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“Great place for Gator Games” 4 of 5 stars
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Econo Lodge University
1.5 of 5 Motel   |   2649 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608   |  
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Ranked #29 of 44 hotels in Gainesville
Stuart, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great place for Gator Games”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2011

We stayed at the Econo Lodge University for almost all the Gator games in 2010. The place is a family owned motel and the provide excellent service. The place is older and worn but for the price and location it is 2nd to none. We had a newborn last year and we felt comfortable keeping him here. If your looking for a place to lay your head for a football weekend and don't want to spend the big bucks then this is your place.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Yorkshire
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59 reviews 59 reviews
51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

Arrived at this hotel as it was getting dark. Went to the room and then straight out for a meal. On our return put on the lights and the room looked grubby. Well we were tired and it was only for 1 night. Looked for the coffee maker and couldn't find one so decided to boil a cup of water in the microwave. As I opened the door the smell was disgusting. There was a coating of old dried food spattered on the back and top of the microwave. Judging by the amount I wonder when or if it had ever been cleaned. Can you imagine if it had dripped or dropped in to the cup. Salmonella for sure. My husband turned on the air conditioning unit (wondered why it was not on as it had been 95+ that day) There was no top cover on the unit and the noise and smell (something rotten? ) was overpowering. There must have been a quarter inch of dust in there. I went straight to reception to complain. The asian lady (wife of the manager) said we could move to another room that was booked but the man wouldn't be arriving till later (there was a ball game on) I insisted that she come and look at the problems which she did very reluctantly and seemed totally unconcerned by them. She said to give her 15 minutes. When we got to the second room this was better. Air con worked, coffee maker, and a fresh smell of cleaning detergent in the microwave (15 mins of cleaning?) Lord help the man who got our 1st room. The next morning went to check out and the smell of curry in the reception made your eyes water it was so pungeant. I commented on the room again and the manager and his wife seemed to not give a damn and just smiled and shrugged their shoulders at our comments. This hotel is a health hazard. NEVER again.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2010

We really enjoyed our stay, it was relaxing and quiet. No loud parties. It was quiet and comfortable. We stayed in the queen bed room. We found the room to be very clean and the motel staff very friendly and helpful.

Would probably stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Gulfport, MS
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2010

We had an emergency visit to Gainesville to take care of a relative (student at UF) that had surgery. We found the lodging to be clean and safe. When we had a problem, it was attended to right away. The staff could not have been any nicer. The value for your money is outstanding. I would recommend a stay there to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

The bed was hard as a rock, the pillows here just as bad. We had a empty box of Klennix in the room, which I left out in hopes they would take the hint and leave a box. No way. Then the hand towel that was dirtied was not replaced when the room was made up.

When taking a shower the handle came off in my hand.

Complimentary breakfast.. HA! Very little choice of anything to eat. According to hotel details says there was a coffee maker as one of the room amenities...if there was one I wonder where it was? I sure didn't see it.

Had booked a room with a King sized bed, ended up in a queen.

Would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, CO
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2009

This hotel was awful. The beds were hard and the pillows were thin and flat. There were no electrical outlets near the desk for the computer. If you unplugged the microwave, the refrigerator didn't work. Everything was old and had a funny smell. The room was small. The price was really high for a hotel of this quality. The front desk was unmanned most of the time.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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newjersy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2009

Very nice and clean/ new furniture and great service. Got a good night sleep, no noise/ beds were great.

Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Address: 2649 S.W. 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608
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Location: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #29 of 44 hotels in Gainesville
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Hotel Class:1.5 star — Econo Lodge University 1.5*
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Econo Lodge Gainesville
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