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Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida

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1514 SW 14th St, Gainesville, FL 32608-1145
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Hotel ELEO at The University of Florida, a 173-room luxury boutique hotel, is located in Gainesville, Florida. The hotel is home to Covey Kitchen + Cocktails, offers flexible meeting and event space, features top of the line equipment in the fitness studio, and is walking distance to restaurants, galleries, theaters, and stadiums on the University of Florida campus.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Free shuttle or taxi services
Business Centre with Internet Access
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Valet parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Baggage storage
Concierge
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
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Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
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Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
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Seating area
Telephone
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Bottled water
Iron
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Complimentary toiletries
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Grade: 56 out of 100
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gypsywomen2 wrote a review Nov. 22
The Villages, Florida530 contributions90 helpful votes
Fine hotel but problems with billing. A family member gave me 2 nights here during a family emergency. The hotel had a lot of difficulty accepting payments over the phone. It would seem they would make accommodations for these situations being across from Shands hospital. Twice had issues. Room was very nice. Shower could have been hotter. Very nice bar/restaurant. Only ate breakfast, but that was good If you need a place within walking distance of Shands I would recommend it highly , just don't try to get someone else a room over the phone.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Valet parking available
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Thank you for taking the time to share your review with us, Barbara. While we're glad we could offer you the comfortable accommodations and convenient location you needed, it's disappointing to learn that you faced some difficulties with billing. This is certainly not the experience we strive to provide for our guests, and our team will be discussing your feedback to see how we can ensure a better process going forward. We appreciate your input and hope to have another chance to renew your confidence in us. Hotel Management 352-565-3536
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Laura G wrote a review Nov. 21
Panama City Beach, Florida12 contributions4 helpful votes
I checked in last night. Valet parking was good and the young man was pleasant. Our first night sleep was not good witht the air conditioning making rattling all night I called to ask if they could turn off since we could not make it stop and couldn't change the temperature to heat. The front desk said that they could turn it off remotely. I called twice and it was not turned off. so not good sleep becasue of noise and the blowing air was cold on a cold night! Today the engineer/reapir guys came to replace a part so when it reach the temperature it would stop and he fixed the rattling, we will see tonight. They said it could be turned off remotely but then we could not turned back on. That is not what front desk said. BTW the 2 reapir guys were friendly and very nice and acknowlegable in the part that needed to be replaced. They said that there has been a problem witht he air condtioning. You need an instruction book on how to use. On 2 webistes trip advisor and hotel.com says that they have maid service.When we left the maid cart was outside our room so I assumed there would be a service. When we arrived back in room today there was no maid service. NO restocking of coffee,towels etc.I call the front desk and she said you can request maid serivce after the 3rd day and she said that there is a business card in my key sleeve.She said I couldn't request maid until after the third day! I found the small business card, Which was so small I didn't see it in the sleeve by the key and no mentionof it at checkin. The card reads... Housekeeping is availabel upon request.Simply call front desk THIS IS DIFFERENCE FROM WHAT FRONT DESK JUST SAID.SHE SAID YOU WON'T GET MAID SERVICE TOMROOW EITHER AND YOU CAN'T REQUEST IT UNTIL AFTER 3RD DAY. It goes on to say Rooms are cleaned every four days or upon request for long stays. So....what is it. Simply call front desk to get maid service or only after four days?? The Hotel is centrally located and very Zen in nature. if you are looking for a comfy cozy room, you may do better at a marriott courtyard. The food and bar area was cleaned and we sat at the bar to eat. The food was good and the Bar attendant Marilyn was excellent in her service with a smile. I am hoping for a better night sleep tonight with the air conditioner/heat system. I dont like not getting maid service
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: REad about maid service
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Response from Hotel Management, General Manager at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for staying with us at the Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our excellent dining and helpful parking, though we regret that other details of your experience fell short of expectations. We understand that our updated guidelines have meant a change in the way some services are offered, including housekeeping, and we regret if the process and communication fell short of expectations. Our team will use your comments to be sure we're consistently providing the exceptional hospitality for which we're known. Please allow us a second chance to make a better impression.
