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The Don Vicente Inn

Tampa , FL
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1915 Republica de Cuba
Tampa, FL 33605 US (map)

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813-241-4545

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Old World charm meets casual modern elegance in Florida’s premier boutique hotel where romanticism is the prevailing theme . This remarkable building was constructed in 1895 by the... Read more
Old World charm meets casual modern elegance in Florida’s premier boutique hotel where romanticism is the prevailing theme . This remarkable building was constructed in 1895 by the founder of Ybor City, Cuban patriot Vicente Martinez Ybor and is situated in the heart of the district.

Our 16 Guest rooms and suites feature modern amenities in an old European setting and many rooms have wrought-iron balconies. Guests rooms and foyer are decorated with Persian rugs and antiques. The opulent grand salon will make you feel as if you've traveled back to the peak of 19th-century luxury, while the brick and wood dining area brings to mind a cozy tavern.

From small, intimate parties of a few to large, lavish events of hundreds; The Don Vicente Historic Inn’s grand elegance is the perfect backdrop for your Special Event. Read less
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Brielle
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Such a beautiful place and the prices are affordable too! Tessa was great to work with and really listened to what I wanted and my vision! I would recommend considering this venue for your big day!
Such a beautiful place and the prices are affordable too! Tessa was great to work with and really listened to what I Read more...
Such a beautiful place and the prices are affordable too! Tessa was great to work with and really listened to what I wanted and my vision! I would recommend considering this venue for your big day! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.0/5.0
First off let me say that the Don Vicente is beautiful. There is no doubt about that. I am sure all the pictures will be beautiful because the hotel itself is amazing. If you are looking for a vintage, historic, unique ceremony I would definitely recommend this location for the appearance alone.

The reason I rated it so low was because of the responsiveness, value and customer service.

#1 They are awful at responding to emails. I would have called more often instead of email but Tiffany (my contact person at the venue) only worked in the morning and the early afternoon which made it difficult to talk with her due to my work schedule. At first I did not have a wedding planner and I was dealing with the vendors directly. During that time there were multiple occasions where I sent an email to Tessa and never got a response back. They seemed very unorganized. They were the only vendor I had that was unreliable and I felt as if I needed everything in writing. Then I got a wedding planner and that changed things a bit.

#2 The value was awful. The price for the use of the ceremony was not too bad but then they charged a service fee of 22%, which is ridiculous. I am unsure of what I was paying the service fee for. I had a wedding planner who basically did everything. The only thing they may have done is make sure no one walked into the ceremony (ceremony space is in the lobby). The price for the ceremony (+ tax) should have been enough in my opinion. Especially since the "service" was the worse thing about the vendor in the first place. Thank god for my wedding planner.

Beautiful venue, awful customer service, mediocre value.
First off let me say that the Don Vicente is beautiful. There is no doubt about that. I am sure all the pictures will be Read more...
First off let me say that the Don Vicente is beautiful. There is no doubt about that. I am sure all the pictures will be beautiful because the hotel itself is amazing. If you are looking for a vintage, historic, unique ceremony I would definitely recommend this location for the appearance alone.

The reason I rated it so low was because of the responsiveness, value and customer service.

#1 They are awful at responding to emails. I would have called more often instead of email but Tiffany (my contact person at the venue) only worked in the morning and the early afternoon which made it difficult to talk with her due to my work schedule. At first I did not have a wedding planner and I was dealing with the vendors directly. During that time there were multiple occasions where I sent an email to Tessa and never got a response back. They seemed very unorganized. They were the only vendor I had that was unreliable and I felt as if I needed everything in writing. Then I got a wedding planner and that changed things a bit.

#2 The value was awful. The price for the use of the ceremony was not too bad but then they charged a service fee of 22%, which is ridiculous. I am unsure of what I was paying the service fee for. I had a wedding planner who basically did everything. The only thing they may have done is make sure no one walked into the ceremony (ceremony space is in the lobby). The price for the ceremony (+ tax) should have been enough in my opinion. Especially since the "service" was the worse thing about the vendor in the first place. Thank god for my wedding planner.

