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“The staff was terrific, location ideal, facility okay.” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #16 of 44 Hotels in Gainesville
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North Palm Beach, Florida
1 review
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“The staff was terrific, location ideal, facility okay.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We recently made reservations by telephone to stay here over the weekend for our grand-daughter's 2 graduations. Our mom, here witnessing the third generation of her Gator grad progeny, was with us with a wheelchair and walker.
Our 2 rooms were okay, but we would have appreciated some sort of grab rail or handhold in the bathtub.
Kimberley , the manager, and Linda Bantle at the Front Desk, arranged everything exactly as we had requested, and were particularly gracious and helpful, as was everyone else on staff.
We really appreciated the shuttle service, which helped us get to and from the O'Connell Center for both graduations without having to worry about parking.

Room Tip: "Kids activities" did not apply, and there was no "Breakfast"
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, May 13, 2013
Dear ronbar59,

We appreciate you taking the time to give us your review. Again congrats on your granddaughters graduation. It is a big deal to have a 3rd generation witness a landmark event. If you would have let us know that yo needed grab bars, we would have arranged a different adjoining room for you and your family. I am glad that Linda ad myself were able to meet your requests. One last thing you mentioned no breakfast; we have a restaurant onsite that offers breakfast, we also have a McDonalds attached to the property as well as Bagels and Noodles, which is well known for their breakfast. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back in the future.
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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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Clearwater Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by the cleanliness of this hotel. My room was modern and comfortable and very clean. I had a great view of the University from my room on the 5th floor. The service of the staff was great! You cannot beat the location. I would recommend this property when visiting the University as you can walk to everything.

  • Stayed May 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
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Kimberly C, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Larry D,

Thank you for your review regarding the Holiday Inn University Center. I am happy you found the hotel clean and comfortable. Thank you for recognizing the service of our staff. We appreciate that you would recommend us. Please let me know if we can assist you with any future stays.
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Orlando
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164 reviews
110 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

A very weak Holiday Inn. Everything is worn out. Don't stay here unless you just want a cheap place to stay and can't find anything better. It is super convenient to UF campus, but has no other redeeming quality.

Room Tip: Get ready for a loud window a/c unit that makes the room freezing or off completely.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kimberly C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear Floridagator,

Thank you for your response. I am sorry you feel the Holiday Inn is old and tired. Your comment "everything is worn out" I would like it very much if you contacted me personally to discuss the specifics. Only because I am baffled. We have completed brand new carpet in all of our guest rooms and all corridors. We have replaced all the curtain panels and valances in all the rooms. We have all new lounge chairs and desk chairs in all the rooms. New microwaves and refrigerators, new 34-37 inch flat screen High Definition televisions with HD programing. You also stated issues with the AC...question. Did you report the problem? We could have easily replaced the unit or assisted you with the controls, as we have updated to newer energy efficient units. You can reach me at 352-376-1661 and just as for Kimberly.
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florida
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Upgraded to their best room. Cost is like the Ritz experience is Motel 6. No central air. Each room and hallway has window units. Bring ear plugs for the nightly roar. Staff is very pleasant.
Mattress is old, bathroom is old. Location is great. BUT be ready for a bad night of sleep.
Beef O'Grady attached to hotel, breakfast two doors down.
Try the Courtyard near highway, location not as good but room far superior. I have been told Hilton is better. Do NOT stay here unless location is a priority.

Room Tip: Sleep here only if location a priority. There are other better hotels around the university. Read o...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, May 7, 2013
Dear Jayzworldtravel,

I am so surprised by your review. As your review is so different than the prior reviews. It appears you are comparing us to a RITZ upscale hotel. We will not compare to a upscale resort property as we are a midscale property. It appears you may have booked the wrong hotel for your upscale taste. We are a Landmark hotel in Gainesville Florida and pride ourselves with customer service and a cleanliness. Thank you so much for recognizing our staff. We appreciate that. You mentioned Beef O'Brady's for breakfast option; just to advise, there is also a Bagels and Noodles establishment as well as McDonald's just doors down as well that provide alternate breakfast choices. I would agree by your review that for your upscale taste, the Hilton may be a better option for you. I apologize that we did not meet your expectations as a midscale property. Again thank you for your feedback.
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Westminster, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I needed a hotel room in Gainesville while my mom was in the hospital in Gainesville. U of F graduation was that weekend and I didn't know how long I would need the room. I called every hotel in the area and Holiday Inn University Center was the ONLY one that would give me the hospital discount over a special event weekend and the ability to check out without notice or penalty. The location is great and the service was excellent!!!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, May 6, 2013
CarrieRatliff,

We are very pleased that you were satisfied with our service to accommodate your needs. Service is our priority. We look forward to welcoming you back anytime.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This may not be Holiday Inn's newest property but the service was excellent. Everyone I dealt with was helpful and courteous. A special shout out goes to Caroline who persevered when I was having trouble printing out my boarding passes.
If you want breakfast, I highly recommend the little Vietnamese restaurant nearby. The full American breakfast complete with great grits couldn't have been better.

Room Tip: I asked for a quiet room and got one.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, April 26, 2013
Dear happyskoog,

We are excited about your review and have shared it with our staff. Caroline was recognized for her outstanding service. We are happy that your stay was a great experience and we welcome you back any time.
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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

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
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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.
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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
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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