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Econo Lodge University

1.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is obviously rundown with scuffs everywhere and marks on the walls but it is relatively clean. There were some hairs in the shower. The sink in my room dripped constantly throughout my two night stay. The room comes with a microwave and refrigerator. The room was relatively quiet and the blackout shades worked very well. The sleep quality was decent. My room phone didn't work. The wifi worked but wasn't very fast. The breakfast was minimal but had some bagels, pastries, and cereal, with orange juice and coffee--not great but better than nothing. Overall, it was perfectly fine for what I needed it for and was the least expensive hotel in the area.

This is the most inexpensive motel close to the dental school. The room was clean and included a micro wave oven and a small refrigerator. The place was quiet and easy to get to. The breakfast was minimal with just juice, coffee and pastries.

If you're in need of a clean, comfy room with a shower, for $65 a night, this is it. So many here gave it poor reviews for whatever reason, I can't understand. If you pay $65 a night for a motel, you would be going into this knowing it isn't the Hyatt. It's a basic motel room. When we were gone for the day, housekeeping came in and made the beds, emptied the trash, and did a general straightening up. I wasn't expecting that. So kudos to them.

From the outside, this hotel looks so inviting for its small size and location, as it is very close to a brand new Home2 Suites by Hilton, so you know you are in a good area, but the rooms themselves do need some attention and updating; even for an economy brand they need to at least provide fresh looking rooms with impeccable housekeeping, so depending what you are expecting you either get what you pay for or you get something less than you expected, but plenty of potential to make this location a better one.

Seemed ok. Drove around the corner and someone had a note on a room downstairs. Sketchy. We were upstairs. Room was ok. Problems with toilet. No plunger. Qent to front desk. The gal had no idea what to do for us. Walked around hotel to find a plunger. She said, I don't know how to work this. We took it upstairs and fixed the problem. No way should you stay here.

We must've been put in one of the unrenovated rooms. It smelled, there was mold, cracks and stains in tub and sink. We couldn't stay. It was disgusting! If this app allowed a 0 star rating that's what it would get...

We booked two rooms for four of us working out of town for five nights. First of all - the good things - Crazy low price, good water pressure, very hot water. Now for the bad - where to start? When we checked in, we were given keys to an occupied room. Thank god no one was there, but all of there stuff was. They gave us another room and didn't act like it was even an issue. The cleaning staff turns off the AC in the rooms every day (we're guessing to save electricity?). It's August in Florida, so the rooms are very hot/humid when you return and the old AC units take forever to cool it down. Our shower head was broken (room 213) and the water came out like a fire hose. We asked over 8 times to have it replaced and it never was. Towels and wash cloths all of odd stains even when we asked for "clean" ones. The "breakfast" is a joke compared to other hotels of similar cost. Believe it or not, but a hooker met a John at this hotel while we were there and robbed him. Not joking - it was all over the news and in the newspaper - just look it up. Again - you get what you pay for and we understand that, but we were disappointed.

I don't have high expectations for an EconoLodge but I feel like this particular hotel was definitely a step above others of its kind. I was very impressed with this hotel, it was updated, clean and very comfortable.

Value hotel and you get what you pay for. The hotel is a little dated and is far from the campus. Not really many restaurants nearby as it is on the outskirts of the university. If you don't mind a standard low cost place this place isn't horrible.

We were on our way to Jupiter for Spring Training and mistakenly did not book a hotel for the trip down. We had a horrible time finding a vacancy from Valdosta Georgia to Gainesville Florida. What can I say, it was either stay here or sleep in a rest stop which I refuse to do. First of all this hotel allows smoking and the room was horrible with smoke smell. We heard people outside partying and cars driving through the lot most of the night. I'm pretty sure this is the sort of hotel people live in. Our first clue was the person on the 2nd floor hanging over the rail when they saw us pull up to park. My husband and I were both afraid to go to sleep and considered just leaving. We may have gotten 3 hrs sleep, and got the hell out of there at 5:30AM. We didn't even want to shower in this place. SERIOUSLY THE WORST HOTEL I'VE EVER STAYED AT. NIGHTMARE! We didn't stay for the free breakfast, can't imagine what it would have been like.

2649 Sw 13th St Gainesville FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • 24-hour front desk

University of Florida is within 2 miles (3 km) of Econo Lodge University while other popular attractions such as Florida Museum of Natural History are within 3 miles (5 km). This 53-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Shands at the University of Florida and Bivens Arm Nature Park are also near this Gainesville hotel.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast.


All 53 air-conditioned rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and cable TV. Desks and free toiletries are other standard amenities.

Property features

At Econo Lodge University, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and free newspapers. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. Front-desk staff are standing by 24/7 to assist with any requests.

Room options

Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

47.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 39 reviews