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Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events

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625 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
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#4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Gainesville
Location
4.6
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4.7
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4.7
Value
4.5
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This property has identified as Hispanic/Latinx-owned and Women-owned.
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Sweetwater Branch Inn features 29 guest suites, cottages and rooms just blocks from the University of Florida and Downtown Gainesville. All of our guests are welcome to a delicious full breakfast spread in the morning, as well as a complimentary wine and cheese hour in the evening. Each of our rooms feature a private bath along with a king or queen size bed, while some rooms have additional beds, Jacuzzis, electric fireplaces, sun rooms and more! Most of our cottages are pet-friendly so feel free to travel with your fur baby. Not only do we offer lodging, but we also feature an on-site event hall that offers full catering from the Sweetwater kitchen. Host a celebration at Sweetwater's Event Hall with Sweetwater Catering Co. and then relax in one of our rooms all on the Sweetwater Property. Visit our website for additional information and pictures. See you soon!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Canoeing offsite
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Electric vehicle charging station
Street parking
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Swimming pool toys
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Saltwater pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Wine / champagne
Patio
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
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Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Sofa
Telephone
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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Historic Hotel
Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Italian
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Ana G wrote a review Sep 9
Boca Raton, Florida2 contributions
Loved staying here! Our cottage , Cross Creek Cottage was so beautifully decorated. The King bed was very comfortable and the kitchen area was well stocked. Every detail was perfect! Laurent greeted me at the front desk and was very hospitable. The wine and cheese he gave me for my husband and I was delicious. This is our new place to stay when we visit our son that attend UF. It's close to everything and has all of the comforts of home.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Charles Ely, Marketing at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for the kind review! I'll give Laurent your compliments. We can't wait to see you again!
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cafelingo wrote a review May 2022
ft. myers, fl14 contributions6 helpful votes
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Sweetwater Branch Inn was such an unexpected delight! We stayed in Lilly's Cottage, one of the many cottages on the property. It had everything and more than we needed - and it was like stepping back into a time that was easier, sweeter. The property was close enough to walk to restaurants and cafes, but removed enough to be quiet and peaceful. In the morning, we walked to one of the main homes - which are gorgeous Victorian - for a hot breakfast. We had our choice of frittata, hot blueberry French toast casserole, bacon, sausage, an array of fresh pastries, fruit, coffee, tea, juice - and so much more. There were beautiful options for seating, including an enclosed front porch that was perfect! The staff was amazing - all very welcoming and helpful - and the owner was totally personable and gracious. We will definitely go back and will recommend it to all our friends!!!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Response from Charles Ely, Marketing at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded May 24, 2022
Thank you so much, Cafelingo! Lilly's is a delight, as are you. We appreciate you taking the time to share with us and others what you enjoyed. We look forward to seeing you next time!
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DwightSley wrote a review Sep 7
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida12 contributions1 helpful vote
It is a cute property with really nice owners and staff. They severed a warm breakfast with a personal touch. In addition, they were nice about accommodating small personal requests. The property has multiple small cabins so we walked the grounds to note which units we would request for our next stay.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Charles Ely, Marketing at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you so much for your kind review, Dwight! Great initiative picking out your next stay already. We're looking forward to hearing which accommodations are your favorites.
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HallieP wrote a review Sep 5
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I just came into town for a football game and booked this inn because it was somewhat close to campus and looked cute. Wow - totally exceeded every expectation, from the warm welcome with the three-legged puppy behind the desk to the attentive service, friendly staff and one of the loveliest rooms I've ever booked (I stayed in the Isadora Room). Every detail was considered and provided. Little, thoughtful things like a hot/cold water dispenser and a fridge for leftovers in the common area, pool towels, happy hour wine and snacks, cable TV, lots of plugs for all the things that need to be charged these days, the fabulous breakfast on the porch and a designated parking spot (!!!) just put the Sweetwater Branch over the top. Enjoyed my stay very much and recommend it highly.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Room Tip: the Isadora is up two flights of stairs but well worth the climb for the turret sitting room
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Response from Charles Ely, Marketing at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for staying with us, and for your thoughtful review, Hallie! The window seat in Isadora is one of my favorite places on the whole property, but it has a lot of competition! We're so glad you found us and hope to see you again.
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Susie R wrote a review Sep 4
Draper, U11 contributions3 helpful votes
A piece of paradise in Gainesville! We came with some friends from Utah for the football game. We had our own cottage with a kitchen. Bikes were also available. The staff (the owner, Kai, Patrick, etc.) are friendly, attentive and run a tight ship. Everything was perfect.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Charles Ely, Marketing at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much, Susie! We love Utah - and everyone we've met from there lately has been wonderful. Thank you for your thoughtful review. We hope to see you again. Safe travels!
