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“Friendly and Efficient” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville

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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville
Ranked #3 of 45 Hotels in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Orlando, Florida
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69 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Friendly and Efficient”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

I stayed at this property strictly because of the Tripadvisor reviews, I normally would stay at The Hilton Conference Center property down the road.

Front desk staff were all friendly and efficient, i wanted extra towels and pillows and I received them right at the front desk to take to my room (I didn't mind). Free cookies at check-in and free breakfast in the morning downstairs. The hotel is located on the quiet corner of Archer Rd and I-75, In between a Cracker Barrel Restaurant and a Gas Station.

The bed is very comfortable with upgraded linens and bedding, decent pillows, great room darkening blinds on the window. Flat screen TV with decent cable selection. The hotel the night I stayed was very quiet, didn't hear any hallway noise (odd for any hotel!).

Plenty of free parking. I paid $111 for a Junior Suite, which basically is just a large room with a sitting area, no separate TV in the Junior Suite, only the one bedroom suite. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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patti1995, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville, responded to this review, September 3, 2012
Thank you for your nice comment on Trip Advisor. I am glad you chose us for your stay. I hope you had a chance to sign up for our Club Carlson Reward Program so every time you stay you will get points. Hope to see you again on your next travels to Gainesville, Florida.
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Mount Dora, Florida
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32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Checked our kid in at UF, this hotel is nicely located on Archer, just off I-75 (to the West).

Clean, quiet, well maintained, and a very nice staff. We felt welcome and they were on the ball.

Breakfast was adequate, the usual, no great shakes.
Exercise room had 2 treadmills, so don't expect much there.

I would stay again, good value for the money.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Newman019
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patti1995, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
We appreciate your great review and hope to see you again. We offer many amenities along with a great location near University of Florida.
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Inverness, Illinois
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309 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2012

Very nice hotel. Especially for a college town. Clean, looked new. Rooms nice size. Internet very good. Work out facility had newer cardio equipment and free weights. Not extravagant but did the job. Did not use pool, but heard it was nice. Breakfast was O.K. Need to spread things out a bit and seating is very limited. Cookies and coffee in the lobby a nice touch. With a son just starting the UF would definitely go back. But make sure you check your reservation confirmation. We were booked incorrectly and had to spend the first night in the last room available which was a smoking room. Awful. Once we got our room, very nice. Had a king suite. Private bedroom for us and a pull-out sofa in a separate room for our son. Also, really appreciated the magnified mirror in the bathroom. Helped putting on make-up immensely!

Room Tip: Large hotel. Can be noisy. We requested upper floor toward the end of the hall.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank TwoGrays
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patti1995, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville, responded to this review, August 24, 2012
Thank you for a great description of our beautiful hotel. We do have coupons in the books, so make sure you pick one up.
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SW Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

We had planned on leaving Fort Lauderdale and driving straight to AL to see family--the kids got tired and crabby and we decided to stop for the nite to let them rest, and to give ourselves a break. We learned about this hotel from one of those hotel coupon booklets that are offered at rest areas. We saw they had a coupon and had a lot of the amenities we enjoy (indoor pool, hot tub, free parking and wifi, free hot breakfast) and had good ratings, so we decided to give it a go! We called from about an hour away to make sure they had availability and Carol was very courteous and helpful on the phone!

We got here and was very pleasantly pleased with the location--right off of the highway, right down the street from stores and restaurants, yet far enough away to relax and enjoy the quiet. The entrance was warm and inviting, and very clean.

Our room was 308, and it was spacious with 2 queen beds. The closet has extra pillows, which worked out well with keeping our kids on the bed. The beds were PERFECT! The pillows were the best! I do think the room was built for tall people--the beds were high off of the floor and the ceilings are very high! Great for my husband, interesting for my short self! But the comfort and nice decorations were just right.

The bathroom was clean and we had enough towels. The water here is hard, so be prepared with lotion!

The breakfast was hot and filling. We had the eggs (pretty basic), sausage (not so bad), hashbrowns (meh) and waffles (AWESOME!). There was plenty of juices, cereals, fruits also. The lady working there was very friendly and chatted with customers, making sure everyone was all set. The customer service here is wonderful!

We saw the pool and hot tub but had to get back on the road so we didn't get to use it. It's small, but I did get to feel the water and it was cool--just right.

Overall, this was an excellent find! If we weren't on our way to see family, we would've considered staying here another nite and seeing what Gainesville has to offer! And with a noon check-out time, we didn't feel rushed to leave! This stay made me learn more about Country Inn and Suites, and we look forward to trying their other locations if we need to!

Room Tip: Room 308 was at the end and we heard NO ONE else!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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patti1995, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
We are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope you visit us again at the Country Inn & Suites in Gainesville, Florida. On non-event days we do honor the coupon rate in the coupon book usual located in rest area stops.
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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37 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

Clean, large room with nice beds, great internet service, plenty of TV channels & the best staff ever encountered! Breakfast is decent, afternoon cookies are delicious! Got substantial discount with "Hospital/Medical Rate" - by direct phone contact to location - for 2 nights while having surgery at Shands. All staff, especially Pearl, exceptionally friendly, caring, helpful & professional. Hopefully, I won't need to return to Shands, but I know where to stay if I do!!!

Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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patti1995, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Country Inn & Suites Gainesville, Florida is the place to stay when visiting Gainesville, Florida. Whether you are going to the hospitals are the University of FLorida come stay with us. Thank you and we are glad you stayed with us.
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Santa Monica, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

Moving my son to Gainesville for graduate school meant staying in a hotel for a few nights. I'm glad we chose Country Inn & Suites. Everything was clean, new looking, and well laid out. The room was large (sofa bed for son, king for daughter and I). Great internet service and probably the best selection of TV stations I've encountered at a hotel or condo. Front desk staff were always professional and friendly. Breakfast provided was adequate and filling with the usual choices of waffles, an egg choice, cereal, and plenty of fresh fruit.

Although it is a bit of a drive to the University, it is very easy to do. A stone's throw away is a Cracker Barrel.

I'll be looking for this chain for future travel options.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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patti1995, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Only a few miles from the University of Florida Country Inn & Suites Gainesville, Florida is the place to stay. Great Customer Service, Great Customer Service and many special amenities. Hope to see you again soon.
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Panacea, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

We have stayed there last year and had an amazing time. Our daughter has special needs so when we went to Gainesville last year and found where it is located we said that's the place for us. The people who work there are so friendly and helpful. They have reasonable rates and we enjoy the pool and also breakfast. We just went again and had a terrible time at the hospital so when I called to see if we could get the room for another night there were no problems. When we arrived there they listened to our story and offered us a snack sac (which was appropriate since we had not eaten in 18 hours) Clean, Comfortable, Centrally located, indoor pool and breakfast, it's the only place we stay. Thanks for having us

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Carole S
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patti1995, Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Country Inn & Suites Gainesville, Florida. Are guest are like our family and we are glad to hear you had an enjoyable stay. Customer Service is what matters and a great stay is important to us. We hope to see you again.
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Property: Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville
Address: 4015 SW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32608-2217
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Location: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Gainesville
#4 Best Value Hotel in Gainesville
#7 Romantic Hotel in Gainesville
#9 Family Hotel in Gainesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Gainesville 2.5*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Country Inn & Suites is conveniently located next to I-75 right off of exit 384. There are lots of restaurants close by with Cracker Barrel adjacent to the property. CI&S offers free breakfast, free WiFi, 24 hour business center, fitness center and the only indoor heated pool in Gainesville. ... more   less 
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