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"We visit the University Center many times on busy Florida Gator football & basketball weekends and have never been disappointed! The hotel has been ar ... " More

By CocoaBeach, from Cocoa Beach, FL, USA on Sun 17 Jun 2012

Hotel Description

3-star golf hotel near University of Florida

Heart of Gainesville

Your stay at this University Heights hotel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of University of Florida and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (The Swamp). Shands at the University of Florida and Hippodrome State Theatre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Free shuttle, parking

This hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 4 conference rooms, 24-hour business center, and free airport shuttle. Enjoy the 24-hour fitness center and perks like free self parking and a free area shuttle.

Free Internet, refrigerators

Featuring conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, the 167 guestrooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, as well as flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include room service, rainfall showerheads, and coffee/tea makers.

Standard Room, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$96* Per night/room Jan 27 - Jan 28

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (LEISURE)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Executive Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Executive Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center ratings based on 15 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.4 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center

Everyone (1) Couples (1) Family (2)
1 out of 5
Terrible. The worst room that I have stayed in more than a decade. Tops the list!! Smelly, creaky, dirty, dingy. I can't believe I paid for this and they DARE call it a Holiday Inn to sell rooms!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2020

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 8, 2020 by Alex R. - Front Office Manager

Dear SV, Thank you for your candid review - Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us. We sincerely apologize for not meeting your expectations of the Holiday Inn brand and for your experience. We hope that you may consider staying with us again once our ongoing renovations are done and your concerns have been addressed, as we would love the opportunity to show you what our property really has to offer.

2 out of 5
property was under construction. No one told us when we book on line. My wife has Parkinson. She could hardly get around. Last time we use Holiday Inn. Don't want refund or perks. Just want to let you know you lost a customer.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Dec 5, 2019 by Tony S. - Director of Sales & Marketing

Dear Sir! We sincerely apologize about your recent experience. We are very sorry that you did not receive the information that were under renovation! However, I am more concerned that your wife was unable to get around. We want to make this right and if you are available I welcome the chance to listen and learn more about your stay! We truly do wish to make this right! You are more than welcome the contact me directly at the hotel. Again, we appreciate your feedback and staying with us!

4 out of 5
Hotel was fine. Near UF which is why I chose it. Would go back. Room was clean. Staff was nice. No issues.

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jul 22, 2019 by Tony S. - Director of Sales

Thank you so much for your review! We truly appreciate your kind comments about our team and staff. Thank you so very much for the wonderful rating you gave us! We know you have a choice when you stay in a hotel and we thank you for choosing to stay with us at the Holiday in University Center-Gainesville and we sincerely look forward to taking care of you when you return, as we have some exciting new changes coming to our hotel!.

3 out of 5
age of building is beginning to show; looks shabby.

Posted by , from psl, fl on Mar 22, 2018

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5 out of 5

Friendliest staff in a college town!

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, location to uf!!, location to many restaurants!
We visit the University Center many times on busy Florida Gator football & basketball weekends and have never been disappointed! The hotel has been around for a long time, but they do an excellent job with upgrades - and nothing beats the location or the staff! They are the best!

Posted by , from Cocoa Beach, FL, USA on Jun 17, 2012

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2 out of 5

dont book!

Pros: Close restaurants, Free Internet, beds are awesome
Cons: Noisy, not very clean
Booked for business trip, was centrally located. However, front desk staff was not friendly at check in. The clerk acted like I was an annoyance to her. Room was visually displeasing. Stains on the ceiling, bathroom too small and I was afraid to walk on the floor without shoes. Left early, will never go back.

Posted by , from Jacksonville, FL on Oct 17, 2011

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5 out of 5

very friendly staff

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
very nice reception, courteous an helpfull staff, very clean hotel an rooms. will stay there again when in town.

Posted by , from pikeville tennessee on Feb 3, 2011

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1 out of 5

The Time Machine

Holiday Inn University Center takes you back in time to the $* hotel chain in New York State...the rooms are glued together with five different size tiles in the bath room. Have you ever seen a 1 inch groutting around the sink and tubs. The air conditioning...wall mounted in the early 1950. thank God I didn't subject my family to a regular room...we were treated to a upper class executive room on the 5th floor. When asked about breakfast the front desk personnel stated go out the front door hang a left. If you go another few feet you could eat at the McDonalds next door. Save your money...sleep in their parking lot.

