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“Wonderful renovation with excellent attention to details.”

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Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL
Ranked #18 of 44 Hotels in Gainesville
Davison, Michigan, United States
2 reviews
“Wonderful renovation with excellent attention to details.”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

So Nice to see a property thoroughly recycled instead of abandoned, or worse, only partially done. The owners have taken great care to make this place nice, even tastefully done within the confines of the original walls. New carpeting, paint, equipment. Everything but sink and tub. The back of the bathroom door was like our mahogany dining table! Staff made our every need a priority, the price was excellent, and everything clean as a whistle. Exception ally comfortable bed!

Room Tip: First floor...no elevator.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Paul P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of our hotel. I am so pleased that you appreciated our recent renovations. We strive to provide our guests with clean, comfortable rooms that include a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker and flat screen TV's at an affordable rate. We enjoyed having you as our guest and were happy to serve you. Thank you again for your review and we hope to see you again soon!
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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

I stayed here a week the middle of June in order to look for a permanent place to live. It is an older hotel but my king room was roomy, very clean, freshly painted, and the bed was really comfortable. The only negative was that there was no easy chair in the room. I did not request one. Flat Screen TV, free internet, small fridge, and clean linens and towels.I did not make use of the pool. The property was quiet and I felt safe while there, an important point for a single female. The price was very reasonable and I was given the extended stay rate without asking for it after my stay had to be unexpectedly extended. Breakfast was nothing fancy but sufficient (and free!). The Patels were professional but friendly and helpful, as were the rest of the staff. I would stay here again without reservation and would recommend it to friends and family.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Paul P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL, responded to this review, July 20, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us during your relocation. We are glad that you found your room to be clean and spacious. I only wish that you would have mentioned needing an easy chair, I would have been more than happy to provide you with one. We strive to provide a safe, clean and pleasant environment at an exceptional rate. Your comments about myself and staff are greatly appreciated. We enjoyed having you here and hope that you find Gainesville as wonderful as we do! Thank you again for your kind review and recommendation.
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Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

I surfed TripAdvisor to find a cheap place to stay overnight. I took a chance on this one. My husband and I were pleasantly surprised to pull into a lovely (almost quaint) motel. Our room was spacious, bed linens clean (tell me you haven't found when some were not), and was stocked with a fridge, microwave, a safe AND a HUGE (32"?) flat screen!

We had more amenities in this "cheap" room than we did recently in a $200 per night hotel room in Savannah!

If you need to stop in Gainesville, FL, check this place out. You might just be pleasantly surprised, too.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Paul P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL, responded to this review, July 13, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of our hotel. We are so glad that you found our location pleasant, your room spacious and clean and were happy with our amenities. Here at Howard Johnson Gainesville we strive to offer a comfortable stay at an exceptional rate and are glad that we exceeded your expectations. We greatly appreciate your recommendation and look forward to seeing you again!
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Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

I stayed in this hotel and drove back and forth for a few days to Hawthorne. Didn't use the pool and the breakfast looked to be all packages items to cant really tell you anything about it. The rooms were older (but with micro/fridge) and outside corridor. Staff was friendly. Seems dated though in the bath. The shower head needs replacing and maybe just a general update. Really just slept here. No major complains. AC ran REAL cold, might wanna ask for an extra blanket, that could be good or bad.

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Reviewed June 10, 2013

This is a older hotel that has been updated! Clean inside, including clean carpet! Beds were comfy, flat screen tv, microwave & mini fridge, safe in room, pool, outstanding staff. Their ice machine was out of order so they gave us ice from their living quarters! Continental breakfast had fresh bananas, yogurt, bagels and cream cheese, fresh coffee and juice and a variety of pastries, oatmeal and other cereals. This was better than I expected and if I was looking for a value hotel that was clean, and updated inside, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Paul P, General Manager at Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review of our hotel. We are delighted that you noticed our recent updates and that you found your room to be clean and comfortable. We appreciate your comments on our breakfast as well. It was a pleasure to have you as our guest and thank you again for your review as well as your recomendation.
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL

Property: Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL
Address: 3820 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608-3510
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Location: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in Gainesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn Gainesville FL 2*
Number of rooms: 39
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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