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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Ocala Conference Center
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3600 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474   |  
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Ranked #8 of 36 Hotels in Ocala
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Ocala Holiday Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

It could have been because I booked on a Monday, but my rate was only $90. I got upgraded for the one night. It is a really great looking and clean hotel. I really had not complaints at all.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jaswartz, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Ocala Conference Center, responded to this review, July 28, 2012
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to leave us a review of our hotel. It was our pleasure to provide you with a great looking and clean hotel, as well as a very economical rate for your upgraded room. Thank you for choosing our hotel and we look forward to your future accommodations.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Our family of 5 stayed at the Holiday Inn and Suites Ocala Conference Center on our way home from a resort on Marco Island. Upon entering this Holiday Inn my teenage daughter said that she wished our 5 star Marco resort was as beautiful as this property!
The interior decor was gorgeous, with aqua, green, blues throughout. The lobby area featured comfortable and interesting seating options included a large egg-shaped wicker lounger that my kids loved.
We reserved a 1 bdrm suite, with 2 double beds and a pull out sofa bed. This is an actual suite with a completely separate bedroom, not simply a half wall separating the living areas. The double beds featured TempurPedic mattresses which we sleep on at home and found to be a really nice hotel feature after spending 5 nights sleeping on terrible mattresses at the Marco resort. These beds at Holiday Inn Ocala were fantastic! The mattress on the pull out sofa was the usual type in which you can feel the springs. This is the only area for improvement.
Though we did not utilize the health spa, it looked nice and included a small fitness center, whirlpool, and a sauna. There is also a small outdoor pool.
We had a nice, very reasonably priced breakfast in the 1st floor restaurant. The food was delicious! My very picky 5 yr old even made a happy plate! There is an Asian Fusion restaurant in the hotel as well. The menu looked great and I wish we would have arrived earlier in the evening to have dinner there.
We previously stayed at another hotel at this same exit (actually adjacent property) and, while it was ok, this Holiday Inn and Suites Ocala Conference Center was FABULOUS!!!! Highly recommend!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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
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jaswartz, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Ocala Conference Center, responded to this review, July 28, 2012
On behalf of the entire staff, we are very humbled by your wonderful review of our hotel. Its quite a compliment from your daughter regarding our hotel being nicer than your Marco Island Resort. The Egg Shaped Wicker Lounger is definitely a hit for all of our hotel and Sky Asian Fusion guests and a great addition to our gorgeous lobby, as you explained.

Although you were not able to experience Sky Asian Fusion and there wonderful cuisine, I am glad you were able to have breakfast in Cypress Shadows Café. I’m not sure what a happy plate is, but it sounds delicious! I will make sure I pass along your kind comments to that staff.

Thank you for having the confidence in our hotel that you would highly recommend us and we look forward to providing you and your family with another fabulous stay in the future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

My grandsons loved staying here with its swamp theme. They were great fans of the giant egg chair. It is just fun because of the swamp theme carried throughout the hotel. We had a suite which was quite roomy with a doorless bedroom and living room area. Good-sized pool, too.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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jaswartz, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Ocala Conference Center, responded to this review, July 28, 2012
Thank you for your very kind feedback on our hotel. The giant egg is not only a favorite of your grandsons, but also everyone that has the opportunity to encounter it. It is definitely a picture hotspot in our hotel. It was our pleasure to provide you and your grandsons with a roomy suite and I am thrilled that you loved staying with our hotel. Please come back and visit us whenever you return to our area.
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Niles, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is very comfortable. It is beautiful and the surroundings are very nice but yet you still feel very at ease.

The rooms are decorated with a tropical theme. The front desk, maintenance, and housekeeping have all been very helpful and friendly and quick to reply to needs.

Location is great! It is directly off of the interstate with a several restaurants close by and a Kohl's across the street.

They have a restaurant here at the hotel but we did not have time to try it out.

Overall it was a very pleasant experience.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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jaswartz, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Ocala Conference Center, responded to this review, July 28, 2012
A pleasant experience is what we strive to provide to every single guest, and I am glad we were able to provide it to you. Thank you for your business and also your very kind words about our hotel and our staff.

Next time you are with us, I hope you have the time to experience Sky Asian Fusion, our four-star and Golden Spoon Award winning restaurant that sits on the top floor of our hotel, offering a fantastic view of the surrounding area.

We welcome you back anytime!
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Kissimmee, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

My husband and I decided to take a couple of days out to visit friends and family in this area so I chose this hotel for our accommodations. We got a King, non-smoking room across from the restaurant in the sixth floor. It was a beautiful room. Aqua blue walls, faux blue gator headboard, a blue plush chase lounge, a desk and a comfy tempur-pedic bed with plush pillows. Our room had a microwave and a refrigerator, and a flat screen TV.

The bathroom had a deep tub with a large mirror in front of the single sink. The shower had an oval shower curtain.