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newcreations wrote a review Sep 2
South Bend, Indiana72 contributions41 helpful votes
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The venue was wonderful! Step back in time to experience authentic Victorian charm. Included in our stay was a delightful homemade breakfast which includes frittata, bacon baked oatmeal, fruits and several varieties of coffee cakes. Each room is unique.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: A hot tub and pool are available.
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Response from Charles Ely, Marketing at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! We appreciate you staying and celebrating with us and are glad you enjoyed your time here!
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Eileen L wrote a review Aug 2022
Marietta, Georgia3 contributions
I went to school in Gainesville, and have been visiting for 40 years and never knew about this beautiful Inn. The room was clean, beautifully furnished and had every convenience you could hope for! From multiple USB ports near both beds, shower cap, and lotions, shampoos etc, and a yummy breakfast - you won't get more for you money anywhere. So pleased, will definitely try and visit again!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: Rooms on the street were a little noisier, but not bad.
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Response from Charles Ely, Marketing at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much, Eileen! We're delighted you found us. As you probably know, Sweetwater is coming up on our 30th anniversary next year. Our staff appreciates the kind words, and getting to hear about your experience. We hope to see you again! Safe travels!
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SLROrlando wrote a review Aug 2022
Orlando, FL10 contributions2 helpful votes
Sweetwater Branch Inn is really adorable. Our room was clean, quite and beautiful and the breakfast was delish. How Inns and B&B's used to be! The grounds were so pretty to walk around too. Next time we're visiting our UF Gator, we will definitely check here first. It's a much more relaxing and enjoyable stay than the business hotels, plus it's in walking distance to downtown restaurants.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Charles Ely, Marketing at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your sweet review! We appreciate you staying with us, and taking the time to share your experience. It's always lovely to hear from our guests. We look forward to seeing you next time!
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Cheryl B wrote a review Aug 2022
Spring Hill FL46 contributions15 helpful votes
We chose the Honeymoon Cottage which is right next to the pool, set in beautiful grounds. From the jetted tub for 2 with scented bath salts to the king size brass bed and kitchen with plates and cutlery, this cottage suited us perfectly. The hot breakfast selection was wonderful, and they included a nightly glass of red or white wine plus a to go cheese and cracker tray. The room had a few items needing repair which the front desk noted and I believe they will be on top of fixing. I would go back here in a heartbeat, and recommend it to couples in particular. Be sure to check out the free Harn art musuem at UF while you're there!
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Response from Charles Ely, Marketing at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful review, Cheryl! We absolutely do appreciate being told when there are ways we can improve, and are constantly working on repairs and improvements. We hope to see you again. Safe travels!
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Marah L wrote a review Jul 2022
Gainesville, Florida1 contribution
I was in a wedding at sweet water the weekend of 7/15, while the cottages were clean all of the ones rented by the wedding party were stocked with expired creamer for coffee to the point it curdled in the cup. Within an hour of arriving and one guest washing their hands the sink clogged and the stopper in the sink was broken and wouldn’t release, we couldn’t get anyone to come fix it until the next afternoon. While the wedding was lovely and venue beautiful, the night was ended by the owner storming out to the pool and berating the wedding party with foul language, for making noise. When asked who she was, as she did not introduce herself rather yelled f bombs at everyone to leave. When she was addressed by the bride and groom in a respectful manner she did not return the respect rather the called them liars and threatened to call the cops on them. This was told the parents of the bride who had a contract stating the party was welcomed to use the pool after hours, the owner made up lies saying she sent someone to tell everyone to be quiet, which never happened as no one there recalls that happening. The next day after being confronted by the parents of the bride with the lies being brought to light the owner then attempted to apologize for her unprofessional behavior but stated more lies in the mix of a back handed apology. Needless to say, as beautiful of a place as it is, sweet water is not worth the price, rude behavior and unprofessionalism we faced. I’ve been to many weddings there and my husband and I planned to come stay for a get away, we will never be returning to sweet water after the horrid treatment we received from Cornelia herself.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Cornelia Holbrook, General Manager at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Responded Aug 11, 2022
I could make my case, but honestly all I really want to do is offer my deepest apology. The way I reacted was completely inappropriate. That was not the way I like to represent myself or the culture I strive to create. It was definitely a low point in my 30 year career as the owner and manager of Sweetwater. I did have a point, but I did not behave in a way that reflects who I strive to be. I learned a lot about myself. Again, my deepest apologies.
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$135 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
29
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events
Which popular attractions are close to Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events?
Nearby attractions include The Hippodrome State Theatre (0.3 miles), Depot Park (0.5 miles), and Thomas Center (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dragonfly Sushi & Sake Co Incorporated, Paramount Grill, and The Top.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Gainesville.
Are pets allowed at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sweetwater Branch Inn Lodging & Events?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Italian.