gainesville college visit trip... HELP!

Jan 24th, 2004, 09:34 AM
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gainesville college visit trip... HELP!

looking at U of FL for our son in february. have marriott rewards and have booked RESIDENCE INN in town because it has 2 BRs with full kitchen.
I am reading that it is located in BAD part of town. hookers/etc. is this true? husband not accompanying me. taking football player/wrestler son, 9th grade daughter and friend of son's. should I instead stay at COURTYARD, the other marriott property in town?

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Jan 24th, 2004, 10:06 AM
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As a Gator, I congratulate your son on his choice of school. Residence Inn is on SW 13th st(also called 441) a few miles south of campus.This is an older sectionof town(though the Res Inn looks modern from the outside). There are numerous motels, restaurants and apartments in this area. There are also some bars and x-rated stores and I have read about prostitutes being in the area(and the city wanting to clean it up) but have not personally ever experienced seeing any on the street (and I am up there every fall for football games). I have stayed in that area and felt safe.If you have a car and drive most places, I would think you will be ok.
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Jan 24th, 2004, 11:18 AM
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I don't know if you can afford it but I'd recommend this place:

The prostitutes seem to move around the town from time to time. Who knows where they are now.

I like the section of town where the Paramount Resort is located because it is convenient and nice. It is located at 2900 SW 13th Street. I think as long as you go with a major chain in this area you'll be fine.

Sorry I can't offer more advice on the Marriot properties.
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We stay at The Baymont, as it is convenient and very quiet. There rooms have a sitting area with a hidabed sofa. They have microwaves and refrigartors in the rooms also.
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Jan 26th, 2004, 06:39 AM
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We have stayed numerous times at the Residence Inn and have never had any problems with the neighborhood or anything. The two bedroom suite has a loft bedroom upstairs and a huge bathroom. I've heard the complex was originally designed as a condominium, thus explaining the unusually large rooms. They also do a very good (free) hot breakfast every morning. I would recommend it. Another favorite of ours is the Hampton Inn off the interstate and Archer Road. It has very nice one-bedroom suites.
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Jul 3rd, 2007, 07:02 AM
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As long as you stay on the SouthWest side of Gainesville for hotel visits, you'll be fine.

More importantly, get your son here in the summer to get acclimated. It's a big move and hard to start college at the same time. I recommend that he find an apartment to sublease, where he can be with other college kids, close to UF. This place has subleases walking distance to UF classes, in apartments and is one of the better ones in gainesville:
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Another lodging option is the Cabot Lodge <> which is also SW of the campus. Great amenities too!
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Jul 6th, 2007, 05:24 AM
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This is a 3.5 year old thread. With luck, he's close to graduating by now.
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