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Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center
Ranked #16 of 44 Hotels in Gainesville
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Fort Myers, Florida
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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect location to UF and Shands”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

We stayed here for 1 night to have easy access to Shands Hospital. (located about 3 minutes away by car) The hotel is perfectly situated on the corner of the campus if you want to check out UF on foot. They offer free parking which is always a plus:) The desk manager working when we checked in was very friendly. I needed a late check out and he was able to accommodate me until 2pm! All I needed to do was sign up for their hotel rewards program ( took a minute and was free)

This particular hotel offers a complimentary breakfast which includes: coffee, pastries,cold cereal, yogurts, and a few fruits set up daily from 7-9am. No hot foods other than bagels and bread which can be toasted. It is an adequate assortment for those wanting just something small to eat. The evening we checked in, there were coffee carafes and cookies available.

The housekeeping staff were very friendly when we saw them the following day. Other than the fact the hotel looks a bit dated, it was certainly clean and served our purpose. If we find ourselves back in Gainsville, I would certainly stay here again!

Oh, and never forget to ask for a discount:)

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Good day and greetings from the team at the Holiday Inn University Hotel! Thank you so very much for your recent patronage as well as feedback. Indeed, it is the "perfect location" if your desire is to be near the University of Florida, the world renowned Shands Medical Complex, or many other highly sought after local venues.

We take great pride in meeting and exceeding the expectations of our guests, whether here for business or pleasure. As you mentioned, the hotel is a little older however, we have made numerous enhancements as well as opened a fabulous, Italian themed restaurant and pizzeria named Piesanos (local fav' with two other locations) just yesterday. For my team and I, we truly believe that it is the service that will set us apart. We take great pride in providing that service as many have described it as being second to none. I will share your commentary with my team, particularly that "very friendly housekeeping staff" you mentioned!

Thank you again for your feedback and patronage. We certainly look forward to your next visit. All the very best to you and yours...

Warmest regards,

Odyssey Leach
General Manager
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1923 60th ave
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2014

The staff at this hotel went above and beyond to make my mother feel at home while her husband was getting care at a near by hospital.
She could have never afforded to stay as long as she did without the great hospital program.
This hotel should pat themselves on the back for putting customer's before the dollar.
The pizza parlor next door has great food too.
Thanks again staff for all that you did especially, Ryan-Matt- Gram and the shuttle drivers.
Ralf-June

Room Tip: Nice pool area.
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Green Features: Great, they have signs about laundry service and conserving towel usage.
  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Greetings from your extended family at the Holiday Inn University Hotel in Gainesville!

We sincerely appreciate your feedback and patronage and our commitment is to always place our "customers" or "guest needs," as we so fondly refer to, ahead of any other objective. Even though your mother was here as her husband was being cared for in a local hospital, our goal is to ensure that all guests are treated with mutual respect and that all hospitality needs are met. We hope that his healthcare and recovery went as well as expected.

Again, thank you so very much for your feedback. I will extend your gratitude to those mentioned - Ryan, Matt, and Graham as they, as well as the rest of my team, pride themselves in meeting and exceeding guests' expectations. We wish you and your family all the very best...

Warmest regards,

Odyssey Leach
General Manager
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St Augustine, Fl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2014

Another one night stay for a workshop in Gainesville. Arrived before noon and had the time to try to check-in to the hotel before the workshop began (workshop was at another venue). Staff was very gracious at getting me a room even though I had not called ahead. Very nice staff and a very nice facility.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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2 Thank GCourter
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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, July 9, 2014
Good evening from the Holiday Inn University Center Hotel in Gainesville. Thank you so very much for your recent patronage as well as your feedback. We are extremely happy that we met your expectations and look forward to your next visit, whether for business or pleasure. All the very best to you and yours...

Respectfully,

Odyssey Leach
General Manager
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 27, 2014

From the moment we checked in with Jason and Jakob, excellent customer service. Both guys were helpful and very pleasant. The lobby was bright and super clean. Lights in the bathrooms were dim. Beds were super comfortable and room spacious.
Had a problem with the A/C unit during the night but Ryan (Front Desk Supervisor) went above and beyond to make me feel like my opinion mattered.
Would change the packaged cakes for maybe 'croissants and muffins'. something a little healthier. All in all, a wonderful first time and will be returning in August.

Room Tip: Our room was quiet and spacious on the 3rd floor.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, June 30, 2014
Good afternoon and greetings from the beautiful Holiday Inn University Hotel! Thank you so very much for your recent feedback. We couldn't have asked for more as you summarized your visit as "outstanding" which is the end result we strive for on a daily basis. We truly pride ourselves in meeting and exceeding expectations, thus never taking anything for granted. It's an ongoing focus, moment by moment, and detail by detail. My entire team truly takes it to heart, including the wonderful gentlemen you mentioned - Ryan, Jason, and Jacob.