The hotel itself has an Asian theme and it's set in gorgeous colors in the lobby. Sky Asian Fusion is the restaurant located on the sixth floor and had delicious Asian fusion food. Bring your appetite! It also has a full liquor bar and is open until 11 pm most days. The hotel is a full conference center with at least one ballroom and several boardrooms.

This hotel has a small fitness room with cardio machines, a hot tub and a sauna. There is also a small pool.

Now for our experience. They had warned us that since our room was right next to the restaurant it may get noisy. We didn't hear a thing from the restaurant, thankfully. Unfortunately, Dunnellon high school was having their reunion in the ballroom on the first floor. We could hear the bass all the way up on the sixth floor in our room. We had to call three times to complain before it got turned off at 11 pm.

We left the next day to visit friends and
we were gone more than 6 hours and when we returned our room hadn't been cleaned, bed was not made, trash not removed, all our towels we placed on the floor for removal we not removed. So we ended up having to call for more towels and toiletries which they quickly brought.

I do not know if I will stay here again. This is my first bad experience with Holiday Inn

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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jaswartz, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Ocala Conference Center, responded to this review, July 28, 2012
I would first like to thank you for taking the time out of your day to write your review of our hotel and provide such great descriptions of your hotel room and Sky Asian Fusion. I do apologize that your experience was not what you expected.

As you had mentioned, we did have a high school reunion that evening, as our Grand Ballroom is a very popular venue in our area to hold functions. We did speak to that group numerous times that evening, each time with them reassuring us that they were turning the volume and bass down on their music. Apparently they did not turn it down to a level that wouldn’t affect some of our hotel guests. I am glad, however, that the music had stopped by 11pm, which is one of the policies we set forth for any group using our Ballroom to ensure all of our guests get a great nights rest.

I also apologize your room did not receive any service the following day. I did look into why with our Director of Housekeeping, and we did discover that you had a Do Not Disturb sign on your door. We do take the Do Not Disturb sign very serious at our hotel, making sure we give our guests their privacy when they request it. We therefore did not enter your room. It’s great to see that the towels and toiletries that you requested when you returned were quickly brought to you.

Next time you decide to visit your friends and family in our area again, I hope you will choose to stay with us again. Thank you for your business!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

This hotel was beautiful and clean with a friendly and helpful staff! The room was clean with a king size Temperpedic mattress! Really nice restaurants and the food was excellent! It was really nice to have this much comfort after a long day on the road. We will make this our regular stop when we are in the area.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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
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, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Ocala Conference Center, responded to this review, July 3, 2012
It was our pleasure to provide you the comfort you deserve after a long day on the road. We greatly appreciate your business and I am very pleased that you had a wonderful stay. You definitely got to experience some of the items that make our hotel so unique, including the Tempur-Pedic mattress in every single room and suite as well as our two restaurants.

Sky Asian Fusion, our 6th Floor restaurant that offers a great view of the area, has won the Golden Spoon Award 2 straight years and we continue to offer our customers great food along with great ambiance and service.

Thank you for noticing our staff, whom try and make every customer’s stay a memorable one. We look forward to your return visit whenever you are in our area again.
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Dalton, Ga.
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33 hotel reviews
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

My family stayed at this hotel on our drive to Treasure Island, FL and it was a Great Location, right off the Interstate and close to plenty of places to eat, and it was VERY NICE!! From check in to check out everything went Great! When we walked in, we were very wow'ed with the decor! We walked around and checked the place out, it was amazing! We hit up the hot tub and the pool area for a little bit. Our room was Top Notch, I have Nothing to complain about! On the morning that we checked out we ate Breakfast in the Area on the Bottom floor and we received Excellent Service, and got a Great Breakfast on top of that, the food was Great! I DO recommend eating there, it's worth it! I'm Glad that our family stayed at this hotel!! :)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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, Front Office Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Ocala Conference Center, responded to this review, June 27, 2012
We are also very glad that you decided to stay with our hotel, and it was our distinct pleasure to host you and your family. I will make sure I pass along your very kind words to our restaurant staff for providing you with the “Excellent Service” and “Great Breakfast”. Your comments will also be shared with our housekeeping staff for providing you with “Top Notch” room accommodations and our front office staff for providing you with a great check-in and checkout.

Thank you for choosing our hotel, and next time you choose to take a family trip, I hope you will include us in your plans again!
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Address: 3600 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474
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Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Ocala
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Ocala
#4 Green Hotel in Ocala
#6 Business Hotel in Ocala
#9 Romantic Hotel in Ocala
#10 Family Hotel in Ocala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Ocala Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the most incredible Holiday Inn & Suites in Florida! Our 6-story atrium lobby hotel is packed with amenities and features seldom found at any hotel. With Tempur-pedic beds in every room and a world class style your stay in Ocala is sure to be the best possible. Make sure to dine at one of our two restaurants or bars, including SKY ASIAN FUSION, winner of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Golden Spoon Award. ... more   less 
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