We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Best place to stay if you are going on campus” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Save
You added Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center to your Saves list
Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1250 W University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601   |  
Hotel website
  |  
Hotel deals
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Offer
Save up to 25%
Ranked #13 of 44 Hotels in Gainesville
GreenLeadersSilver level
Snoqualmie, Washington
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Best place to stay if you are going on campus”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Probably a standard holiday inn but you can't beat the location! Only a street to cross to get to campus! Also the staff are great and pool Is a great party area and good restarants are in the area including pizza and burritos

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dear erichransom,

We appreciate your positive feedback regarding the Holiday Inn University Center Hotel. The Location is a favorite for University of Florida visitors. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

171 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    68
    41
    31
    14
    17
See reviews for
47
13
22
60
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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (36)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I've stayed at this hotel over 20 times, and each time it gets better and better. The guest service staff is amazing and what truly make staying away from home an enjoyable experience. Ask for Linda - her customer service is great!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
DerrickTebow,

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. I will definitely share with Linda. She is a great role model for the other guest service agents. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Maine
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I just booked my second stay, so clearly the pros outweigh the cons. I stayed a week to do some library work. This hotel is practically on campus; the library is a quick walk away, and I was able to get guest campus login credentials from a librarian. I booked the King Executive room to get a fridge and microwave. The room was clean, spacious, and quiet. I especially liked the comfy chair with well-placed reading light. The rooftop pool is outside. In the morning, smokers gather there to read the paper and puff. The fitness area is tiny and has just a few elderly machines. I ended up not using it. The lobby is gorgeous, with fresh fruit available in baskets. It looks to me like they are slowly upgrading amenities and rooms. For my first stay, I signed up for breakfast, expecting food in the hotel, but they gave me a voucher and sent me next door to Beef O'Brady's. The breakfasts were terrible, with prepackaged fruit cups, microwave pancakes, and strange substitutions (cut-up French fries instead of home fries)--I don't think they had a grill but rather a microwave. On my next trip, I will go to the Starbucks in the lobby of the library and get oatmeal and a latte. Most of the restaurants around appeal to students: pizza, burritos, smoothies. I'm staying again (without the food option!) because of the kind staff, clean rooms, and great location.

Room Tip: The King Executive rooms are bigger and have refrigerators and microwaves. They have also been updat...
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Karen, Thank you so much for your feedback. We are glad our location met your needs while visiting the Gainesville area. Thank you for touching on each of our amenities, as this helps paint the picture for our future first guests. I am pleased that you recognized the changes in the room. That is very important to us that our guests are seeing the changes. I sincerely apologize for the experience you had at Beef O'Brady's. I have forwarded your comments to them. Again, thank you for your feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel for one night for a business trip and a very pleasant stay! Friendly staff, clean rooms, beautiful clean lobby, and good location! Close to many restaurants and consciences. Comfortable chairs in guest rooms and lobby. I would definitely choose this hotel again if I am in the area!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
We appreciate you taking the time to review your stay at the Holiday Inn. Glad you liked the chairs in the guest rooms. They are brand new! Cleanliness is our focus to provide a positive guest experience as well as service. Thank you for recognizing that.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
myrtle
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Rooms are great with very comfortable beds and bedding! The hotel is conveniently close to UF as we were there for a basketball game. I spoke with Matt on the phone and he was also who checked me in. Matt was very welcoming, efficient, and multi-tasked well. We found ourselves repeatedly in Beef O' Brady's which is connected to the hotel. A great place where we met Brittany and Risa two great bartenders. We made friends with other locals there and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Our hotel stay was made great by those three people!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
WOW! Thank you for your feedback. I will be sure to share your comments with Matt, Brittany and Risa. Posts such as these really help future guests when making decisions on where to stay. Thank you for seeing the best in us!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

With 2 children at UF, my wife and I have stayed at this property often. I travel extensively with my work and have stayed at many fine properties across the US. The Holiday Inn Gainesville has the best customer service and friendliest staff of any hotel at which I have stayed (including many 4 and 5 star properties). My hat's off to the management at this property. You must be doing something right to have such a consistently friendly and attentive staff. The location is great (right across the street from UF), and the accommodations are a great value for the price. I would highly recommend this property, especially if you are in Gainesville for business or an event at the university.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to give your feedback on the hotel. Thank you for your wonderful compliment regarding the staff. I do push guest service and see the value in pay off from guests such as yourself. We look forward to welcoming you back during your children's college years at UF.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
North Carolina
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed at the Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center during a recent visit to UF for an interview.

Pros: Overall the accommodations are clean and comfortable. My king bed had new-feeling, clean white linens and the room also had a large flat-screen television. All of the employees that I interacted with were friendly and helpful. The free shuttle service is very convenient - I used the shuttle to get to the hotel from the airport, to get to Shands Hospital in the morning, and to get back to the airport from Shands Hospital; you are encouraged to give advance notice of when you may need the shuttle in the morning. (I noticed that this shuttle service does not appear to be advertised on the hotel's website.) The hotel is located within very easy walking distance to a great local pizza place (right across the street), a Chipotle, and a number of other local eating establishments. I didn't check out the hotel's fitness room, but I did jog near the property and felt safe (and Gainesville is pretty flat, so it was easy jogging around the hotel and campus).

Cons: As other reviewers have noted, the hotel feels old and the walls of my room were thin - I could hear my next-door-neighbor's conversation word for word and I could also hear their television. Fortunately this was in the mid-evening, but by bedtime I didn't notice any noise.

Overall, I enjoyed my stay and would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to offer your feedback on the hotel. This surely helps new customers with making a decision to book a room as well as the hotel to assist with making every stay a positive experience. I will follow up with getting the shuttle service information on our website. Thank you for mentioning that. I see you mentioned the hotel feels old, I want to let you know each room has brand new carpet and we are completing 4 more floors of corridor carpet. We have new desk and lounge chairs coming as well as new curtain panels and valance. We are pleased that you would stay with us again.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center

Address: 1250 W University Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601
Phone Number:
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
#11 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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with IHG, Booking.com, Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Priceline, BookIt.com, Agoda, Hotels.com, Odigeo, TripOnline SA and Tingo so you can book your Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Gainesville University Hotel Gainesville
Gainesville Holiday Inn

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.