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justin wrote a review Nov. 2
San Bernardino, California1 contribution
The hotel was very modern and clean. The staff was all excellent and very friendly. We got a room with 2 queen sized beds and were impressed with the size and space of the room. The room easily slept 3 people, and was so roomy, that we never felt like we were bumping into each other when getting ready.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Hotel is valet only. Check out the hotel bar, the cocktails are fantastic.
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Response from Hotel Management, General Manager at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida
Responded 3 weeks ago
What a delight to know that our generous, beautiful accommodations allowed you to stretch out and enjoy a pleasant stay! Thank you for taking a moment to share your five-star review of the Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida. Feedback like yours helps other travelers find us and enjoy memorable getaways and we hope your plans bring you back soon!
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Cynthia P wrote a review Oct. 2022
Fort Salonga, New York62 contributions23 helpful votes
I have now stayed at 3 properties visiting UF - This one, The AC Gainesville Downtown and the Hilton UF Conference Center - The Eleo is the most beautiful - The rooms are gorgeous - The best bathroom, best shower, best design - Most comfortable bed, Perfect lighting - Amazingly friendly staff. Even though you have to use the valet for your car, they are extremely attentive and make every effort to get it to you as quickly as possible. We stayed here to bring our Baby Gator to her dorm for Freshman year and the staff was so kind, enthusiastic and welcoming. Also - The restaurant is amazing - Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Oct. 21, 2022
Cynthia, we are truly overwhelmed by your fantastic feedback for the Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida! Our team works hard to offer beautiful, luxurious spaces, excellent dining, and unforgettable service, and your five-star rating is appreciated. Please think of us when visiting your daughter. We hope to welcome you back soon!
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Christophe P wrote a review Oct. 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida1 contribution
Be aware this hotel is Valet only. This is not disclosed anywhere when making a reservation, on the confirmation or on the hotel policy that simply states “Private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed)”. Yet, the Front Desk attendant kept repeating that “Valet only” is the hotel policy but she could not produce any written document stating that. She even went as far as threatening to cancel my reservation if I didn’t use Valet. Another woman who appeared to be a Maintenance/Security employee got involved. She didn’t want to state her position when asked. She was very rude, disrespectful, and just made the situation worse. I ended up parking in the hospital next door per the Valet runner’s recommendation. This was a better choice anyway, since I saw Valet was parking vehicles in a dirt lot across the street. The Front Desk attendant appeared to be a college student, with an attitude, not wearing a name tag, and clearly with no hospitality training. I requested to speak to a Manager. None were on site. The Front Desk attendant went to hide behind the front desk wall three times to call the Manager but refused to let me speak to him despite multiple requests. I had reserved a room with two queen beds. When arriving to our room, it was a king bed with a sofa bed which cost us another trip to the front desk to get the correct room. Restaurant hours posted on the hotel website are 7am to 10pm. When I went to the restaurant at 9:07pm, I was informed that the kitchen closes at 9pm. Last but not least, the hotel website FAQs indicates “All Staff are required to wear masks” yet no employees were wearing masks. Both my wife and I tested positive for Covid following our stay at the ELEO. While we cannot prove it came from the hotel, we have good reasons to believe it did. The hotel itself looks nice but a hotel is more than a building with rooms. Without trained staff following published policies, procedures, and hours of operations, the experience cannot be a good one. We will NOT be staying at ELEO again the next time we visit Gainesville.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Hotel Management, General Manager at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida
Responded Oct. 3, 2022
Christophe, it's disappointing to learn that you were unsatisfied with your recent stay here and we appreciate your candid feedback. We aim to be transparent on our website about all of our hotel policies, and we must sincerely apologize that our valet parking caught you by surprise. We will use your feedback to be sure that all pertinent information is being clearly displayed and conveyed to our guests, and to ensure that our team is consistently offering the warm, accommodating service for which we are known. Please know, our hotel currently follows the masking recommendations set by our area and will continue to adjust our safety protocols as needed. Thank you for your review and we hope for another opportunity to restore your trust.