Beautiful venue, awful customer service, mediocre value. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
3.6/5.0
The Don Vicente de Ybor Inn is a stunning venue to have a wedding reception. Any pictures taken there will definitely turn out very nice (as mine did). Also, the catering is very good. We got a lot of compliments about the food at our reception. However, working with them can sometimes be frustrating because they take a long time to respond to you, and they often get some details wrong so you have to correct them and remind them of certain things when it is time to sign the contract. We enjoyed having our reception here, but really could have done without the stress of their slow responsiveness. The solution to this is to hire Tammy Waterman from Special Moments Event planning to deal with them for you (we did, and once we did it was a relief!). Tammy knows the staff at the Don Vicente personally and makes sure they respond to your inquiries. She coordinates many weddings here so she knows exactly how to work with them and she makes sure your wedding is exactly what you want.
Overall I recommend the Don Vicente because they have very reasonable prices, a stunning venue and great catering. But if you don't want to deal with waiting for responses, hire Tammy.
The Don Vicente de Ybor Inn is a stunning venue to have a wedding reception. Any pictures taken there will definitely turn Read more...
The Don Vicente de Ybor Inn is a stunning venue to have a wedding reception. Any pictures taken there will definitely turn out very nice (as mine did). Also, the catering is very good. We got a lot of compliments about the food at our reception. However, working with them can sometimes be frustrating because they take a long time to respond to you, and they often get some details wrong so you have to correct them and remind them of certain things when it is time to sign the contract. We enjoyed having our reception here, but really could have done without the stress of their slow responsiveness. The solution to this is to hire Tammy Waterman from Special Moments Event planning to deal with them for you (we did, and once we did it was a relief!). Tammy knows the staff at the Don Vicente personally and makes sure they respond to your inquiries. She coordinates many weddings here so she knows exactly how to work with them and she makes sure your wedding is exactly what you want.
Overall I recommend the Don Vicente because they have very reasonable prices, a stunning venue and great catering. But if you don't want to deal with waiting for responses, hire Tammy. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
11/22/2014
4.2/5.0
The Don Vicente was a breathtakingly beautiful venue. It required minimal décor and was the perfect place for our wedding day. The Cuban menu was delicious. If purchasing the open bar package, I would advise confirming the availability of the liquor/mixers that you prefer, as the selection is quite limited. The staff was incredibly accommodating throughout the planning process, working with my wedding planner and me as needed. I don't think that it would be a good idea to have a wedding here without a planner, as they do not have an event coordinator on site, and all planning is left to the client. All of our guests are still talking about how beautiful their hotel rooms were, and how happy they were with the location/scenery at the venue.
The Don Vicente was a breathtakingly beautiful venue. It required minimal décor and was the perfect place for our wedding Read more...
The Don Vicente was a breathtakingly beautiful venue. It required minimal décor and was the perfect place for our wedding day. The Cuban menu was delicious. If purchasing the open bar package, I would advise confirming the availability of the liquor/mixers that you prefer, as the selection is quite limited. The staff was incredibly accommodating throughout the planning process, working with my wedding planner and me as needed. I don't think that it would be a good idea to have a wedding here without a planner, as they do not have an event coordinator on site, and all planning is left to the client. All of our guests are still talking about how beautiful their hotel rooms were, and how happy they were with the location/scenery at the venue. Read less
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Julia
Wedding:
8/29/2014
4.1/5.0
The Don Vicente was such a lovely place to host our wedding reception. Beautiful with old world charm, I knew it was the place in Ybor that would be perfect for our reception. My husband and I, along with our guests were not disappointed. It really was a beautiful backdrop to celebrate our day.