Also, thank you for the tip of providing healthier options on the breakfast such as croissants and muffins. We have a couple of hard core cyclists/fitness addicts, including myself, that truly appreciate when we receive health conscious suggestions/ideas from our guests. I will indeed share your feedback with them as well as the rest of my team.

Thank you again for your patronage and feedback. We look forward to your next visit and best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful and exciting Independence Day weekend!

Warmest regards,

Odyssey Leach
General Manager
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Coral Springs, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2014

The lobby was updated and lovely. The front desk staff was helpful and pleasant. The room was small, the water in the shower could not be regulated, it went from hot to cold and back again. The room needed repairs, the lights were dim, and the bathroom desperately needs updating. The good part was the location, right across the street from campus. They had no suites, which would have been great for a large group.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Odyssey L, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Good afternoon from the Holiday Inn University Hotel in Gainesville. Thank you so very much for your recent feedback. The hotel is "right across from the campus, great for large groups" as mentioned, as well as our lobby recently modernized. We also have a very exciting new Italian themed restaurant coming on board soon.

Our team (staff) is helpful and pleasant, which sometimes can make all the difference in one's visit. A well maintained hotel is the result of ongoing focus and attention to detail, so we apologize that we missed the areas of opportunity you encountered. Indeed the property has been a pillar in the community for many years. Unfortunately the size of the bathrooms cannot be altered however, cleanliness and a well maintained environment will always be top priority. Sometimes it's simply a matter of personal preference and taste, so we don't expect to nor pretend to completely satisfy all. Thank you again for your feedback and patronage. All the very best to you and yours...

Warmest regards,

Odyssey Leach
General Manager
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2014

Man, been in many, many hotels with Holiday Inn. The Holiday Inn at Gainesville, Florida was of the utmost enjoyable stay of all Holiday Inn's I have been to. The Staff was exceptional and very courteous throughout my stay. They were always checking to see if everything was up to par and if I needed anything. Linda was my absolute favorite. She went out of her way to help me and my family in a time of need. Have a problem or question? Ask Linda. End of story.

Room Tip: See Linda if you need help
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Green Features: Try it out and you will see exceptional service is the best .
  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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Hotel G, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
"Awesome peeps" - definitely very hard to follow! Greetings from the beautiful Holiday Inn University Hotel in Gainesville. Thank you so very much for your recent feedback regarding your visit, our team, and particularly Linda! She truly prides herself in meeting and exceeding the expectations of all our guests as do each one of my team members. Linda has recently assumed more of a leadership role and her evolution is very similar to the analogy of watching a beautiful flower blossom. I will share your feedback with Linda and the entire team as "awesome peeps" are truly what makes the difference in providing excellent service. Thank you for your patronage. We look forward to seeing you again in the relatively near future...

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Odyssey Leach
General Manager
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

We had a wonderful stay again at the Holiday Inn University Center!!! The entire front desk staff where helpful, accommodating and so pleasant. From the numerous phone calls we made to finalize our trip to the clean guest rooms our family group had for a graduation and the 3rd floor pool deck was a great way to keep cool and the kids occupied between family events. Thank you so much Joe, Ryan, Dana and all the housekeeping staff for making our trip so enjoyable!!! We are really looking forward to our next venture to Gainesville, especially for the new pizza restaurant that will be opening soon!!!

Room Tip: We personally enjoy the 3rd floor because of the gym and pool access.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Hotel G, General Manager at Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
Good day! Thank you so very much for your recent visit and for your posting on Trip Advisor. Your feedback regarding our service and location are certainly appreciated and contribute to our efforts to continuously improve, meet, and exceed expectations. We look forward to hosting you again in the relatively near future. All the very best to you and yours...

Warmest regards,

Odyssey Leach
General Manager
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Property: Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center
Address: 1250 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601-5118
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Location: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Gainesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center 3*
Number of rooms: 167
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn University Center is surrounded on all sides by the University of Florida, local shops & boutiques, restaurants, in 'the Heart of Gainesville.' This 6 story 'almost on campus' city landmark offers a roof-top swimming pool surrounded by 14,000 sq. Ft. Of 'sunning' space. The fitness room is located adjacent to the pool on the third floor. Complimentary transportation is provided to the airport and local hospitals daily from 7am-11pm. Free High-speed Wireless Internet service, In-room movies, are available in all rooms. The hotel offers an open and spacious lobby with open business center. The hotel has also recently completed the Holiday Inn Relaunch and features luxury linens, fresh pillow selection, and new signage. Piesanos, an exciting new Italian themed restaurant, is open 7 days a week serving lunch and dinner. ... more   less 
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