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Gainesville, FL: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

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The Gainesville center point is about the area of Shands at AGH and the area of Florida Museum of Natural History.

Gainesville, home of the Florida Gators, is the largest city in Alachua County. It sits in the region of North Central Florida and is part of the Gainesville-Lake City Combined Statistical Area, which has more than 335,000 residents. Gainesville has two higher education institutions within its limits: the University of Florida, which is the ninth-largest university in the nation, and Santa Fe College. People often refer to the city as "Gatorville" or "G-Ville." It is also home to the Gainesville Raceway. More from this guide...

"Home of the University Of Florida"
Author: , a Hotel Planner from , reviewed on 01-Nov-2013
Score of City:
5.0 / 5

Gainesville, FL is the home of the University Of Florida. It is a big city with a small town feel. I recommend visiting the Florida Museum of Natural History and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. If you stop by Lake Alice - there is a good chance you will see an Alligator! I recommend visiting between April and November.

Gainesville Hotels/Accommodations

AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown - Gainesville 151 NW 14th St., Gainesville, FL 32603 Website
  • 3 star property
  • Hotel has 144 rooms
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Springhill Suites by Marriott 4155 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608 Website
  • 3-star Suburban hotel
  • Gym is available on property
  • Close to restaurants, bars and shopping areas
  • Room is all right
Towneplace Suites by Marriott Gainesville Northwest 7451 West Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32605 Website
  • 3-star Highway hotel
  • Free breakfast
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center 1714 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32607 Website
  • 4-star Downtown hotel
  • 245 rooms in hotel
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alachua Gainesville in Alachua 16367 NW 167th Blvd., Alachua, FL 32615 ~14.37 miles northwest of Gainesville
  • Three Star Suburban property
  • Check-in time: 3:00pm
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Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville Downtown : 101 SE 1st Ave. 101 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Low Cost Downtown hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
  • Variety for breakfast
  • Great room
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Sweetwater Branch Inn : 625 East University Ave.
625 East University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • 20 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Wonderful venue
  • Interior of our house was well maintained
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Home2 Suites by Hilton - Gainesville 2115 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
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Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville - Gainesville 4075 SW 33rd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 3-star property
  • Check in time: 03:00pm
  • Clean
  • Great location
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Doubletree by Hilton Gainesville - Gainesville 3726 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Midscale Highway property
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
Comfort Inn University 3440 Southwest 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 2 star Highway hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score CallBookMore Details
Sleep Inn & Suites University / Shands - Gainesville 4110 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Low priced hotel
  • Check-in: 11:00
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Hampton Inn Gainesville in Gainesville 4225 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 3 star Suburban property
  • Hotel has 2 meeting rooms
  • World class service
  • Modestly maintained rooms
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Country Inn & Suites in Gainesville 4015 SW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 3 star Highway hotel
  • 90 rooms in property
  • Good wifi quality
  • Bland eggs
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Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville 4200 NW 97th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606
  • Three Star Highway property
  • Fitness + Health Center
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Comfort Suites in Ocala 3825 NW Blitchton Rd., Ocala, FL 34475 ~32.06 miles south of Gainesville
  • 3 star Highway property
  • Check in: 3:00pm
Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center 1250 West University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • 5 meeting rooms in property
  • Bathroom needs cleaning
  • Entrance area is ok
Homewood Suites by Hilton 3333 SW 42nd St., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 3-star hotel
  • 103 rooms in hotel
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Red Roof Inn Gainesville 3500 SW 42nd St., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 2 star Highway hotel
  • 4 floors in property
  • Most guests were unsatisfied with the kitchenette
  • AC needs updating
Courtyard by Marriott 3700 SW 42nd St., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Mid-scale hotel
  • 81 rooms in property
Marriott Residence Inn Gainesville I 75 3275 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Affordable Suburban property
  • 118 suites in hotel
  • Excellent value
  • Great shopping
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Best Western Waldo Inn & Suites 17230 NE Us Highway 301, Waldo, FL 32694 ~15.14 miles northeast of Gainesville
  • Two-star Highway hotel
  • 51 rooms in hotel
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Americas Best Value Inn 880 North Temple Ave., Starke, FL 32091 ~25.04 miles northeast of Gainesville
  • Low-priced hotel
  • Check-in: 15:00
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Best Western Starke : 1290 North Temple Ave. 1290 North Temple Ave., Starke, FL 32091 ~25.30 miles northeast of Gainesville
  • 2 star Rural property
  • Hotel has 51 rooms
Howard Johnson of Ocala 3951 NW Bonnie Heath Blvd., Ocala, FL 34482 ~31.94 miles south of Gainesville
  • Two star Highway hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
  • Pool in need of cleaning
  • Location is great
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In the last decade, the city earned the No. 1 spot on the list of places to live in North America from "Cities Ranked and Rated." It also ranked as one of the "Best Places to Live and Play" in National Geographic Adventure. The climate is humid subtropical with heavy thunderstorms and high humidity during the spring and the summer. Gainesville has its own unique winter climate that is different from the rest of the state, with several weeks of freezing temperatures every few years, although snow is rare.