Overall the service was attentive. I struggled a bit in the beginning of our wedding planning with responsiveness and getting confusing/ mixed answers to some of the questions I asked (there was some confusion on if I could reserve the block of rooms upstairs for our guests- at first I was told yes, they were free-- and then no, they weren't). Either way, it worked itself out and our day was wonderful and my wedding planner was able to work with the staff to make everything the day of run smoothly, and look beautiful.
The Don Vicente was such a lovely place to host our wedding reception. Beautiful with old world charm, I knew it was the Read more...
The Don Vicente was such a lovely place to host our wedding reception. Beautiful with old world charm, I knew it was the place in Ybor that would be perfect for our reception. My husband and I, along with our guests were not disappointed. It really was a beautiful backdrop to celebrate our day.

Overall the service was attentive. I struggled a bit in the beginning of our wedding planning with responsiveness and getting confusing/ mixed answers to some of the questions I asked (there was some confusion on if I could reserve the block of rooms upstairs for our guests- at first I was told yes, they were free-- and then no, they weren't). Either way, it worked itself out and our day was wonderful and my wedding planner was able to work with the staff to make everything the day of run smoothly, and look beautiful. Read less
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Becca
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
The Don Vicente Inn was such an amazing venue for my wedding!!! Not only is it a spectacular venue, the food was amazing and the people were great to work with. We rented the whole inn for the weekend which was such a great thing! I had all of my family and friends all in one place! It was so amazing! I could not have chosen a better place to get married!
The Don Vicente Inn was such an amazing venue for my wedding!!! Not only is it a spectacular venue, the food was amazing Read more...
The Don Vicente Inn was such an amazing venue for my wedding!!! Not only is it a spectacular venue, the food was amazing and the people were great to work with. We rented the whole inn for the weekend which was such a great thing! I had all of my family and friends all in one place! It was so amazing! I could not have chosen a better place to get married! Read less
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In Love with Patrick
Wedding:
3/29/2014
4.9/5.0
Tessa was great to work with. She is bright and cheery, and excited for every event. Our guests raved about how good the food was, and the décor went with our speakeasy/1930s style wedding. Definitely take a look at the is place for your wedding. They are really accommodating to all your needs.
Tessa was great to work with. She is bright and cheery, and excited for every event. Our guests raved about how good the Read more...
Tessa was great to work with. She is bright and cheery, and excited for every event. Our guests raved about how good the food was, and the décor went with our speakeasy/1930s style wedding. Definitely take a look at the is place for your wedding. They are really accommodating to all your needs. Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
2/7/2014
3.7/5.0
The Don Vicente is a beautiful, old style vintage hotel. If that's the theme wedding you're having, this is the perfect location. I rated 4 stars on a few because there is a seriously HUGE miscommunication problem between 2 of the wedding coordinators. I remember the first meeting we had my mother payed for the ceremony in FULL. Months later, we were asked for our deposit. Through email months before our wedding we asked if we needed to set up another meeting right before the wedding to go through the final details. No answer. The week before the wedding we got an email asking when we could come in to go over everything. Again, just awful communication skills. BUT the hotel is so historic and beautiful, it made it all worth it!!!!
The Don Vicente is a beautiful, old style vintage hotel. If that's the theme wedding you're having, this is the perfect Read more...
The Don Vicente is a beautiful, old style vintage hotel. If that's the theme wedding you're having, this is the perfect location. I rated 4 stars on a few because there is a seriously HUGE miscommunication problem between 2 of the wedding coordinators. I remember the first meeting we had my mother payed for the ceremony in FULL. Months later, we were asked for our deposit. Through email months before our wedding we asked if we needed to set up another meeting right before the wedding to go through the final details. No answer. The week before the wedding we got an email asking when we could come in to go over everything. Again, just awful communication skills. BUT the hotel is so historic and beautiful, it made it all worth it!!!! Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
9/27/2013
4.6/5.0
We decided to have our wedding at the Don Vicente simply for it's character. We were completely enchanted with this old gem in downtown Ybor. The staff was wonderful when we entered, even offered us the chance to see a couple of the rooms that weren't occupied! Tiffany, Tessa, Damon and Jack were all so kind and really went above and beyond for us!

