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Best Western Gateway Grand
Ranked #4 of 44 Hotels in Gainesville
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Boston, Massachusetts
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253 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“a bit better than most interstate chain motels”
Reviewed January 12, 2010

Because these motels are individual franchises, you can never be sure what you will get, but this is a good motel. Even though it is less than 100 feet from I-75, I could not hear the traffic when inside the room. This motel has a ballroom and hosts quite a few functions, so maybe that's why it is a bit nicer than most. The entrance architecture is quite appealing as are the lobby/breakfast and other common areas which are quite nice and spacious. The breakfast room looks out on the outdoor pool and hot tub which looks nice. The restaurant looked appealing and had a good menu, but I was visiting family and never had time to eat there.

The rooms are fairly standard, with no fridge or microwave, and no flat screen TV. Although the rooms are good size, they have two double beds rather than queen beds. There are rooms with one king bed, but groups of 3 or 4 would have to share double beds if they got only one room. The heating unit had a loud blower. The beds were average quality and medium hard. The closet is quite large but the bathroom is quite small. The shower head and pressure are good. The vanity is outside the tub/toilet area.

The continental breakfast included make your own Belgian waffles and a microwave to heat up potato cakes stuffed with ham and cheese and an assortment of pastries. There was a good selection of breakfast items. The vending machines have a wide range of drinks and snacks.

There were some nice touches such as free newspapers and cookies in mid-afternoon. There is a good size tourist info rack in the lobby. The motel has a fitness center and a salon. The staff was friendly and helpful.

There are more than a dozen motels along I-75 in Gainesville, so I would recommend this motel if the price was right.

Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 10, 2009

We have been staying at this hotel frequently as a family member is in hospital near here. The rooms are spacious and clean. There is a lovely outdoor pool. Breakfasts complete and available early. Lovely staff -let me check in at 9am today. Obviously, it's not the Ritz but it is a perfectly satisfactory place to stay. Be sure to visit nearby state parks and springs. This is a lovely part of Florida.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled on business
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed November 4, 2009

I normally don't expect much of the Best Western brand, but this hotel really surprised me. The front desk staff couldn't have been nicer. The room (especially the matress and the desk) could have stood to be replaced. This is a bit on the outskirts of Gainesville, so if you're looking to be in the thick of it, don't stay here. Then again, the town is relatively small, so nothing is all that far. The pool area was absolutely beautiful, with very nice chaise lounges and chairs. The gym was not the best I've ever seen, but decent enough for a hotel in this class. The breakfast was excellent. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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west palm beach
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Reviewed November 2, 2009

My husband and I stayed over the weekend,rooms were clean>But we discovered a stray cat had been living out on property for 1 month-They would not feed it or call animal control and when confronted they said it lived off a big field behind the hotel>I called management but they were ignorant and unhelpful as well as other emplyees

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Steilacoom,WA
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

I feel as if I've been on the hotel review circuit with Gainesville, Over the years, I had to make a number of trips to Gainesville for family visits and this is the first time I intend to return to a particular hotel.

It is a well-appointed hotel with close freeway access. There is a major supermarket on the other side of the freeway and some fast food options. It is off a major Gainesville thoroughfare. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Check-in and out ran smoothly. They have one of the better breakfast selections I've seen.

The one thing I did notice was the king rooms were a better value than the double rooms. They seem to have more space and amenities. Despite the hotel being booked solid for several days, there was never a noise problem.

As i said, this is the place I'll stay on subsequent trips.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
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Upstate New York
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Reviewed July 23, 2009

I found most of the staff at the Best Western a great help and friendly except for one person by the name of Aimee at the front desk. She was awful. However ,Holly at the front desk was a real gem she was always friendly and extremely helpful to everyone. I enjoyed my stay at the Best Western rooms were nice, although carpeting could use a makeover. Loved the Breakfast buffet in the morning. Nice atmosphere.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
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Lake Worth, FL
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Reviewed July 20, 2009

PROS:
* Extremely competent and accommodating front desk staff (especially Suri)
* Fantastic complimentary breakfast spread (and hardworking attendant to keep everything filled and available)
* King deluxe room included sofa bed, microwave, mini-fridge
* Nice water pressure for hot shower
* Free wireless access in room
* Convenient location right off of I-75
* Smoke-free!

CONS:
* Too-firm mattress
* Very small bath/toilet room
* Housekeeping removed but didn't replace soiled towels (we easily got fresh ones at front desk)

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Best Western Gateway Grand
Address: 4200 NW 97th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606-3742
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Location: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Gainesville
#3 Green Hotel in Gainesville
#4 Family Hotel in Gainesville
#7 Business Hotel in Gainesville
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Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Gateway Grand 3*
Number of rooms: 152
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