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“Banquet Dept.” 5 of 5 stars
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Wyndham Garden Gainesville
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2900 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608 (Formerly Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 44 Hotels in Gainesville
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Banquet Dept.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Our Kiwanis Club only has excellent things to say about Tracy and the banquet group. From the room set up to the food to our wait staff - everything is always perfect.
We meet weekly and have been at the Paramount for three years and we are always very pleased.
W T Chesnut

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Bill C
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rob1302, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Gainesville, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Mr. Chestnut we would like to thank you and the Kiwanis club for offering such kind words. The Paramount Plaza is very pleased and honored to have you at our hotel. We look forward to many more years with you all. We will make sure that every member of our banquet staff is recognized for a job well done. If there is anything that you need please feel free to contact me direct.

Thank you,
Robert Knight
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

My husbands company has held their annual corporate meetings at the Paramount for the last few years. It is a weekend meeting that involves arranging meeting rooms, lodging, banquets and individual meals. The meetings have been held at other hotels in Gainesville that have done an adequate job but Paramount Plaza has a combination of warmth and professionalism that sets them apart from the others. Working with Tracy Ryan is such a pleasure! Her enthusiasm and attention to detail make every event special. I have had Tracy and the Paramount catering staff cater events in my home! My guests all commented on how friendly they were and how amazing the food was both in taste and presentation. You will not be eating "banquet food" with Tracy at the helm! I highly recommend Paramount Plaza for your next corporate event!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Rhonda C
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rob1302, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Gainesville, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Rhonda C we would like to say THANK YOU for the kind words. The catering staff at the Paramount Plaza prides itself on giving the best customer satisfation both on site and off site. Tracy brings such a great level of professionalism to every event. We will make sure that she is recognized along with her staff. The Paramount Plaza looks forward to your next event!

Thank you
Robert Knight
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Gainesville, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

My daughter had her wedding at the Paramount and we worked with Tracy. She was very accommodating. Tracy and her staff made the event magical and memorable. The ceremony and reception was beautifully decorated too. The food was great and the bridal room was fantastic!

Thank you Tracy!!

PS: One of her bridesmaids had her wedding at the Paramount also and was very, very pleased!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank M Dean D
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rob1302, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Gainesville, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
We are so glad that we could make the day magical for you all. Tracy is always point on when it comes to wedding and event planning. We will make sure that we staff is praised also. The Paramount Plaza would like to say congradulations ! If you need anything in the future please dont hesitate to give us a call.

Thank you
Robert K
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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Our stay at the Paramount Plaza in Gainseville was highlighted by the delightful service in the dining room. We were served by Jake, a young Univ of Florida student, who was thoughtful, attentive and engaging! He alone is a good reason to return to the Paramount Plaza!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Lois S
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Robert K, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Gainesville, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Me. Lois S, Thank you for your kind words. Jake is one of our great employees in the restaurant. We hope that in the future you will consider us again for your accomidations and dinning needs. Please book with us direct to get the best savings.

Thank you
Robert Knight
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Nashville, Tennessee
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I was thrilled to death that if it's too good to be true...it can be.
The short 3 miles off the interstate was well worth the time.
Great looking curb appeal and when I checked out the room before checking in, I was surprised how spacious,immaculate, and a great view.
I was only going to stay one night, but decided to extend our stay another 3 nights to be tourists and enjoy the Gainesville area.
The staff were always more than happy to please us any way they could. Especially, Holly,Evan & Rachael
I would recommend this hotel and stay again whenever passing through.....

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Louis C
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Robert K, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Gainesville, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Louis C thank you for such kind words and such a great review. It is reviews like yours that keep us climbing that ladder of success. We know that you have many choices for accomidaitions when visiting Gainesville and we want to say "THANK YOU" for choosing the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center. We love it when a guest mentions our staff my name, each employee will be rewarded for you mention. We hope that when you return to the area you will choose to stay with us again.

Thank you
Robert Knight
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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Stayed here for one night -- a comp room through the University of Florida. So "value" of room was lost on me. This is a budget property. As much as you try, you can't put lipstick on a pig and call it a prom date.

