My family & I booked 2 rooms at The Lodge at Gainesville for my graduation from the University of Florida. Although the rooms were booked separately, since we checked-in together we were able to get adjoining rooms on the second floor. We had booked 2 executive king rooms & they were certainly worth the money spent for one night ($137). Our rooms had a very comfortable king-sized bed, a mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, & a balcony with 2 chairs that was overlooking the parking lot. The bathroom was adequately sized, as was the room itself. Parking was included & we were able to park right next to the door that was closest to our room, which was always locked yet accessible by swiping our room key.
Happy hour, or HOURS would be more appropriate, was the highlight of our stay! From 5pm-7pm, the lobby bar offers all you can drink draft beer (which has limited choices), house wine, and well drinks. My family & I very much enjoyed consuming our complimentary drinks in the well-decorated lobby, which truly had the ambiance of a cabin in the woods. We loved the décor & the amount of seating space in the lobby area to enjoy our drinks & each other's company! After happy hour, we were able to walk to the Gainesville Ale House to enjoy dinner ... & a couple more drinks! Later in the evening, we took advantage of the pool for a night swim. The water was VERY warm & the pool had nice depth, ranging from 3 feet up to 9 feet. There was also a hot tub on the premises, but it was out of order during our stay.
In the morning, we did take advantage of the complimentary breakfast for a snack before heading over to campus for graduation. Breakfast had many choices, but seemed limited in hot choices. Whatever hot food was available was scarfed up quickly by the large amount of people present so we didn't have the opportunity to try any hot food. But, there was cereal, yogurt, bagels, fruit salad, and baked goods available for us to munch on. The hotel was in the perfect location; right next to the interstate (I-75) with easy access to campus & a variety of restaurants on Archer Road.
All-in-all, we greatly enjoyed our stay & would not hesitate to stay here again in the future! This hotel is highly recommended by all in my family! :)
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Thanks for taking the time to post this wonderful review. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at our Lodge. We strive to provide clean comfortable rooms with excellent customer service and it always makes me happy when I read comments like this. I am so glad that you were able to enjoy our lovely cocktail reception. It is a big highlight for our guest at the Lodge. I am sorry that you weren't able to enjoy our great hot breakfast bar. Again thanks for your comments and we look forward to your next visit.
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