The Lofts location is in the heart of Downtown Tampa. It's close proximity to the Straz Performing Arts Center, University of Tampa, all Court Houses, Tampa Theater, Florida Aquarium, all Museums, Tampa Times Forum, Restaurants, Riverwalk, Channelside and Ybor City make it an ideal location for work or play.
Fred was really great. I wasn't sure about my arrival time, and he was very accommodating and easy to communicate with. The place was perfect. It's a nice walk along the river to the convention center.
The loft was clean and beautifully decorated. It was an awesome place to spend a week in Tampa. Fred was very accommodating and helpful. The location was close enough to walk to the convention center which is why we were there. But also central to all the shops and nightlife. Perfect! If we find ourselves in the Tampa area we will most certainly rent again!
Fred was a great host! We enjoyed our stay at the Spain loft. The space was quiet, clean and beautiful, and walking distance from the convention center, waterfront, restaurants and bars. We also enjoyed delicious tapas at Fred's restaurant downstairs. I will stay here again the next time I visit Tampa.
If you are planning a trip to Tampa, this is the place to stay. The loft is spacious, clean and very well appointed within - and it's in a great neighborhood with lots of cool restaurants and shops nearby. Fred was a great host - he gave us good tips on local bars & restaurants as well as some background on the city.
Can't recommend staying here highly enough - if your friends are staying at the Marriott, stay here instead for half price, it's a 10 minute walk through a nice part of town to the water/Marriott.
Fred is a very nice guy who greeted us at the door with keys in hand, as arranged. The loft is beautifully designed, open and airy, and the bed is very comfortable. The plank floors are wider than standard, and the renovation was a huge success. The floors did not bounce or creak. We enjoyed our time there very much. We did not get a chance to eat at Spain, which is also owned by Fred and his sisters, but it was filled every night. Parking was easy an inexpensive, and there is an excellent coffee shop, Indigo, right around the corner on Franklin.
If you enjoy staying in a beautiful metropolitan downtown (and Tampa has a very attractive metro-area), within safe and easy walking distance to a wide array of restaurants, museums, theaters, the University of Tampa, and the lovely Tampa river walk (along the Hillsborough River), the Spain Lofts are for you.
The Lofts are located in the heart of downtown Tampa above the Spain Restaurant, itself a delightful, reasonably priced eatery that serves wonderfully delicious meals. Fred Castro, the owner of the property, is a genuinely friendly and personable individual who exudes warmth, grace and class. It was a real pleasure to get to know him and to meet a few of his family member. It was equally pleasurable to interact with his employees who are pleasant and friendly folks who are well trained and very adept at what they do.
The Spain Lofts have six units on two floors above the restaurant. My understanding is the five of the six are leased on a long-term basis. All units are accessible only through a secure private entrance with its own elevator. The unit available for short-term rental periods, in which my wife and I stayed, is on the second floor. It is spacious, clean and quiet. Its furnishings and equipment, while basic, are adequate and appropriate for metro-living.
Both my wife and I ride bicycles for pleasure and exercise. Tampa is essentially "biker friendly," and we enjoyed biking the river walk, leaving the downtown area by crossing the Hillsborough River on the Platt Street Bridge, and biking Bayshore Boulevard (on an extra-wide sidewalk). As the name implies, Bayshore Boulevard runs along the Hillsborough (Tampa) Bay, past several very nice residential areas, including the fashionable Hyde Park. The five-plus mile ride from downtown to the end of the sidewalk is gorgeous. It can be extended for a few miles on modestly traveled streets to the Mac Dill Air Force Base, located on the southern edge of the South Tampa peninsula. The round-trip ride from the Lofts to Mac Dill is about 14 to 15 miles. Davis Islands, also located very close to downtown, is another beautiful ride easily done from the Lofts. Tampa has a number of other bike trails including the Courtney Campbell Causeway running toward Clearwater.
All in all, we greatly enjoyed our five-week stay at the Spain Lofts. The location is superb---fantastic! The rental unit (loft apartment) is modern, safe, clean and quiet. The Spain Restaurant provides a delightful dinning experience. Fred is a great host---welcoming, outgoing and interested in providing value for his renters and customers. His staff members are equally "customer friendly."
Fred met us on arrival and gave us a great orientation not only to the Spain Loft, but also to the neighborhood. Both Fred's hospitality and the Spain Loft were fantastic. We were at a conference all week and the Spain Loft became our oasis after very long days. It's a very comfortable space with lots of nice amenities.