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Knights Inn Gainesville
Ranked #42 of 45 Hotels in Gainesville
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46 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“This place should be torn down”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2011

Although the front office staff was very nice, this place should be condemned and demolished.

Bed was VERY hard and dated. Mattress looked like it dated to the late 70s. Carpets....stick EW...wore flip flops.

Bathroom AND front door both looked like they have been kicked in once or twice.

Tub - 1960s mustard yellow (no, NOT 70s)...fixed with epoxy and lovely finger marks. Tiles on wall broken up and missing grout. Bathroom counter was a baby blue oil based paint with streaks and paint brush hairs embedded...nice, eh?

Linens and towels had stains and "Knights Inn" written on them in sharpie marker.

Chair in room was circa 1985...chair was yellowish, arms were blackish...not by design.

Property was overall a DUMP. Yes, I know that this is a college town. But seriously, this hotel should be condemned.

Tv worked. Had a coffee machine, blow drier, microwave and small fridge...all unplugged until you need them...it is a "green hotel" after all. LOL.

Never, ever, ever, ever again. Not even on another sold out game weekend. Seriously, this place was number 2 worst in the world (#1 was a San Diego "residence" hotel for tourists, hookers, and cross dressers (great gown show at the front door!)).

Room Tip: No...just - no. No and again NO! I wish I took pictures, but I couldn't make myself do that.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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wellington.fl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

the posts you see in pic. are all rusted , the pool was green so kids couldn't swim A.C. finally got room cooled at 9pm. a.c propped up with a stick of wood. Cont. breakfast was an overripe banana ,cookie and coffee offered to refund money at8pm and then where to go with 2 kids at night, so we stayed bathroom was discusting and night stands looked as if they had stood in water.. i have photos in my camera..

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2011

We stay there every year (don't ask, it's a loooong story) and every year it gets worse and worse. DON'T book your room online for the "cheaper" price. It's a bait and switch. You'll get shoved somewhere in the back of the hotel. Rooms are old and disgusting. Nothing has been updated in the hotel for 20 or 30 years. Including plumbing, paint, beds, electrical, safety, pool or playground. I can't believe Knights Inn and Wyndham Hotel Chains would even want to keep this hotel as one of their hotels.

Room Tip: A different hotel
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Sidney, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2011

Don't stay! Didn't honor coupon unless we stayed on 2nd floor even tho we asked for handicap/1st floor, wife is handicap. First room given smelled like very strong fermented cat urine... walked in the room and walked back out. Second room did not smell badly (no urine smell or smoke), not very lit but didn't find any indications of bed bugs/roaches (etc), or mold. Sheets were clean but stained, needed to be thrown out along with the bed spread that was stained with cigarette burns. In the morning with drapes open and sun light coming in: walls were dirty, carpet was filty and very old, only two small very used towels/plus one hand towel. Noisy outside had trouble sleeping. At check-in clerk told us we would have a wake up call and there would be fresh coffee starting at 7am... we left at 8:30am, had checked 3 times, front office door locked, no one there, no coffee. I am retired military, have been all over the world and I would not reccommend this place... never again!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2010

Buildings and their furniture looks very old. Although they try to keep the room clean, it has a smell like mud and dust. The manager told that the smell was from cleaning agent, but I doubt it. Less than 1 hour after checked in, asthma attack started. My partner was very sick and stayed outside under 100 F! We checked out within two hours, but they charged 1 stay. As soon as moved to a different motel, the asthma has gone and my partner got well.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2010

The room was shabby, to put it mildly. And every horizontal surface had cigarette burns, although there was a No Smoking sign on the door. When we complained, we were told we had been given a smoking room by mistake. We didn't want to try another room, we just left as soon as we could!

Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2009

DO NOT STAY AT THE KNIGHTS INN ON 13th STREET IN GAINESVILLE. The locals ALL gave us a look of horror when we told them where we were staying. I found out it is a place that probably charges by the hour!! The locals said it was a hooker joint. It is NOT a clean place, nor maintained properly. holes in the wall, doors misaligned, electrical outlets hanging out, and please don't get me started on the bathrooms. The cleaning lady smelled so bad, her body odor permeated the room!! We stayed one night because everything else was booked but split the next day. They charged me an outrageous amount and at the time I was not going to argue with them. I had small children with me and wanted to get them out of there. Some "family" motel!!! DO NOT STAY THERE. VERY UNSAFE.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled on business
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Property: Knights Inn Gainesville
Address: 2820 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32609-2832
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Region: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #42 of 45 Hotels in Gainesville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Knights Inn Gainesville 1.5*
Number of rooms: 72
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