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“Pleasant, convenient, good value” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Howard Johnson Express Gainesville

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Howard Johnson Express Gainesville
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3820 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608   |  
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Ranked #18 of 43 Hotels in Gainesville
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“Pleasant, convenient, good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The room with 2 double beds was a bit on the smaller side, but not at all tight, it was still comfortable. The bathroom was quite small but still manageable. The room and bathroom were quite clean, but the furniture was a bit scratched and the bathroom had minor cracks in the tile, and though neither was very old, both could have been updated. The carpet and bedding were in excellent condition. The water temperature and pressure was terrific. The continental breakfast was only adequate at best, but the motel was almost across the street from an IHOP. The location was great - in between the highway and the university, on the main incoming drag that most of the hotels are on, but the motel is set way back from the street, so there is no street noise at all. Also, the general ambience is quiet and relaxing - perhaps because of the time of year and the motel not being full, but one has the impression that it is always so. The staff - both the owner/managers who seem to live there, and the cleaning staff were very friendly and accommodating. A good size refrigerator and a small microwave were positives, as was the rustic but generous outdoor space that included a volleyball court and picnic benches along with a small outdoor pool. This motel had another big plus for me - the window in the room actually could open! Overall, one of my more positive hotel experiences at any price!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Paul P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Gainesville, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
I am so glad to hear your stay at Howard Johnson Gainesville was a positive experience! We appreciate your comments about our great outdoor space, our location, our clean and comfortable rooms and of course our staff. We are delighted you stayed with us during your recent trip to Gainesville and would like to Thank you for your kind and descriptive review of our hotel. We hope to see you again soon.
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Do not understand the glowing reviews. Worn, old motel. Unprofessional service. Two used, almost-gone rolls of toilet paper in bathroom that barely lasted the night (gross and tacky). Might stay here again only if the price was right, and only for a night or two.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Paul P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Gainesville, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Thank you for your feedback. We take our guests comments very seriously and always strive to provide comfortable, friendly and reasonably priced accommodations. If you should have a problem or forgot an item at home, we just ask that you call guest services and it shall be taken care of immediately. I am sorry that our hotel fell below your expectations and hope that you will give us another chance when you visit Gainesville.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

This was our second stay in this hotel, and we never had problem. It has microwave and refrigerator which they help us a lot. Continental breakfast has little options, but THEY HAVE BREAKFAST. Overall, I'll stay here again, again, and again. Thank you!!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Gainesville, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we welcome you to come and stay with us any time you are in town. It was a pleasure having you as our guest and thank you for your business!
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Address: 3820 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
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Location: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Gainesville
#14 Business Hotel in Gainesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Gainesville 2*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are newly remodeled and finished our remodel late 2010. We now have new bed, new bedspreads, new carpets, new exterior, new interiors and offer a quaint breakfast selection. We still have our sparkling clean pool, and plenty of parking. We accommodate students, parents, truckers and travelers of all kinds, though, we are sorry we do not accept pets. We are conveniently located close to the Football stadium of the University of Florida, Shands Hospital, the VA Hospital, Gainesville Airport, and Gainesville Racetrack (home of GatorNational). ... more   less 
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