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Sweetwater Branch Inn
Ranked #4 of 5 Gainesville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Tallahassee, Florida
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“More fun than a staycation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

This is our 2nd time staying at Sarah's Cottage and we really enjoyed having a little "home" to call our own for a few days, but still have access to amenities such as a buffet breakfast at the Inn and housekeeping. Sweetwater has a gorgeous garden that separates the cottages from the main houses: a wonderful way to start the day is to walk through that garden on our way to breakfast. This was the first time we really took advantage of the breakfasts. They were incredible: nutritious and a wide variety of egg dishes, meats, breads, and fruit. If you need/want something special, they will whip it up for you. Housekeeping for the cottage was minimal, but all we ever really needed was our bed made since we only stayed three nights. Sweetwater (both the main houses and cottages) are located within walking distance of some great restaurants. We stayed during the week when rates are lower and more competitive with hotels (the breakfast definitely adds $20-30 to the value of the stay). Sweetwater is our go-to accommodations when we stay in Gainesville.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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SWB_Management, Front Office Manager at Sweetwater Branch Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Hi, Marie!

Thank you for coming back to see us. It's so nice to hear that you, like so many of our guests, enjoy and appreciate our amenities. This property is a treasure and the next time you're in Gainesville we hope to see you!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

My Fiance and I stayed at this B&B for a track meet at UF. During our stay we stayed in the Tea Rose Room. We were concerned about the potential noise level since we were staying in the house where all the guests came for breakfast, but it was surprisingly quiet, the only thing that woke us each morning were the smells of the wonderfully good breakfast that was being prepared. My fiance had never been to Florida and staying in this quaint ornate group of homes gave Florida a great appeal. The food was wonderful and they were very accommodating, even making breakfast items upon request.
Sitting on the porch was lovely, wine and cheese in the evening was very good and walking the gardens calming.
Lots of Charm and homey feel.
Will stay again. Only drawback was the street noise in the front room, but that is no fault of the inn.

Room Tip: Room on the first floor are convenient but a little noisy due to street noise.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank RosRC
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SWB_Management, Front Office Manager at Sweetwater Branch Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
We're glad that your first visit to a bed and breakfast was a memorable one. Guests choose us because they are looking for quiet and relaxation and it's gratifying that our guests can find that when staying here. We appreciate your kind review and hope you will stay with us again!
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

We stayed a week here and everything about the experience was excellent. They have mastered the delicate balance between a homely / friendly / personalised B&B and a professional hotel with a varied number of services. Most places only excel at either one.
Rooms are very comfortable (mattress was excellent); the public spaces are tastefully decorated; the breakfast is a very nice experience (homemade dishes every morning with personalised staff and service); and the staff are really lovely. Location is near downtown with access to restaurants and amenities and yet hidden away from the noise.
The central theme at Sweetwater is CARE. Everything they do has a touch of genuine care.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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SWB_Management, Front Office Manager at Sweetwater Branch Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Hello. Thank you for your kind review. We pride ourselves on caring for our guests. As for the location of our property, it is special in that it's close to the city center but yet quiet because of our gardens. Please come back and visit again soon!
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

We had our sons' wedding and reception here last week and it was EXCELLENT! The venue was perfect. The grounds are awesome with beautiful oak tress, immaculate foliage and charming paved walkways. The location is ideal. Our stay was fantastic! The accommadations were excellent. Most of the wedding party and many of the guests stayed all at the B&B. Everyone stated their cottages/rooms were delightful! The staff was so wonderful! Lauren, the event planner, was organized and gracious! Bill or Bob (sorry-I know his name starts with a "B"), the groundskeeper, was attentive to us and keep the place well maintained. Jennifer, our chef, was incredible! Her omelets were delicious and the french toast cassarole were so tasty. Overall, for a wedding; this is the place. For a stay; a must! I can not wait to come back to Gainesville to stay again!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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2 Thank tattersall_12
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SWB_Management, Front Office Manager at Sweetwater Branch Inn, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
We're happy that you and your guests enjoyed their time here with the wedding party. Thank you for the wonderful review and we hope that you all do come back and stay with us again!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

Pros: nice breakfast, views of treetops from the room, claw foot tub, walkable to Main Street and restaurants, parking included.

Cons: Lots of stairs if staying on the upper floor, noise from other guests walking, closing doors, etc., right next to Salvation Army housing.

We had the Blue Moon room which was fairly cramped. I feel that they simply have too much furniture in there and the sloping ceilings do not help it to feel spacious. The number of windows, however, was great. Also, the bathroom was extremely large.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank miss_wanderluster
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SWB_Management, Front Office Manager at Sweetwater Branch Inn, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
We appreciate your feedback. This room is one of our smaller rooms but is a charming room that has a nice view away from the main street.

We also have rooms that are on the 1st floor as well as cottages and we hope you will stay with us again.
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

I can't say enough about this community...and the hot breakfasts. I stay here on M-Thur for business, get my mail here, swim in the pool, walk downtown; I'll never stay by I-75 again. The employees here are great and honestly I don't think you can find a better breakfast in town, even in a restaurant

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
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2 Thank brian b
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SWB_Management, Front Office Manager at Sweetwater Branch Inn, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Hi, Brian!

It was so nice having you stay with us each time you were in town. It makes us happy that you enjoyed our wonderful amenities that we have to offer.

We truly appreciate your kind words and we hope you will stay with us again the next time business bring you back our way.
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Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

Just spent a wonderful overnight weekend with my soon to be wife. Everything was perfect. Relaxing. Smooth. Friendly. Elyce, Cornelia, and our breakfast chef, all superb. Will come back and recommend.

Room Tip: Do not fear the street-facing rooms. Ours was just as quiet and serene as if it had faced the courty...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Jeffrey T
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SWB_Management, Front Office Manager at Sweetwater Branch Inn, responded to this review, July 2, 2014
Hi, Jeffrey!

Thank you. We appreciate your positive review and are happy that you all had a enjoyable, relaxing stay here. We have a wonderful staff here and we want our guests to feel right at home. Even though our inn is located near the downtown area it is very much like an oasis with its manicured gardens, swimming pool and outdoor spa. We hope you will come back and visit us when you need another relaxing getaway!
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Property: Sweetwater Branch Inn
Address: 625 E University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5449
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Location: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Gainesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sweetwater Branch Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sweetwater Branch Inn features 20 spacious guest suites and cottages just blocks from the University of Florida and hip 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, fireplaces, and extra sitting rooms! ... more   less 
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