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lckirkwood wrote a review Sep. 2022
Gainesville, Florida109 contributions72 helpful votes
This is most likely our favorite restaurant in gainesville. Thanks to UF leadership for this venue. The menu is wonderful and the preparation is awesome. The schnitzel is excellent. The short ribs are more than excellent. The waitstaff is attentive and great.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Hotel Management, General Manager at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida
Responded Sep. 10, 2022
At our beautiful Covey Kitchen + Cocktails restaurant, we work hard to offer our guests the unique opportunity to indulge in the authentic taste of Gainesville with locally-sourced Floridian fare and your feedback has made our day! Thank you for sharing your kind remarks and five-star rating. It was a pleasure serving you and we hope your plans bring you back soon to the Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida!
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mel1189 wrote a review Jul. 2022
Jacksonville, Florida11 contributions
Loved the modern style of this hotel - nice water view, great room layout and decor. TV facing the living room space and the bedroom space. Loved the modern shower as well. Just a couple of things, parking is valet only (it's complimentary) and they make it super easy but if you aren't a huge fan of someone else being in your car... there is no option to park elsewhere. No breakfast included. Also, the door to the next/adjoining room was unlocked when we arrived, so you may want to double check that. Could hear the guests in the adjoining room from time to time, but other than that the hotel was very quiet. Nice big windows with great blackout curtains, and good walking areas around the hotel.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Aug. 3, 2022
Thank you for staying with us at the Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida! We're so happy to know that our beautiful property impressed you and that you enjoyed a quiet, restful stay! Feedback like yours helps other travelers find us and enjoy memorable getaways. We'd love the chance to serve you again soon!
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771marlened wrote a review Jul. 2022
Port Saint Lucie, Florida3 contributions
Our stay was awesome and I would highly recommend this hotel! Cleanliness was a top priority and the staff did everything they could to make our stay very pleasant. We will definitely return to Eleo again when in the area.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded Aug. 2, 2022
We can't ask for a more wonderful description of the exceptional hospitality we strive to offer, Marlene, and your five-star review has certainly brightened our day! Thank you for allowing us to welcome you to the Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida. We're thrilled that our spotless spaces and excellent service pleased you. it would be our pleasure to welcome you back anytime!
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momdoc4 wrote a review Jun. 2022
Saint Simons Island, Georgia27 contributions12 helpful votes
We were in Gainesville for UF Preview and were not disappointed at all with our choice to stay here! The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. I love the complimentary valet and system of texting to retrieve your car. All very seamless. The room was very clean and very comfortable. I loved the layout and the huge windows of natural light. The bathroom was simply elegant with great products. And the Nepresso machine coffee made for a great start to my day. We will happily return!!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Hotel Management, General Manager at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida
Responded Jun. 7, 2022
How wonderful to hear that you chose the Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida for your special UF Preview weekend! We're delighted that our excellent service, helpful amenities, and well-appointed accommodations surpassed your expectations. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back soon for more relaxation and fun!
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Mary wrote a review Apr. 2022
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Cannot say enough good things about the Hotel Eleo. We stayed there 3 different times this year as my husband had 3 surgeries at Shand's. It was quiet, very comfortable and roomy. All the staff that I interacted with were extremely kind and helpful. I would definitely stay there again!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: We had rooms at the end of the hall away from elevators, very quiet.
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Responded Apr. 7, 2022
We're so happy that we could be a beautiful, relaxing, welcoming place for you to rest during your visits! Thank you for taking a moment to share your wonderful review and five-star rating for the Hotel Eleo At The University Of Florida. We'd love to welcome you back soon, but this time for a pleasant getaway!
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US$135 - US$189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United StatesFloridaGainesville
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida?
Conveniently located restaurants include ADAM'S RIB CO., La Tienda Latina, and Blue Gill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Eleo at The University of Florida?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Thomas Center (2.8 km).