Most of the hullabaloo happened within the last 6-8 weeks of our wedding and Tessa and her team were able to provide gluten free options for some of our guests! The food was fantastic and I still dream about those bacon wrapped plantains! Everyone's food came out perfectly --no overcooking or undercooking! It tasted fresh and not like normal "wedding food".

The Don's team is willing to chat for hours with you about your ideas and really willing ot make sure your wedding dreams become reality! I would highly recommend them, and would even pay for an extra hour for us to party further! If you'd like a vintage feel, with good food and a great after party, pick the Don. You won't be disappointed!

The only cons I had were: the bridal suite wasn't complimentary for the night of the wedding and the communication at the beginning of our contract negotiations wasn't the swiftest. But with a simple phone call, things were taken care of. :D
We decided to have our wedding at the Don Vicente simply for it's character. We were completely enchanted with this old Read more...
We decided to have our wedding at the Don Vicente simply for it's character. We were completely enchanted with this old gem in downtown Ybor. The staff was wonderful when we entered, even offered us the chance to see a couple of the rooms that weren't occupied! Tiffany, Tessa, Damon and Jack were all so kind and really went above and beyond for us!

Most of the hullabaloo happened within the last 6-8 weeks of our wedding and Tessa and her team were able to provide gluten free options for some of our guests! The food was fantastic and I still dream about those bacon wrapped plantains! Everyone's food came out perfectly --no overcooking or undercooking! It tasted fresh and not like normal "wedding food".

The Don's team is willing to chat for hours with you about your ideas and really willing ot make sure your wedding dreams become reality! I would highly recommend them, and would even pay for an extra hour for us to party further! If you'd like a vintage feel, with good food and a great after party, pick the Don. You won't be disappointed!

The only cons I had were: the bridal suite wasn't complimentary for the night of the wedding and the communication at the beginning of our contract negotiations wasn't the swiftest. But with a simple phone call, things were taken care of. :D Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
8/31/2013
4.8/5.0
The Don Vicente was absolutely the best wedding venue in Tampa for our wedding and reception!
The Don Vicente provided the most beautiful, intimate, and romantic venue for our wedding. The Don Vicente team listened to our wishes for the ceremony, entertainment, and dining for our family and friends – and they exceeded our wishes in every detail.
The event services staff beautifully set-up the grand salon for our wedding ceremony. And, then following the ceremony, magically transformed it into a grand dining room for our 140 guests as our guest enjoyed delightful cocktails, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, and live entertainment in the Don Vicente’s downstairs lounge.
Our dinner selections were delicious beyond words! Our guests raved how incredibly delicious was the chicken stuffed with Tasso Ham & Manchego Cheese, and how perfectly prepared was their beef tenderloin! We still have friends and family commenting on how delicious were the hors d’oeuvres and dinners; and the fantastic bar service. The wedding was a week ago and even still today we received cards in the mail giving accolades about the food, the Don Vicente staff, and how beautiful the venue was for the wedding!
The Don Vicente was absolutely the best wedding venue in Tampa for our wedding and reception!
The Don Vicente provided Read more...
The Don Vicente was absolutely the best wedding venue in Tampa for our wedding and reception!
The Don Vicente provided the most beautiful, intimate, and romantic venue for our wedding. The Don Vicente team listened to our wishes for the ceremony, entertainment, and dining for our family and friends – and they exceeded our wishes in every detail.
The event services staff beautifully set-up the grand salon for our wedding ceremony. And, then following the ceremony, magically transformed it into a grand dining room for our 140 guests as our guest enjoyed delightful cocktails, scrumptious hors d'oeuvres, and live entertainment in the Don Vicente’s downstairs lounge.
Our dinner selections were delicious beyond words! Our guests raved how incredibly delicious was the chicken stuffed with Tasso Ham & Manchego Cheese, and how perfectly prepared was their beef tenderloin! We still have friends and family commenting on how delicious were the hors d’oeuvres and dinners; and the fantastic bar service. The wedding was a week ago and even still today we received cards in the mail giving accolades about the food, the Don Vicente staff, and how beautiful the venue was for the wedding! Read less
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