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Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Boca Raton, Florida
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed here several times. As far as location, it can't be beat. One weekend we went, the room rate was the same as the Hilton and you cannot compare the two. The rooms are much smaller with tiny bathrooms. However, the location is great, you're given a parking pass as parking is crazy at UF. It's clean and convenient.

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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed for one night with my daughter who was visiting the UF campus. I doubt that the location could have been any more convenient for that purpose. The parking lot appeared small, but we never had trouble finding a space. The lobby is very simple, but fairly spacious and functional. Check-in was quick, and the desk clerk was friendly... More 

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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review

Dear "Elizabeth F," Good afternoon from the Holiday Inn University Center Hotel in Gainesville. Thank you so very much for your recent patronage and feedback. We are very happy that we "fit" your needs and that you felt our "service was good." As highlighted, the property is right across the street from the University and is widely known for providing... More 

Florida
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in. The staff was wonderful, but they kept apologizing for the old hotel, and the outdated equipment. Let me start by saying a lot of people are allergic sensitive to air wick plug in's in a small space let alone a small hotel room. If the room is cleaned... More 

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Odyssey L, Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review

Good day "MiMlFlorida," We truly appreciate your feedback and patronage. Some have summarized their visits by commenting that the "staff was wonderful, nice, and helpful" however, somewhat disappointed in the age and physical plant. Indeed, the Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center has been an icon in the community for several years and well respected by many for service and consistency.... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great location for visiting UF. However, just an average hotel. Very dated rooms. Bathrooms small. Again, VERY convenient for parent visits for kids living in dorms or walking to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review

Dear "JDR29," Good morning. Thank you so very much for your recent patronage and feedback. Absolutely, many would agree with you that our property is the "perfect location for UF visiting" as we're right across the street however, you are correct that the rooms are older as the hotel has been an icon in the city for many, many years.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Holiday inn university center was a wonderful place to stay. My family was far from home because my sister had to be sent to the shands hospital. The staff at this hotel went out of their way to help us in every way possible. The Bell boy's always asked if we needed anything and helped my disabled mother in law... More 

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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review

Dear "Timothy B," Good afternoon. Hopefully this note finds your sister doing much better from a health perspective and your family in better spirits. In spite of the circumstances, thank you so very much for your patronage as well as feedback. I will share your comments with each member of my team, particularly Anthony Simmons. We're happy that we could... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The staff is so friendly and accommodating. However, this place needs a complete renovation. First, they assigned me to a room where the bath tub had stains and the plumbing was sub par. The stains on the toilet drain was unsightly. I asked for another room and they were quick to respond. Early this morning, there was a roach in... More 

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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review

Good afternoon, Thank you so very much for your patronage. We're happy that you feel our "staff is so friendly and accommodating" however, very disappointed that you feel the property needs a complete makeover, particularly after you and I spoke and you felt the hotel was clean and inviting, as well as shared positive feedback about our team to my... More 

Tampa
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I came in to Gainesville for the weekend, June 6-8th and visiting my son who goes to UF. You could not find a more convenient location for the campus on the corner of University Drive and 13th! The place is clean annexed to Poisano's restaurant and bar. They have a very nice pool deck on the 3rd Fl and a... More 

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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review

Greetings from the "Best Place to stay" in Gainesville! We truly appreciate your feedback and recent patronage. There are many others who share those same sentiments about location and service. I will share your comments with my entire team, particularly Marjory, who continuously strives to provide complete guest satisfaction with each and every guest. Again, thank you for your feedback.... More 

Sweetwater, Florida, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Excellent location close to the University, however she needs a makeover! I could just imagine the cash this place raked in over the years! OLD, but not yet a classic. Its clean. Staff is cordial. "Breakfast" is not the proper term, coffee and a vending snack is more appropriate. Restaurant in the lobby (Sub-let?) a McDonalds in the parking lot,... More 

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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review

Good evening, Thank you so very much for your comments. "If only the walls could talk..." - they'd glow about the intense focus on service as well as the fascinating new offerings on the horizon! Not only do we presently have a phenomenal Italian cuisine restaurant, serving both lunch and dinner, soon there will be a fabulous new breakfast café.... More 

Dallas, Texas
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35 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The staff here was very friendly and welcoming. The room was large, but the bathroom was small and in need of an upgrade. The AC was loud which helped drown out some of the noises around me. I think the noise was a combo of older, thin walls and some loud guests. For the really good price, the continental breakfast... More 

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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review

Greetings from the Holiday Inn University Hotel in Gainesville! Thank you so very much for your feedback. Absolutely, it is an incredibly "friendly place to stay" and our rooms are indeed very large. We pride ourselves in meeting and exceeding the expectations of all our guests although the building itself is more mature than a few of the newly built... More 

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32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

If you're looking for accommodations close to UF, it doesn't get any better than this. The staff was friendly and helpful and there is an Italian restaurant on the property. I was told the restaurant was very good, but didn't have a chance to check it out during this visit. The only complaint I had was the rooms are very... More 

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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review

Dear "Keysluver," Thank you for your recent patronage and feedback. The property has been a pillar in the community for many years and across the street from an iconic and world-class university. Your assessment in terms of access to UF, "it doesn't get any better than this" has been shared by many former guests. Indeed the property itself is a... More 

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