We were not looking for anything fancy and just a night's stay as we were passing through Gainesville. We selected HoJo Express Inn as an affordable stop. The Inn is about 4 minutes off the I-75 interchange but a relatively easy find.
We were greeted in a very friendly manner and was quickly in our room. Now remember that this is a budget type in so our room was pretty basic but clean and likely recently remodeled. No flat screen TV's here but I am not here to watch TV. The king bed was comfortable (I slept through the night so that is a very good sign).
Breakfast was the minimal selection of juice, cereal, yogurt and muffins but quite alright (remember budget).
The exterior property is nicely designed with a very homey look. The pool area was nice and they also had a side lot with volleball and a garden.
The staff was very friendly and courteous.
For the same driving through Gainesville stop, I would recommend and return to Howard Johnson's Express Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are newly remodeled and finished our remodel late 2010. We now have new bed, new bedspreads, new carpets, new exterior, new interiors and offer a quaint breakfast selection. We still have our sparkling clean pool, and plenty of parking. We accommodate students, parents, truckers and travelers of all kinds, though, we are sorry we do not accept pets. We are conveniently located close to the Football stadium of the University of Florida, Shands Hospital, the VA Hospital, Gainesville Airport, and Gainesville Racetrack (home of GatorNational). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Express Gainesville Hotel Gainesville
- Howard Johnson Gainesville
- Gainesville Howard Johnson