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Gainesville, FL: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find hotels in Gainesville using the list and search tools below. Search for cheap and discounted hotel and motel rates in or near Gainesville, FL for your personal leisure or group travel. Discover the most popular Gainesville, Florida hotel and motel rooms. Browse the Gainesville area hotels to find the perfect lodging! Please use the provided map of the Gainesville hotels. Booking 5+ Rooms? Find Gainesville Group Hotel Discounts or See the best Gainesville meeting hotels

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, Motels & Accommodations

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gainesville I 75
+1-888-389-4121
3370 SW 42nd St., Gainesville, FL 32608 Website
  • Affordable property
  • Hotel has 5 floors
From$74
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Doubletree by Hilton Gainesville - Gainesville
+1-888-675-2083
3726 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Three Star Highway property
  • Free breakfast available
Residence Inn Gainesville I 75 : 3275 SW 40th Blvd.
+1-800-716-8490
3275 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville Fl, FL 32608 Website ~3.59 miles southwest of Gainesville
  • Mid-scale Suburban property
  • Hotel has a green policy Learn more
Springhill Suites by Marriott
+1-800-805-5223
4155 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608 Website
  • 3 star Suburban property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
  • Best value for money
  • Great location
From$67
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AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown
+1-888-965-1860
151 NW 14th St., Gainesville, FL 32603 Website
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • Access to gym on-site
From$129
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Aloft Gainesville University Area Hotel
+1-888-788-5576
3743 Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32607 Website
  • 3 star property
  • 3 meeting rooms in property
Quality Inn in Alachua
+1-888-897-9207
15960 Northwest Us Highway 441, Alachua, FL 32615 Website ~14.39 miles northwest of Gainesville
  • Two star Highway property
  • Check in time: 4pm
  • Rooms in need of an update
  • The majority of guests thought the building was acceptable
Fairfield by Marriott
+1-888-311-4278
3877 SW 37th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Three Star property
  • Fitness center on property
Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville Downtown in Gainesville
+1-888-469-4795
101 SE 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Low-priced Downtown hotel
  • 124 rooms in property
  • Great reception
  • Most guests thought it was clean
From$109
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Sweetwater Branch Inn in Gainesville
+1-888-734-9421
625 East University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • 20 rooms in hotel
  • Most guests thought rooms were spacious
  • Clean rooms, friendly service, and wonderful beds
From$176
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Home2 Suites by Hilton
+1-888-841-5292
2115 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • 5 floors in property
From$89
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Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville - Gainesville
+1-888-455-5160
4075 SW 33rd Pl, Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 3 star property
  • 4 floors in property
  • Couch worked fine
  • Bathroom could be optimized
From$139
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Holiday Inn Exp Stes Gville I75 in Gainesville
+1-888-965-8297
3370 South West 42nd St., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 3-star hotel
  • Hotel has 100 rooms
Comfort Inn University : 3440 Southwest 40th Blvd.
+1-888-906-6358
3440 Southwest 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Low Cost Highway hotel
  • Fitness center on property
Staybridge Suites I 75 : 3401 South West 40th Blvd.
+1-888-749-6785
3401 South West 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Three Star hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
From$69
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Sleep Inn & Suites University / Shands
+1-888-878-9982
4110 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 2 star property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
Hampton Inn Gainesville
+1-888-389-4485
4225 SW 40th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • 3-star Suburban property
  • 4 conference rooms in property
  • Nice complimentary breakfast
  • Close to Interstate
From$89
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Country Inn & Suites
+1-888-389-4121
4015 SW 43rd St., Gainesville, FL 32608
  • Mid-scale Highway property
  • 42 suites in property
  • Nice warm welcome
  • Popular among families
From$100
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La Quinta by Wndham Gainesville by Wyndham
+1-888-675-2083
908 NW 69th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32605
  • Three Star hotel
  • Check in: 16:00
Towneplace Suites by Marriott Gainesville Northwest I75 in Gainesville
+1-800-716-8490
7451 West Newberry Rd., Gainesville, FL 32605
  • Affordable Highway hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
Best Western Gateway Grand : 4200 NW 97th Blvd.
+1-800-805-5223
4200 NW 97th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606-3742
  • Affordable Highway hotel
  • Check-in time: 04:00
From$99
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alachua Gainesville in Alachua
+1-888-965-1860
16367 NW 167th Blvd., Alachua, FL 32615 ~14.37 miles northwest of Gainesville
  • Affordable Suburban hotel
  • Hotel has 26 suites
Aloft Gainesville Univ Area
+1-888-788-5576
3743 SW Hull Rd., Gainesville, FL 32607
  • 3 star property
  • 146 rooms in property
From$90
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Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center : 1250 West University Ave.
+1-888-897-9207
1250 West University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Mid-scale Downtown property
  • 8 meeting rooms in property
  • Included continental breakfast
  • Good internet service
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center - Gainesville
+1-888-311-4278
1714 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL 32607
  • High-end Convention Center property
  • Access to gym on-site
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Graph: Upcoming 20 Days of Gainesville Hotel Rates

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all Gainesville, FL discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest Gainesville hotel for each day and each star rating category.

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

Best Discounts on Hotels in Gainesville, FL

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.

FAQs about hotels in Gainesville

What are the most favored hotels in Gainesville?

Fairfield by Marriott, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gainesville I 75 and Doubletree by Hilton Gainesville are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the upper-end hotels in Gainesville?

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gainesville I 75 and Doubletree by Hilton Gainesville are the top 3 luxury hotels near Gainesville city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Gainesville?

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gainesville I 75, Doubletree by Hilton Gainesville, and Residence Inn Gainesville I 75 are the properties closest to Gainesville city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Gainesville cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Gainesville can be as cheap as $84.47 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in Gainesville cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Gainesville has been $120.35 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 4-5 star hotel in Gainesville cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Gainesville has been $115.67 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the best Marriott hotels in Gainesville?

Fairfield by Marriott, Residence Inn Gainesville I 75 and Springhill Suites by Marriott are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the best Choice Hotels branded hotels in Gainesville?

Comfort Inn University, Sleep Inn & Suites University and Quality Inn University are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the best IHG hotels in Gainesville?

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gainesville I 75, Holiday Inn Exp Stes Gville I75 and Staybridge Suites I 75 are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

Verified reviews of the city of Gainesville

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

"Is a very nice area."
Score 5.0 / 5

we were there for a wedding. Gainesville/Alachu Enjoyed the weekend.

Terry I., from 07-Oct-2019
"Good"
Score 5.0 / 5

Good

Catrina W., from 07-Sep-2019
"Everything is close by"
Score 4.0 / 5

Everything is close by

Misty M., from 04-Sep-2019
"Great Area to Stay "
Score 4.0 / 5

Location

Alena L., from 14-Jul-2019
"Great Stay!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Lots of wonderful attractions and activity choices in that area.

Galen K., from 21-Mar-2018
"Football!!"
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 4.6 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
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