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“A good (but short) stay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center

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Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1250 W University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601   |  
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Ranked #15 of 43 Hotels in Gainesville
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Orlando, Florida
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“A good (but short) stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Just an overnight on one of our bi-annual visits to Shands as the Hampton declined to honor a discount agreement. We had stayed in this particular Holiday Inn before, many years ago, when our eldest son entered the U. This stay we found an upgraded hotel with excellent, clean, bright rooms and a very comfortable bed. We agree that the old-style in-window A/C was noisy and we too, shut it off to sleep.

But the other negatives expressed in the reviews from other members were outside of our experience. We had a great room, marvelous and prompt room service service and all the staff we met )on a Sunday) were very welcoming and pleasant. Good value too!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Welcome back! We are glad you have noticed some of the changes. We still have many more to come in the upcoming months. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know your experience. This allows us to address concerns, and to continue what we are doing right and adjust what we are doing wrong. Again thank you for your wonderful comments.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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189 reviews 189 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

Having stayed in Holiday Inn hotels in the past, I was expecting a certain standard of the Holiday Inn at University Center, Gainesville.

Negatives: dated room, no main light switch just a large lamp, small bathroom for a double room, gym was basic and cramped, air con unit was so loud that we had to turn to turn it off which defeats the object in such hot climates.

Positives: friendly and helpful spring desk staff, free shuttle bus service laid on by the hotel to the airport for the festival we had attended in Gainesville which was a nice touch.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Thank you for your feedback on the Hotel. Yes, we are an older hotel and understand there are many choices when visiting Gainesville from brand new hotels to older hotels, motels to Bed and Breakfasts, limited service to full service brands. As with older hotels there only lamps in the rooms, so not too much I can do about the light switches nor any older hotel, same with the smaller bathrooms, most older hotels do have smaller bathrooms. Window unit AC's are noisy than central Units which you will find in newer properties. Gym, basic and cramped...We are looking to relocate the center to a larger location in the near future. It appears that a brand new hotel would better fit your needs. Please contact me directly if you have any other details you would like to discuss. 352-376-1661.
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Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Headed to Gainesville for the football game on October 22, 2012. Tried to book a room on-line and it said no rooms available after it let me purchase room. I called the hotel and Linda was more than helpful in getting us a room at the last minute. Once we arrived the hotel guests were only allowed one parking pass per room and we had two cars. Linda once again went out of her way to allow the room to have two parking passes. I spoke with Linda and thanked her for everything she had done and she made it seem like it was nothing. As small as it was to her everything she did for us that weekend was a huge deal to us and made our stay quite enjoyable. The hotel was clean and the rest of the staff was friendly as well. If you are ever in Gainesville and need a place to stay, I highly recommend the Holiday Inn and see Linda, she will take care of you.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, October 28, 2012
We appreciate your feedback. Thank you so much. I will be sure that Linda is recognized for her excellent customer service. As a supervisor Linda does an excellent job modeling the behavior for all staff members. I am so glad you had a great experience from a clean room, friendly staff and great service. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

The overall hotel was great. I am a Part time MBA student and come up one weekend a month. The service here is absolutely wonderful. Each time I walk in, they are friendly and helpful. Mike, from the front desk, is always especially helpful. On non-gameday weekends the room rates are typical for such a great location. I choose this hotel because it is within walking distance to campus, restaurants, and the stadium.
On gameday weekends, the prices are double. The rooms themselves are severely outdated. They remind of an hotel from the 90's. While the rooms are clean, they definitely are not worth the 200 or more dollars they charge on gamedays.
Overall, the hotel is great. I would recommend it for anyone staying in town and doing anything with the University. Go Gators!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Thank you for your review. MBA's are a huge part of our hotel and we welcome each program. I am glad our service met your expectations. That is very important to us. I will be sure to share your review with Mike. Our location is key as you mentioned. You mentioned our rooms being outdated. This year alone we have replaced all in room carpet, added microwave and refrigerators and added flat screen TV's which include Cox cable and HD channels. As far as the rate variance as with most products there is a supply and demand. During peak times we do offer premium rates as well as every hotel in the Gainesville area. There are many choices to stay while in town and every guest has the right to shop around and choose a hotel that fits their needs. Rates are not hidden and are publicly published. We look forward to welcoming you during your classes and understand if you choose not to stay with us during peak times based on your rate concern. In Closing thank you so much for your kind words and recommendation!
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Tampa, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

The Holiday Inn Team are awesome - especially Linda, Derrick, and Joseph who make you feel like a VIP. The hotel is located adjacent to the University of Florida, so you can walk to the game or anywhere on campus. There is a Beef O Brady's in the hotel that offers reasonable dining options and lots of flat screen TVs for sports fans. Rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable, and the rates are good. Great location when visiting UF. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Thank you so much! We are so thankful for your comments. I made sure to pass them along to Linda, Derrick and Joseph. I am very proud of the 3 of them. They have raised the bar for customer service for the hotel. The hotel's location is definitely a plus. Thank you for the recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you back anytime.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

I happened to be in Gainsville Florida for on and off for a week and a few days. One of my close friends was having open heart surgery, I had my friends mom who was limited in the English language. The staff there was very professional but not to professional that they did not check up on how we were doing. One of the ladies Linda treated us so well. Was very helpful to me, would check up on me and ask me about my friend. When I was not there she made sure my friends mom got a shuttle ride to the hospital. I have stayed at a few five star hotels in my life and I have not gotten this service at all. Linda is the best just ask for her she will take care of you, actually the whole staff is very kind. Leslie was very nice also as I would walk in to the hotel after coming from the hospital Leslie would offer my a bottle of water. She also gave me a tour in the shuttle of UF while taking me to Shands hospital. I miss the Holiday Inn in gainsville Florida. They are the best.
Thank you for making my stay so comfortable. I will be back :)

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, August 9, 2012
Thank you for your review. My thoughts of sincere prayers for your close friend. I am excited to share your review with Linda and Leslie and how they made a positive impact on your stay, especially during a stressful and emotional time. I encourage the staff to go the extra mile for all of our guests. Your kind words are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the hotel employees. We look forward to welcoming you back to Gainesville and the Holiday Inn University.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

The hotel is big, clean and has a great TV with premium channels. The pool is above average size for a hotel and you can actually do laps without hitting your head every few strokes (salt water, no chlorine). No jacuzzi. The room has a fridge, microwave and coffee maker (no continental breakfast). The staff is very friendly and efficient. Free bakery cookies in the evening! Free USA Today in the morning. The Gator Stadium is right across the street.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, August 3, 2012
Big Smile! I am very pleased with your great review. Thank you so much for pointing out some key features of the Holiday Inn University. I hope other potential guests get an opportunity to take away positive insight about the hotel from your review. Again thank you so much. We really appreciate the positive feedback.
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center

Address: 1250 W University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
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Location: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Gainesville
#13 Business Hotel in Gainesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center 3*
Number of rooms: 167
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn University Center is surrounded on all sides by the University of Florida, local shops & boutiques, restaurants, in 'the Heart of Gainesville.' This 6 story 'almost on campus' city landmark offers a roof-top swimming pool surrounded by 14,000 sq. Ft. Of 'sunning' space. The fitness room is located adjacent to the pool on the third floor. Complimentary transportation is provided to the airport and local hospitals daily from 7am-11pm. Free High-speed Wireless Internet service, In-room movies, are available in all rooms. The hotel offers an open and spacious lobby with open business center. The hotel has also recently completed the Holiday Inn Relaunch and features luxury linens, fresh pillow selection, and new signage. Piesanos, an exciting new Italian themed restaurant, is open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner. ... more   less 
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