for a Left Coast Bartenders Guild event that was totally appealing to me in every aspect. The 2012 Repeal Day Party was a smash hit and as soon as I heard about it being at this historic event, I knew that everything would be over the top and legitamite. First hearing about this event while having supper at Ciro's, the waitress introduced me a world that I will never forget. The Repeal Day Party was a smash hit for me and my date, as we dressed in according attire and learned everything and tasted everything more that was to offer at the event. Moving from room to room, you could really see how amazing this venue is and how it appealed to the event as a whole. I had an amazing time and I would really love to come back to the venue for a simple stay in the heart of Tampa. I give FIVE stars because this is truly as good as it gets. There is nothing like being in a piece of history celebrating life and all the amazing ideas it has to offer. I defnitely pan to go back soon and recommend anyone around to try coming here for their awesome events and or stays.

18/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Maria C.
Love this quaint little historic treasure. The prices are reasonable and you'll find yourself right in the center of the action---historic Ybor City. The Vicente transforms beautifully into a wedding reception, 50th birthday celebration, or even host a business meeting in the warmly lit basement club. Ask for Luigi to cater your next event at the Don Vicente Historic Inn! You'll feel like family here.

13/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Lauren H.
I had my wedding reception here and many of my guests stayed there as well.  I searched for 2 years to find the perfect (affordable) vintage wedding venue and I finally found it in the Don Vicente.  I highly recommend them.  The staff is wonderful.  The food was AMAZING.  The rooms were great.  The prices are reasonable.  They work with you to give you exactly what you want and can afford.  They have an in-house florist that I worked with that was wonderful as well.  I have no complaints.  Everything went very smoothly.  It was a really magical day.  Everything I'd hoped it would be and the DV helped make it so.

12/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Karen R.
Beautiful venue...terrible experience...communication was awful and in the end overcharged us. Beware! Had to pay full nights stay to stand in rooms till the music went on for wedding. Overcharged on bar...charged for top shelf. Not honest nor willing to work out anything. Very sad.

23/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
7. Bruno F.
I have to say, The owner of this place totally changed the view of the place. I was at 3 stars at best. But, he was able to get himself another star. The attitudes of some staff members were a little funky, but not all. Some people were simply amazing. The decor of the place is very historic like. For small weddings this place is perfect. The food was delicious

11/03/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Adam B.
This is a terrific choice for a distinctive stay in Tampa, since most of the city's hotels are very convention-centered. The Don V is only a five-minute drive from downtown and is in very easy walking distance to all the bars, restaurants, and cigar shops of the main drag in Ybor City. (There are also an awful lot of tattoo parlors there.)

The lobby is wide and ornate without being too much. You can definitely feel the history--the building's been everything from offices to a hospital--and the character has been allowed to remain, but the property is in very good shape and maintenance and cleanliness are obviously priorities. The abundance of beautiful lighting fixtures is what stands out the most, from the chandeliers to the reproduction Tiffany lamps. There are lots of damask, gilt- lined chairs and sofas in the lobby proper, then a seating area and bar where they host a lot of weddings. There's no restaurant proper, though they do cater events. A continental breakfast is set up every morning with breads and cereals--and they even brought in granola on special request.

The rooms are very attractive and have plenty of space. The bathrooms are pretty basic but again, good-sized. There are beautiful chandeliers in each room and pretty decent bedding. They could use updated TVs and it would be nice if they added mini-fridges. My only other negative comment about the rooms would be that the tile in the bathroom can be quite slippery, so be careful when you step out of the tub/shower combo!

Service is tops, with everyone on the small staff empowered to help you with anything. Just ask, and it's yours. The bar is always open, they say, and whoever is working the front desk will make you a drink on request. Complimentary wi-fi and on-site parking add signficant value and convenience. Nearby restaurants that I can recommend are Carmine's, Acropolis, and especially Columbia.

If you're looking for a gym, a pool, and a gourmet restaurant, then this is not the place for you. But if you're looking to have a very distinctive Tampa lodging experience, then look no further.

