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Reviewed January 19, 2012

I spent two nights at the Hampton Inn in downtown Gainesville while on business at the university. The location is central to many restaurants and bars. Parking is free on the street or you can pay a nominal fee to park in the garage. The room was clean and standard with a large TV. The Bed was comfortable. The complimentary breakfast had a great variety of hot and cold foods, wish I had time to use the waffle maker. The WiFi was also free. Overall, this is a great, inexpensive place to stay in downtown Gainesville. Starbucks is around the corner if you crave fancier coffee.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank mzqb
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HISGNV, General Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville-Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2013

Thanks so much for posting a review on your recent stay with us. We hope to see you again real soon.

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Reviewed January 12, 2012

But more about that later.
A thoroughly frabjous property is this Hampton. The staff never cease to amaze and welcome, even after dealing with masses of academically-tinged travelers. This was my third stay and the day crew turned a slight disappointment (olfactory hint of old mop water in the suite) into a Thing of Beauty. I mentioned it at the desk on my way out in the morning and when I returned to the room that afternoon, they had cleaned the carpets! Problem solved. Except for guilt that I'd added so much work to someone's morning.
I always end up in an end suite overlooking the Courthouse courtyard. It's nifty during Farmer's Market days and once you discover that the professional loiterers aren't going to harass you, it's interesting to people watch and listen. Slight bit of cavilling over the need to use the unattached parking garage but since it's the same one I used when working for Parole/Probation; a lot like Old Home Week. Or Old Convicted Felon Week. But it's easy to park in front of the hotel to load/unload and the desk staff will keep your bags safe so there's no strain. There's also a kind gentleman-of-all-trades who will gladly motor you between garage and hotel in the Hampton golf cart.

Now about those Attorneys. Since it's across the street from the Alachua County Courthouse and the Eighth Judicial Circuit is a busy venue, trial attorneys gravitate to the Hampton like codicils to Probate Court. For the bigger trials, they travel in packs with the paralegals and lesser associates in charge of metal carts sagging under tons of legal files. I know this because every evening at the Hampton the guests not burdened with J.D., LL.M., or LL.D. after their names have to swerve and hop and twist to avoid the file carts under full sail as they negotiate the limited space between the Manager's Reception liquor and the elevators. I swear I've seen sweet little old ladies with blue hair and eyeglasses hanging from bejeweled chains flattened against walls rather than be crushed by thirsty advocates. I've also experienced the thrill of a Senior Partner, cold beer in both hands, admonishing a younger colleague that he should let the lady into the elevator first. A brief experience since the anti-Atticus barrelled on through anyway.
But SP graciously held the door for me until I calmly stated I'd wait for the next elevator.
The doors closed and I turned to the sweet little old lady and said 'I just didn't like the cut of his briefs.'
Travel is so good for building characters.

In summary, ladies and gentlemen, I would recommend the Hampton Inn and Suites, Gainesville, unstintingly and without hesitation (but with proper reservations) as the best in the county and beyond. I would, however, urge extreme caution if you are anywhere near the Courthouse and see Men in Suits carrying what can only be a Penang Lawyer. This is irrefutable evidence that they are all pining for their respective Holmes.


(Good hotel, great location, marvelous staff, abstruse pun and references. And I'll sign an affidavit to that effect.)

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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4  Thank BluntedHedgehog
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HISGNV, Front Office Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville-Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2012

Dear BluntedHedgehog,

Thanks for the comments regarding your impressions during your recent stay with us. We always enjoy having you with us and trust you will come back soon.

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Reviewed January 4, 2012

This is a beautiful Hampton Inn, upscale compared to the usual Hampton Inn properties. Right out the door are great restaurants, a renovated theatre, and the Bo Diddly stage at the town square. The saltwater pool is tiny, but it fits the space that the hotel was built on. Plus, it has a switch to make a "current" to swim against. Parking is only $5 in the adjacent (covered) lot. The only disadvantage to the area is that there are quite a few homeless people who hang out across the street. I've stayed at this hotel about four times, and never had any problems, but you should know that they'll be around. Other than that, choose this hotel if your're coming to Gainesville!

Room Tip: I've stayed in rooms all over the hotel, and never had a problem with noise or distraction. Probably best to avoid rooms near the Breakfast Area on the second floor, unless you are an early riser.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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HISGNV, Front Office Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville-Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2012

Dear Suzy B,

WOW; it sounds like you enjoyed our fabulous location, neighboring restaurants, breakfast and happy hour; what an experience! Thank you for sharing your comments and we look forward to accommodating you in the near future.

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Reviewed December 23, 2011

I stay here every time I am in Gainesville. The staff is great. The location is perfect. Walking distance to many restaurants and bars and across the street they have a local farmers market.

Room Tip: All rooms here are great.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled on business
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HISGNV, Front Office Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville-Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2012

Dear ugafan33,

I'm glad you enjoyed our comfortable beds, clean guestrooms and location - what a package! We look forward to your return visit in the near furture, and thank you for taking the time to share your feedback.

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Reviewed December 12, 2011

I stayed here for the NCAA volleyball semi finals and it couldn't have been a better place. It was right in the middle of everything. The room and bathroom were both big and clean. We ended up going to the Natural History Museum to kill time which was only about 15 minutes away (I highly recommend the museum as well). The UF campus is pretty with old-fashioned brick buildings scattered along brick roads. The hotel is a 5 minute drive from the stadium and is near a bunch of restaurants, some of which you get discounts on for staying at the hotel Harry's was a good one.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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HISGNV, Front Office Manager at Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville-Downtown, responded to this reviewResponded January 16, 2012

Dear Emily C,

Thank you for posting your review and we look forward to your return visit in the future.

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