Posted by on Jan 1, 2011

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5 out of 5

Loved it!

I have not stayed at a Holiday Inn in ages, and have avoided this one on my frequent trips to Gainesville due to the "3" rating it had. When it was among the last few hotels with rooms available last week, I decided to give it a try and was very happy with my stay. Free cookie on check in, several welcoming notes on arrival to the room. I was on the 6th floor where it was very quiet. The room was sparkling clean and smelled that way. No perfumed or stale room deodorizer scents. The soaps and other sundries were of high quality, and the bathroom was spacious. The only drawbacks were the following: it took 2-3 minutes for the water coming from the shower to warm up, so lots of water was wasted waiting for it to do so. The air conditioning unit was one of the loudest I have encountered, and its age did not fit with the modern feel of the room. I ordered room service as the prices were not unreasonable. However, I pretty much paid for what I got, which I suspected when they told me it would be ready in 15-20 minutes! The hot stuff (ribs) was obviously warmed in a microwave, and the cold stuff, a "pineapple" cole slaw looked and tasted several days old, so I avoided finishing it. The broccoli was bright green and fresh though so that was my silver lining! Excluding those negatives, I would definitely stay again, though might choose a lower room

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010

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5 out of 5

great hotel service

room was clean an comfy, close to everything, shuttle service was realy excelent front desk people were friendly and helpful ,food in resturant was good but limited security was seen walking around often. would stay there again.

Posted by on Oct 31, 2009

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About the Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center

Location 1250 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Renovations + Closures

The property will be renovating from 20 August 2019 to 31 January 2020 (completion date subject to change). The following areas are affected:

  • Exterior
  • Parking area
  • Swimming pool

Renovation work will only be conducted during business hours on weekdays. Every effort will be made to minimize noise and disturbance.

Property Features

Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center offers its guests an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Along with a restaurant, there's a coffee shop/café on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A computer station is on site, and both WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. A 24-hour business center and limo/town car service are available. Event space at this hotel measures 4176 square feet (388 square meters) and includes conference space. A rooftop terrace, a vending machine, and multilingual staff are also featured at the business-friendly Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center. You'll have access to the health club at a partner property. A roundtrip airport shuttle (available on request) and an area shuttle are free. Self parking is free. This 3-star Gainesville hotel is smoke free.

  • 167 guestrooms or units
  • 6 levels
  • 4176 sq ft of conference space
  • 388 sq m of conference space
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Car service
  • Wedding services available
  • Convenience store
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free area shuttle
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Parking

Free self parking , Free RV, bus, truck parking

Transport

  • Airport: Gainesville, FL (GNV-Gainesville Regional) (9.2 km / 5.7 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle and area shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking and RV/bus/truck parking

Room Amenities

Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center offers 167 air-conditioned accommodations with video-game consoles and safes. A pillow menu is available. Flat-screen televisions come with premium cable channels and pay movies. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations with rainfall showerheads, and hair dryers. This Gainesville hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Pillow options
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Gaming console
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy cooked-to-order breakfast on weekdays from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and on weekends from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Piesanos Pints and Pies - This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

Bistro 45 Breakfast Cafe - This café serves breakfast only. A children's menu is available. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Ziplining nearby

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available on request from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Airport shuttle service is offered on request from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.0 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 10.00 per night.

Pets

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Long-term renters welcome. Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and window guards. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. Long-term renters welcome. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and window guards in each accommodation.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Long-term renters welcome
  • Debit cards
  • Number of children who can stay free - 3

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 7.95 and USD 13.95 per person (approximately)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 10.00 per night
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center
  • Holiday Inn University Hotel Gainesville Center
  • Holiday Inn Gainesville University Hotel Gainesville
  • Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center Hotel
  • Holiday Inn University Center Hotel
  • Holiday Inn University Center
  • Gainesville Holiday Inn
  • Gainesville University Center
  • Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center Gainesville
  • Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center Hotel Gainesville

You should know

  • Holiday Inn Gainesville - University Center offers transfers from the airport. Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Pool access available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Reservations are needed for golf tee times. For reservations, contact the hotel before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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