What Are the Best Times to Score a Great Hotel Deal in Gainesville, FL?

Football season is big in Gator country, so avoid weekends with home games between late August and early December. Hotel prices skyrocket during these weekends as alumni and Gator fans travel in to catch the games, as well as those coming to cheer on the opposing team. You can score a better price on a hotel room during the late fall and winter, as long as you don't pick a weekend with a home football game. The colder weather detracts visitors who are looking for sunshine.

During the spring and the summer, the hotel room prices start to creep back up. You'll also see higher-than-average rates during the Gatornationals, an annual drag racing event held at the Gainesville Raceway in mid-March. The National Hot Rod Association sponsors this event and draws enthusiasts from around the country.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Gainesville, FL:

seasonality of hotel rates in Gainesville

Averate Rates by Star Rating

Below we've posted 3 graphs displaying average price patterns by star rating class in Gainesville, FL. Analyze these line graphs to evaluate the most cost effective time period to book in Gainesville for your upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotel Options in Gainesville, FL

4 Star Average Prices: $115.67

Gainesville doesn't have any four- or five-star properties, but there are plenty of upscale three-star hotels for a more luxurious stay. Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville offers the comforts of home in spacious suites, which include full-size refrigerators and microwaves, along with free Wi-Fi, separate workspaces, and MP3 docking stations. The outdoor pool and spa are open seasonally, and the lobby includes a snack bar/deli. Complimentary breakfast with hot and cold items is available every day. You can also meet fellow guests at the complimentary receptions, held on select days of the week. On-site parking is free for guests.

Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville is another option, boasting a beautiful outdoor pool with plenty of poolside seating and an outdoor fire pit. The hotel also has a fitness center, a restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, a coffee shop, a market in the lobby with snacks and drinks that is open 24/7, and a lounge. Spacious guest rooms include free wired and wireless internet access, complimentary brand name toiletries, and flat-screen TVs. You can also park for free at the property.

Another three-star hotel in the area is the Holiday Inn Gainesville- University Center. It's close to the University of Florida and Hippodrome State Theatre. Guests can take advantage of the complimentary shuttle, offering service to nearby destinations, along with the seasonal outdoor pool. The property includes a restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner daily along with room service during limited hours, and a lounge. A complimentary round-trip airport shuttle is available at scheduled times. Each room includes a video game console, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and both wired and wireless internet access.

Affordable Hotel Options in Gainesville, FL

3 Star Average Prices: $120.35

Although the physical size of Gainesville isn't huge, the city knows how to accommodate a large number of visitors. You have plenty of options for budget-friendly hotels throughout the area. Many of the hotels sit close to the University of Florida, although as you get further away from the center of town, the areas will feel more rural and wooded.

One of the most economical lodging options is Extended Stay American Gainesville FL. The rooms at this hotel make you feel more at home, especially if you're traveling for a few days or more. Guests have kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers grab-and-go breakfast options and coffee in the lobby all day. Another reasonable option is Quality Inn-Gainesville, a pet-friendly hotel located about 3 miles from the University of Florida. Amenities include an outdoor pool, an on-site gas station and drugstore open 24 hours a day, and free daily deluxe continental breakfast. The rooms recently underwent remodeling.

Days Inn University is a two-star hotel located within walking distance of the campus. All rooms include comfortable accommodations, tea and coffee makers, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and complimentary daily breakfast with nutritious options. Some of the rooms also include microwaves and refrigerators for convenience. The outdoor swimming pool is open seasonally. Another budget-friendly location is America's Best Value Inn University of Florida/Shands, which is less than a mile from the campus. Guest rooms include microwaves, refrigerators, free wireless internet access, and full cable with two HBO channels. The hotel also boasts a courtyard with an outdoor pool and a Chinese buffet on site.

