I had enough Marriott rewards to redeem for a free night, so I decided to try this hotel. I stayed 2 nights and paid $99 (special holiday rate, which really wasn't all that special) for the 2nd night. The hotel is in a super location. It's just off I-75 and across the street from a Target and a large shopping center. The center stretches for probably a mile with lots of stores and restaurants plus a movie theater. It's also only a couple of miles (about 3 traffic lights) to the University's museums (Natural History museum and Harn Museum of Art, which has a Monet!) The staff are friendly and the housekeepers spent lots of time cleaning so my room was spotless. The hotel does not provide a free breakfast, but has a simple buffet ($5.95 for cold items, $6.95 for all of the buffet including make-your-own-waffles and made to order eggs.) The food was good and I liked avoiding the feeding frenzy that I've experienced at many hotels offering free breakfast. Hotel included USA Today during the week, FREE internet access, free coffee and cookies in the lobby, and a small fitness center. There were no extra fees (ie-resort fees, energy fees, etc) which was nice. I could give it 5* except that the furnishings were small...I mean really tiny. The ceilings are low and I think they compensated by adding small furniture. (If you've ever stayed at an All-Star resort at Disney and thought the furniture could get no smaller, then you should see this Courtyard!) I wish I could have taken measurements, but I bet the night tables were no more than about 18 inches high and 14 inches wide. The telephone filled most of the surface. The dresser and bed were also low to the floor. The only "normal" looking furnishings were the desk and chair and they looked huge next to everything else in the room. I thought that perhaps I was in a handicapped room since everything was so low and the toilet was high, but the bathroom vanity was very high, so it would have been inappropriate for guests in wheelchairs. The other "negative" is that I think this is a pre-fab type of building, so it's easy to hear people walking in the hallways, upstairs, and next door. Also, while I did not use the pool, I did see it and it was a small square outside off from the breakfast room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville FL hotel near Archer Road & I-75 is home to the University of Florida and Gator football. Nearby you'll find more than just the University; check out the Florida Museum of Natural History, Harn Museum, the Santa Fe Community Zoo, the Oaks Mall, and the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens which are just a quick drive from the hotel. Guests traveling to our University of Florida hotel will enjoy the free high speed Internet access, WiFi, a 24-hour business center, large in-room workstation and access to meeting space at our Gainesville FL hotel. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Courtyard Cafe and grab a quick snack from The Market when on the run. We are dedicated to making sure you can maintain your health on the road, so take advantage of our 24-hour fitness center and unwind at the end of the day by enjoying the outdoor pool and spa. We hope to see you soon at the Courtyard Gainesville FL! ... more less
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- Courtyard By Marriott Gainesville Hotel Gainesville
- Gainesville Marriott
- Gainesville Courtyard
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