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“Wonderful Stay at HoJo” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #16 of 44 hotels in Gainesville
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Wonderful Stay at HoJo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

While staying at HoJo in Gainseville, the desk cleark, Paul, made us feel very welcome and he was very thorough in the registration process. In room 114, where we stayed, it smelled clean and everything we needed was at our fingertips. The bed was comfortable, it was well lite and the complimentary breakfast meal was filling. Pau recommended us to the restaurant next door where the food was excellent and at a reasonable price. We intend on going back to this location whenever we are passing through again from Ga to Orlando, FL Thanks Paul for your warm hospitality.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • 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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Austell, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We went to Orlando the previous night and stayed in a Days Inn (They were out of room keys), so we decided to go get some dinner and come back for our key. We were alarmed by the smelly, stained carpets, no internet access though advertised, and no hot water. We decided to check out that morning and spend the next night at a HoJo Express. We drove two hours and decided to stay in Gainesville after spending the day at one of the Orlando attractions on the way back to Atlanta. When we walked into the room, we were greeted by the smell of fresh linen, air freshners, heat, and many other wonderful benefits the previous inn lacked. Our hot water was Extra Hot. Our continental breakfast was fresh and not picked over.PAUL THE INN KEEPER WAS AWESOME!!!! We had no complaints about any aspect of our stay. He even gave us the kind of room we requested (the previous experience we were told we could not have a downstairs room after driving for 7 hours). Since we had been walking all day looking at attractions and driving for two hours the last thing we wanted was to lug our belongings up flights of stairs. Paul thank you for your curteousness and kindness. EVERYBODY SHOULD GO HERE if you ever go to Gainesville.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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, January 26, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review of our hotel. We very much appreciate your positive comments about our rooms, breakfast and staff. We always try to meet our guests request concerning room preferance and was delighted that we could meet yours. It was a pleasure having you as our guest. Thank you for your recommendation and we hope to see you again soon!
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St. Petersburg, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

At an affordable rate, this motel is clean and quiet. Staff is polite, and breakfast is ok. We stayed a second time, and will stay again. Having a refrigerator and microwave in the room is an added convenience. The windows open which is a nice feature in pleasant weather.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 16, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with Howard Johnson Gainesville and for taking the time to write such a positive review. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We strive to offer a comfortable stay for and exceptional rate and I am glad we were able to meet your expectations. We look forward to seeing you again!
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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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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Express Gainesville

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:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Gainesville
#13 Business Hotel in Gainesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Gainesville 2*
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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