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Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville
Ranked #11 of 46 Hotels in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 May 2014

The hotel is located on the edge of campus and right across the street from the Shands medical center which makes it convenient for business trips. The lobby and rooms are nice. The hallways are a little run down but overall it is a decent hotel.

I was expecting a fridge in the room and didn't find one, so I ended up filling the ice bucket to keep my drink "refrigerated".

Also, the hotel does offer an airport shuttle but you have to sign-up for it in advance. (A taxi to the hotel from the airport is about $30.)

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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tom m, Manager at Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Dear Livi B,
Thank you for the comments about your recent stay with us. Our location is very convenient for our guests that have to go to the medical center or campus. We should be addressing the hallways later this year, and we are looking at the possibility of adding some fridges to a handful of rooms.
Thank you again for the comments and we look forward to seeing you again when your travels bring you back to Gainesville.

Warm Regards,
Tom MacDonald

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Wonderful, people, rooms, bar, pool etc. Had a great restful time with my daughter. Great location for the University of Florida. The bartender knows how to make a Pims cup that is tasteful of Ole England.

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tom m, Manager at Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Dear Arlene W,
Thank you for the great comments about the "Best Hotel in Gainesville". I will make sure that the entire staff knows about your comments and that the bartenders keep making the Pims just like at home.
Thank you again,

Warm Regards,
Tom MacDonald

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

The Gainesville Hilton is a shrine to the University of Florida Gators and an absolutely great place to stay. We held our daughter's wedding there and the support staff was very accommodating and everyone at the hotel went out of their way to insure that the wedding went well. First class all the way and my experience as a frequent traveler tells me they hire great people and keep them. Try this hotel when in Gainesville and I guarantee you'll be glad you did.

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tom m, Manager at Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Dear Robert F,
Thank you for the great review from your stay with us. It is great to hear about how our staff went out of their way to insure all went well for the event.
Thank you again

Warm Regards,
Tom MacDonald

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

It was a horrible experience to arrive in a hotel room with no microwave and or fridge and needed to rent it. That put us in a very uncomfortable situation. We should have been informed at the time of reservation.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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tom m, Manager at Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Dear Mohammeda125,
Thank you for the comments about your stay. We are going to add microwaves and a small fridge to about 10 guest rooms. Thank you again for the comments and if your travels bring you to Gainesville again please let us know.

Warm Regards,
Tom MacDonald

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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I stayed at this hotel recently while in town for business. Only stayed one night, and my business had nothing to do with the University. It was directly across the street from the University of Florida campus - the problem, however, is that all of the night-life of Gainesville is on the exact opposite side of campus, so I ended up having to drive 10+ minutes to dinner when I was really hoping to walk. This property is fine if you want a central location and all the amenities of a full-service hotel, but if I was in town again I would probably stay somewhere closer to Downtown.

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tom m, Manager at Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2014

Dear Adam M,
Thank you for the feedback from your recent stay with us. There are several places also close by to the hotel also for dinner.
Once again thank you for the feedback from your recent stay.

Warm Regards,
Tom MacDonald

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Reviewed 12 May 2014

We stayed here this weekend for my sister in laws wedding. She chose this Hilton has one of the hotels for guests. We have stayed here before and always enjoyed it. We ended up choosing this particular hotel because it was the only one that had a one bedroom suite. Our to year old daughter is a total diva and refuses and to sleep in a living room of a suite and can't sleep in room with us because she is too excited and wants to stay awake. After we booked the room, we received a call from the hotel telling us that there had been a mistake and a bride who was getting married at that hotel that weekend had booked that suite as well. They told us that we, of course, had the priority to keep the room or not, since we had booked the room first, but if we would rather, they would give us two adjoining rooms for the price of one. This was perfect for our little family! They were so quick to fix the problem. When we arrived, the room was ready and clean. The bedrooms had been upgraded (My parents were jealous of our rooms) and the bathrooms were wonderful. The beds were so comfortable we slept in, and apparently my daughter didn't mind because she never woke us from her crib.

Since my husband and I were both in the wedding party, we were away from our daughter a lot and my parents and sister were in charge of her most of the time. The first night, they took her to dinner at the hotel and had an excellent experience. My daughter was an angel but only ate half of her kid's burger. When they asked for a box, the server also brought them some milk, cheerios, and a banana for breakfast the next morning.

We also had mother's day brunch there, and again we enjoyed the service, food, and prices. My parents, in-laws, and newlyweds all attended and we all had a good time. I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Gainesville, home to the Greatest University Known to Man.

Room Tip: Did not experience spas, or kids activities (if they had any). I rated this high for location for i...
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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tom m, Manager at Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Dear Erin P,
Thank you for the great comments from your stay with us. I am happy that the rooms worked out for you during the weekend, and that you daughter was happy during her stay.
Please let us know when your travels bring you back to Gainesville again.

Warm Regards,
Tom MacDonald

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Reviewed 11 May 2014 via mobile

Just want to thank you for having Shaun at the bar. His service was truly impeccable...he optimizes Hilton hospitality at its very best. Employees like him are the reason for my continuous loyalty to the Hilton brand...respectfully submitted ..

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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tom m, Manager at Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2014

Dear Dawn C,
Thank you for the great comments about Shaun. We did share your feedback with Shaun, and we do agree that he truly all about the hospitality.
Thank you again for the feedback.

Warm Regards,
Tom MacDonald

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Additional Information about Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville

Address: 1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607-4138
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Region: United States > Florida > Gainesville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Gainesville
Price Range: £118 - £339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville 3.5*
Number of rooms: 248
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the Southwest corner of the University of Florida campus, in the heart of “Gator Nation”, Hilton University of Florida is the perfect spot for conducting essential business without missing out on the pleasure. This property has been completely renovated in the last three years, offers complimentary wireless internet in our lobby, complimentary parking, and a complimentray business center for guest use. A full service restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Two Bit's lounge or room service can make your day easier. Visit the Olympic size outdoor pool or our complimentary fitness center. ... more   less 
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