The Paramount Plaza Hotel and Suites in Gainesville, Florida, gets my highest recommendation. In fact, I make it a point to travel to Gainesville (about a 6 hour drive from my home in Georgia) about twice per year just to spend a few days staying at the Paramount Plaza!
I first visited Gainesville in 2009 on work-related business and made the fortuitous choice of choosing to stay at the Paramount Plaza. I immediately fell in love with the serene beauty of the place. The lakefront rooms are so beautiful and peaceful. They have balconies that overlook a peaceful lake where you will see lots of wildlife such as exotic birds and alligators as you sit on the balcony and enjoy your morning coffee. The great thing is that this hotel is right at the southern edge of Gainesville and only about a mile from the University of Florida campus. I have walked to the campus many times from the Paramount Plaza but, for those who don't want to walk, there is a very reliable free shuttle that the hotel provides that will drive you to the campus, the airport, or anywhere in town. All of the hotel staff, from the management to the desk staff to the restaraunt staff to the cleaning staff are extremely courteous and friendly. I have had experience after experience where staff people have gone out of their way to provide above and beyond service - such as the time that one of the cleaning staff chased me out to my car as I was about to leave the hotel to give me something that I had accidentally left in my room when I was checking out. On my most recent visit, which was the weekend after Thanksgiving 2014, management staff Marcel, Mark and Billy really went above and beyond the call of duty to make my visit very enjoyable.
During 2010-2014, my daughter was a student at the University of Florida and that gave me a good "excuse" to go to Gainesville twice per year. She has graduated this year (May 2014) but I don't need any excuses to keep travelling to Gainesville. I will keep going there to enjoy the great experience of staying at the Paramount Plaza!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Paramount Plaza 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. Renovated in 2012-13, the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Conference Center offers full-service Gainesville hotel lodging at surprisingly affordable rates. Convenient Gainesville Hotel Location The Paramount Plaza 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 Paramount Plaza 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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- Also Known As:
- Paramount Plaza Hotel And Suites
- Paramount Plaza Hotel Gainesville
- Paramount Gainesville
- Gainesville Paramount