Rodeway Inn offers the basic amenities you need for a comfortable stay. The property is within a few miles of the campus, along with the Florida Museum of Natural History and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Amenities for guests include a seasonal outdoor pool, free coffee, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The rooms include microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Your furry friend can also stay in this hotel for a small additional fee.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Gainesville

2 Star Average Prices: $84.47

2 Star Hotel Prices in Gainesville

Gainesville: Real Discounts

When you're looking for a group rate, check out the Gainesville hotels that offer better pricing when you book together. You may qualify for free room vouchers or discounts, and you'll always get the best group rate. One property that offers group discounts in the Gainesville area is America's Best Value Inn.

AAA members can also qualify for better rates at properties such as America's Best Value Inn, Quality Inn University, EconoLodge University, Wyndham Garden Gainesville, Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, and Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville. Additional hotels offering AAA discounts include Red Roof Inn Plus Gainesville, Sleep Inn & Suites University/Shands, Residence Inn by Marriott Gainesville I-75, Holiday Inn Express Gainesville, and Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Gainesville FL. Baymont Inn & Suites Gainesville and Quality Inn are budget-friendly properties with additional savings available to AAA members.

Best Value Options in Gainesville, FL

One of the best value hotel properties in the area is Doubletree by Hilton Gainesville, which boasts upscale amenities at a reasonable price. The outdoor pool is open seasonally and includes sun loungers and umbrellas on the deck. This property also connects to a shopping center and offers room service and cocktails in the lounge. Each room has a pillow-top mattress, a refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV with cable, and complimentary toiletries. A complimentary shuttle operates within a 2-mile radius and parking is free for guests.

If you are looking for a home away from home, check out the Residence Inn by Marriott Gainesville I-75 or Home2Suites. Both properties offer spacious accommodations with kitchens in the rooms, boasting full-sized refrigerators and microwaves. Guests at either property will also have access to barbecue grills, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and free Wi-Fi. The Residence Inn hosts complimentary receptions on specific days and has a snack bar or deli in the lobby.

The Sweetwater Branch Inn is another property that delivers impressive value for the affordable price. Free breakfast is available daily, which includes freshly made options such as French toast casserole, potatoes, grits, eggs to order, frittatas, crepes, and meats. This intimate property has 20 guest rooms with fireplaces, pillow-top mattresses with Egyptian cotton sheets, free wireless and wired internet access, and complimentary newspapers. You can rent a bicycle to explore the area or relax on one of the five spa tubs. Join

Top Landmarks and Transportation in Gainesville, FL

When you visit the area, make sure to set aside some time to walk around the University of Florida campus. Other top attractions include the Ichetucknee Springs State Park, which offers river tubing excursions during the summer months, the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens. The Harn Museum of Art has an impressive collection of African and Asian pieces, while The Matheson History Museum is a must-see with its collection of vintage postcards.

Visitors have several transportation options while in Gainesville. Bus service is available through the Regional Transit System. You can also rent a car at the airport or at locations throughout the city. Most hotels offer free parking for guests. Gainesville is also one of the top 10 bike-friendly cities in the U.S. with plenty of dedicated bike lanes, trails, and bike racks at businesses throughout the city.

Whether you're cheering on the Gators at a home game or enjoying a relaxing vacation, you're sure to have a great time in Gainesville.

Government Per Diem Rates in Gainesville, FL Chart

Below are the GSA reimbursement limits for hotel spending in Gainesville, FL excluding taxes per night. See for more details.

Applies to Alachua

Season BeginSeason EndLodging RateMeals & Incidentals
January 1, 2019December 31, 2018$106.00$61.00

Verified reviews of the city of Gainesville

Below are reviews of the city of Gainesville, FL from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Lots of wonderful attractions and activity choices in that area.

Galen K., from 21-Mar-2018
Score 5.0 / 5

Gatornation!!!!! Go Gators!!!!

Pam K., from 30-May-2017
"Great Location"
Score 5.0 / 5

Close to Mall.

Cornelia F., from 18-Jul-2016
"Nice Place To Visit"
Score 4.0 / 5

It is a very nice town, friendly and everything is accessible.

Isabel G., from 26-Jan-2016
"College town"
Score 5.0 / 5

Great college town!

Pam C., from 29-Oct-2013
The average traveler rating of the city of Gainesville, FL shown above is 4.7 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
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