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“Nice, hippie vibe - helpful staff”

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GP Gram's Place Hostel
Ranked #1 of 7 Tampa B&B and Inns
Tampa Bay
1 review
“Nice, hippie vibe - helpful staff”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

I stayed for one night while I was in Tampa and Luis was so helpful and friendly. He made a spectacular dinner (at a great price -- $4.00 donation to the hostel) of chicken, arroz de espanol, green beans, red potatoes, and cuban bread. I'm told he does this once a week or so. It really added a wonderful touch to my stay, because one often needs a good, reasonably-priced meal, especially because there isn't really any food place within walking distance.

The bed was very firm and comfortable, room was clean. Christine was on-hand to help out as well with any needs. Bruce, the owner, is welcoming and warm. He likes baseball, so he was sitting with others watching the Rays game at his outdoor Tiki bar. It's a funky, cool place. They had bikes to use, so I went off to the liquor store for some warm beer (their fridge was out).

This is a great place to stay if you want to explore downtown Tampa and its museums, because it's really close (~2 miles). Gram's place is also directly off the #1 Tampa Hart bus, which runs every 1/2 hour. I'll definitely be back, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants cheap, funky accommodations. Music-theme was very cool. Also, when I was there, there were awesome guests. We sat around drinking beer and watching guy TV (guys fixing cars, motorcycles), and it felt like a family (a nice one ;). Really relaxed and nice environment.

The only thing I'd change is the Country Music ladies dorm is right off the TV room. Quiet time starts at 11PM. I'd hoped for an earlier quiet time, but I had to be up early in the morning.

All told, really nice place. Oh, yes, and when it rains, it makes a wonderful, sleepy sound on the tin roof. Slept like a baby!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 18 August 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.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Arlington, MA
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Reviewed 24 April 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, travelled with family
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South Beach, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 22 April 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, travelled solo
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 17 March 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, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 16 March 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!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Pointe-Claire
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Reviewed 28 January 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

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Property: GP Gram's Place Hostel
Address: 3109 N. Ola Ave., Tampa, FL 33603-5744
Region: United States > Florida > Tampa
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
Gram`s Place Bnb Guesthouseshostel And Music Hotel Tampa
GP Gram's Place Hostel Tampa, Florida

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