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Gator Town Inn

3820 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608-3510
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#22 of 56 hotels in Gainesville
We are newly remodeled and finished our remodel late 2016. We now have new bed, new bedspreads, new carpets, new exterior, and new interiors. We still have our sparkling clean pool, and plenty of parking. We accommodate students, parents, truckers and travelers of all kinds, though, we are sorry we do not accept pets. We are conveniently located close to the Football stadium of the University of Florida, Shands Hospital, the VA Hospital, Gainesville Airport, and Gainesville Racetrack (home of GatorNational).
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Outdoor pool
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Vernon B wrote a review Apr. 2021
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This us NOT a 3 Star hotel. Multiple problems with two rooms as listed below Rm 109: a. Room clock not set correctly (sign of unprofessionalism) b. Very Strong musty, damp carpet smell c. Broken glass found on floor between the beds (see image) d. Flip-flops caught in edge of floor board coming up, almost tripped. Floor boards not secured to floor (see image) e. Sink drains very slow, water backs up f. Non-Smoking room but could still faintly smell cigarette smoke Rm 111: a. Small Bottle of shampoo supplied by hotel had been used already b. Floor boards as above c. Overpowering, hit in face recoil, smell of spray disinfectant or cleaner suggested trying to hide something d. Floor not swept, sandy e. One bath towel was badly worn with one spot about the size of an apple down to a few threads across a hole f. Hot water was only luke warm at fully on HOT g. Toilet seat loose on toilet
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Date of stay: April 2021
Trip type: Travelled on business
Response from Salima Myrfield, Other at Gator Town Inn
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi vernonb971, Thank you for your comments regarding your stay at the Gator Town Inn. We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit with us. We strive for outstanding customer service and clean rooms and the conditions of your room are not to our usual standards. We will be using your comments to ensure improvements are made to our daily housekeeping operations. We hope you give us another chance in the future.
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Scuba-Obsession wrote a review Feb. 2021
Melbourne, Florida527 contributions105 helpful votes
I spent two nights at the Gator Town in for a metal detecting event. I was very pleased with the comfort and cleanliness of the room. It's a small locally owned place, and if all you need is a bed and a shower... this is the place.
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Date of stay: February 2021
1 Helpful vote
Response from Salima Myrfield, Other at Gator Town Inn
Responded Feb. 26, 2021
Hi Scuba-Obsession, Thank you for taking the time to share the details of your recent visit to the Gator Town Inn. We strive to provide a full-value experience for all of our guests and are delighted to hear we succeeded! We would love to see you again in the future so we can provide you with another fantastic stay at our hotel!
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Bob19512014 wrote a review Jan. 2020
Gulfport, Florida10505 contributions656 helpful votes
We were in the area to see three different state parks. They were all less than 30 minutes from the motel. We were in a newly remodeled room. It was fantastic for our simple needs. Plenty of lighting and electric sockets. Price could have been better during the middle of the week, but all in all it was a great place to stay.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Room Tip: If you have a first floor room, you can park right outside it.
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Response from SalimaM82, Guest Relations Manager at Gator Town Inn
Responded Jan. 9, 2020
Hi Bob19512014, Thank you for your rating and review of the Gator Town Inn. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed the location and you were able to visit so many parks! We hope you return on your next visit to the area!
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Mazzer72 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Bournemouth142 contributions108 helpful votes
Staff were very good, after having a small issue with Expedia, who I booked with. But the guy sorted it out without any issues. I though the price paid was good, nice up to date motel room. Clean and smelled very nice. Large TV, fridge, microwave etc. What more would you want. A light free breakfast included, bagel, toast, coffee and juice. If you want more I hop just over the street.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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2 Helpful votes
Response from SalimaM82, Guest Relations Manager at Gator Town Inn
Responded Dec. 8, 2019
Hi Mazzer72, Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are so pleased to know that you enjoyed the space and the staff. We do appreciate your choosing the Gator Town Inn for your visit and hope you will stay with us again. Thank you!
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BSchauerte wrote a review Nov. 2019
Clearwater, Florida6 contributions6 helpful votes
Liked · Room & Carpet satisfactorily passed my blacklight test for cleanliness. Well cleaned sheets and towels were obviously supplied by a very good vendor. A wide selection of TV channels, plus HBO. Very noisy apartment-sized refrigerator/freezer is a nice touch. Noise from other occupants was minimal (good). Dislikes · Blacklight revealed heavy soap scum on shower walls and white soap-dish; this is hard to see without a portable blacklight. Rooms are in need of a deep cleaning; but I doubt the management couple knows what it is (as I questioned them on housekeeping). Every room gets only TWO BATH TOWELS (assuming max. occupancy = 2). Operations appear to be contracted, so the live-in management only rents rooms without further involvement. There is no soap-dish at the rimless, square sink, which is also mounted way too high for wheeled chairs (39" to rim); brushing teeth would be very difficult. . Fast hot water (in room #106), but water pressure is poor. ALL ROOMS are SMALL, and have a view of the parking lot through a 2 foot wide vertical widow impractically located in the corner instead of next to the entry. No security hasp on entrance door. The 2 foot wide blackout curtain allowed bright lights outside to bounce off the wall mirror, right TO THE BED! The "CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST" [see photo] is the POOREST I've ever seen == Water, machined apple or orange juice, coffee, and "Uncle Wally's" snacks in plastic bags as would be found in vending machines; NO fruit, milk, or anything FRESH; NO TABLES or even paper plates; you have to juggle all you can carry and try to open the office door so you can eat from the wrapper in your room which has ONE chair .... After breakfast hours they just have to pull a tattered folding screen to cover, and their cleanup is done. Today's "management" hardly works for a living. OVERALL --- This Inn is GROSSLY OVERPRICED in relation to others in the area. The more I think about it, the more I don't like it, and will NOT return.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Good Housekeeping, but bring your own cleansers to be sure
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Response from SalimaM82, Guest Relations Manager at Gator Town Inn
Responded Nov. 24, 2019
Hi BSchauerte, Thank you for your comments and review. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay at the Gator Town Inn. Your satisfaction is important to us and we will be using the feedback you provided to make improvements to ensure we offer an exceptional experience for our guests in the future. We hope that you will consider staying with us again so that we can have another chance to provide you with a superior experience. Thank you.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gator Town Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Gator Town Inn?
Nearby attractions include Butterfly Rainforest (3.5 km), Sweetwater Wetlands Park (1.7 km), and Florida Museum of Natural History (3.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gator Town Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Gator Town Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Gator Town Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gator Town Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blaze Pizza, Embers Wood Grill, and Bangkok Square.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gator Town Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Gator Town Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Thomas Center (4.7 km) and Artisans' Guild Gallery (4.2 km).
Is Gator Town Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.