Pros:
Nice staff; manager escorted me to my room when initially my key did not work
Decent cosmetic renovations make it appear nicer/from this decade
Very nice and clean shuttle bus, service and driver
Room was quite large

Cons:
Had to walk outside in the rain to my room in the 1000 building. Room key didn't work.
Back to Lobby in rain. A bummer at 11:30pm after traveling.
No snacks/water for purchase; had to rely on floor vending machine
Finally got to room, vending machine wouldn't take my dollar bills; had to go to another floor
Oldest/grimiest hotel elevator I've seen in a while; also extremely slow
No reading lamp in room next to bed -- tried to move a lamp; no outlet. Stretched floor lamp across room as close to bed as possible
Mattress felt cheap/poor quality
Couldn't figure out how to turn off the very bright balcony light
Noisy AC unit
VERY slippery bathroom floors. Be sure to use mats.
Bring ear plugs. You can hear every door/every thing in the hallways.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Bobeana
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rob1302, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Gainesville, responded to this review, March 2, 2013
Ms. Bobeana we would like to thank you for you review or our property. We do a lot of business with the University of Florida and Shands Teaching Hospital. Unlike newer hotels in the area our property is set on a State Nature Preserve making it a one of a kind property in Gainesville. We are currently under major renovations, not just cosmetic by any means. We are not always able to put our guest in a newly renovated room due to construction reasons. As you can see from our other reviews we rank in the top 10 hotels in Gainesville out of 44. We take the good with the bad in all our reviews and we will address all your issues with our staff. Our buildings do have cover walk ways from each building located on the first floor which adjoin to our main building. Vending machines are located on each floor and The Paramount Plaza Hotel offers a full service restaurant and bar. Our elevators are in the process of being replaced and I am sorry that you had to experiance them in such shape. For your saftey the lights are required to stay on at night on the balconys but each rooms sliding door is supplied with Blackout Draps. If your ever back in the area again please contact us to book direct. We would like for you to stay in our new renovated rooms.
Thanks Robert Knight
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Owensboro, Kentucky
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Stayed here on Feb 12th for a ball game and again on Feb.th overall 'good" experience the hotel is dated some but the rooms were clean. It's kind of roll of the dice on the rooms as it looks like they are remolding. But it worked out fine for us both nights.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank Paul E
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Robert K, General Manager at Wyndham Garden Gainesville, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Thank you Paul for taking the time to give us a review. Yes, the Paramount Plaza Hotel is under major renovations so its hard for us to get every guest into a renovated room. It is a process that is ongoing, especially when we are at high demand. We hope that when you are returning to the area that you will consider us for your accomidation needs again. I would like to offer you a free upgrade to one of our suites and remodled rooms. Please contact me direct at 352-377-4000 ext 3420

Thank you again,
Robert Knight
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Address: 2900 SW 13th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608 (Formerly Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites)
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Location: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Gainesville
#7 Family Hotel in Gainesville
#14 Business Hotel in Gainesville
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Hotel Class:3 star — Wyndham Garden Gainesville 3*
Number of rooms: 197
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Wyndham Garden Hotel and Conference Center stands out amongst the best accommodations in Gainesville, Florida. Bordered by the picturesque Bivens Arm Lake Nature Preserve, the hotel is Gainesville's only lakefront hotel, offering a taste of Florida the way it used to be. The Wyndham Garden Hotel & Conference Center offers full-service Gainesville hotel lodging at surprisingly affordable rates. The Wyndham Garden is ideally located only minutes from Gainesville's most important and popular attractions and venues, such as the University of Florida, the Butterfly Rain forest, Paynes Prairie State Park, the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, and Shands Teaching Hospital at The University of Florida. The hotel is a short drive North of historic Micanopy and antique shopping, and just a few miles from downtown Gainesville. Each of our 197 large NON-SMOKING, comfortable guest rooms and suites are designed to meet your Gainesville accommodation needs. Our guest rooms are larger than most hotels in the area, which leaves you with plenty of space to create your home away from home. In-room guest amenities include coffee makers, wireless Internet access, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Unwind on one of our comfortable pillow-top beds and catch up on your relaxation with remote controlled cable television. The Wyndham Garden offers free shuttle services from 7:30 a.M. To 5:30 p.M. Daily upon scheduling at check-in. ... more   less 
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Paramount Plaza Hotel Gainesville
Paramount Plaza Hotel And Suites
Paramount Gainesville
Gainesville Paramount

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