15/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Dan G.
The Hotel is a historic landmark located in
Ybor City and Tampa Bay. The building itself is 118 years old and use to be and medical facility. The Hotel has a speakeasy located where the morgue for the medical facility was and they think it's haunted but don't tell anyone because scare the ghosts . Its a great for parties and weddings.
The food at the hotel is very good as well as the service.
When I pick up customers I always talk about the Hotel and I highly recommend it over larger chains.

27/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Mark H.
Great place to stay if you wanna party hard in Ybor and avoid a possible DUI on the tek back from whence you came!  La Chica booked room 303 for us on my 40th birthday this past weekend, and we absolutely loved the place.  The staff was great, the beds in the room were extremely comfortable and the place is simply adorable.  It really is like taking a quantum leap into the past.  Old school décor, hardwood parkay flooring, intricate chandeliers, and beautiful golden crown molding.  If you're one of those knuckleheads that's used to staying at some commercialized chain hotel, this ain't the place for you.  Go stay at the local Sheraton.

They provided breakfast in the lobby with some essentials like eggs, bagels, muffins, butter, cream cheese, OJ, coffee, milk and creamers at no extra charge.  Speaking of charges, be sure to look online for their CL deal.  It's a STEAL!

There are 20-25 parking spaces around the back of the hotel, so parking is a non issues, plus there are some metered spots on the street that are free on weekends and after business hours.

Be sure to check out the basement (yes, basement) and the bar area down there.  The entire area is used for private parties.  It's creepy and cool at the same time.  Definitely worth a gander!

Um, what else?  Oh, free Wi-Fi paying guests.  That's a rarity, as most hotels charge for connection to the interwebz.

Can't wait to stay here again!

21/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
11. Jo El S.
The Don Vicente Inn was the most GORGEOUS Hotel I've ever seen! Chandelier in our bedroom with a four poster bed? Yes please! The Inn was built in 1895 and every bit as resplendent as it looks in the photos.

I would recommend Don Vicente because:

*It's in a PERFECT location in historic Ybor and everything was walk-able.
*GREAT deals to be found at Creative Loafing (I got a coupon for $75 for one night!)
*FREE Parking!
*Air Conditioner was in perfect working order for the Florida summers!
* Regal furniture you can have your own photoshoot and pretend you're in Versailles!  

While the room was beautiful and the hotel dripping with baroque gold decorations and antiques-------- something was just "off." There was just something a little strange about the place. Maybe it was haunted? Maybe it was too empty and silent,  or maybe it was the staff? The staff wasn't *rude* per se, they were just very detached. They were as aloof as a food court employee is. Efficient and gets the job done yes, but with forgettable service and the impression they'd didn't want to be there.

One of the highlights I was looking forward to was having a balcony in our bedroom! However, when we arrived I noticed that it was more of an iron grate extended a couple of feet from the door than a proper balcony. The spacing of the iron slates were so large I wouldn't have felt safe putting a chair out on it to read a book (like was my original intention.) BUT they had a GIANT second story balcony, or "Piazza," with tables and padded chairs you could watch the daily thunderstorms if you wished.

Sunday morning there was this GREAT Spinach souffle that was SO tasty but I was disappointed to see it missing from Monday's Continental Breakfast display. I was told by the Food Court employee---I'm sorry, I mean *receptionist* that the souffle is for weekends only. Since there were no eggs, all that was available were Carbs. Mini donuts, bagels, and muffins. To be fair there were apples and oranges AND some instant oatmeal you could make.....but nothing that I really wanted.

I believe there were only FOUR people staying that Saturday night. The place seemed utterly empty which was COOL because you could pretend this regal palace was all your own---but the "odd" feeling was very present in the abandonment too.

I just heard the business was sold so maybe in the future they will hire employees who are more invested in the hotel's visitors.

[YELPER SHOUT OUT: Nick S recommended this beautiful hotel to me AND found me the CL Deal to get me a great coupon!!! Thanks Nick!!!]

10/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Keny B.
Most beautiful Historic Hotel i have ever stayed in! The beds are beyond comfortable, the continental breakfast was more of a buffet of delicious, healthy food. The customer services was definitely the best. The front desk will call you a cab if needed, talk to you as if they have known you for ever, and know Ybor like the back of their hand... Will definitely be staying here again

31/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0