A journey to Amsterdam and the international language of music, inspired the creation of Gram’s Place Hostel. When owner Mark Holland visited Amsterdam in 1989, he was impressed with the overall tolerance of the city. After returning to the States, he dreamed of sharing the experience of cross-cultural collaboration with American travelers. That led him to establish Gram’s Place Hostel in 1991. Twenty-eight years later, it still hosts adventurers seeking a chill and peaceful vibe in Tampa.
Although it’s named after Gram Parsons, the godfather of country rock, the hostel celebrates all genres of music. There are three dorm rooms and five private rooms, each with their own musical theme. The private rooms are themed Folk, Adventure, Blues, Jazz, and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Two of the dorm rooms are co-ed, inspired by Amsterdam and the sleeper car of a train. The Country Room is female-only with a private bathroom. Join YouTuber Carmen Sandimeggo as she explores the hostel in the clip below:
Gram’s Place is more than a place to sleep while visiting Tampa; it's also a community space where you can meet international travelers. Guests can hang out on the sundeck or in the clothing-optional jacuzzi, or grab a drink at the on-site bar, Parson’s Pub. Hammocks and waterfalls line both courtyards, and The Crow’s Nest guides guests to hidden 2nd and 3rd level decks, perfect for birdwatching and star gazing. A large indoor common area features a fireplace, a piano, and a television. Free bikes are also available for all guests to use, and the central location makes most of Tampa's sites accessible from the hostel.
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