Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites
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I woke up at 6:30 a.m and went to the uni campus with Vijaj, my host. Today i decided to take a day off and do some wondering around and do a gym session. 7.30 a.m, I think ive never been this early in the morning to a gym actually. I was astonished when i stepped into the gym. It was a treaking paradise! It was so huge! Probably one of americas and world biggest gyms. It had around 20 barbells, 8 squat racks, ...
... my time with this great inspirationial kind man was over. The. Trip went pretty great untill i was near this little place called hawthorne. My navigation told me to take a left that i wished i would have never taken. It turned out to be a sand road that was so slippery that u almost crashed a couple oftimes. It turned out to be a nightmare, i had to walk a part because it was too sandy. The sun was burning, and i refused to turn back. ...
Summer 2013 was my last semester of course work! Didnt spend much of the summer in Gainesville. Was fortunate enough to be able to travel a bit during the summer, so most of the pics are from that. I will kinda sorta little bit maybe not likely possibly miss certain aspects of Gainesville. Honestly, it was a great two years of growth. Now off to the big move. Looking forward to the new adventure!
Welp, the time has come! Coursework is finished, place is all packed away, car is busting at the seams with all of my stuff. Its time to begin the grand ole journey back home to Michigan and then to fly out of Detroit August 20 to my new home in Rome! I just bought a place right downtown in Trastevere. It looks right over the ...
... by bouts of total sunshine. Great experience driving with people who put their flashers on while still driving so you cant see their brake lights. To break some of the monotony, we watched a movie that was so bad, Alex fell asleep.
Well we finally made it to Laran's new apartment and were greeted by a very happy and talkative Blake. Laran made us an awesome home cooked stir fry that was delicious.
After one last inflation of the air mattresses the night was ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites Gainesville
Two abysmal nights
My family and I chose this hotel based off of its Triple A three star rating. From the foul smelling halls to the dilapidated elavator and musty room. This hotel is a far cry from three stars. Don't waste your money
We had a lakeview room, which was a "plus".... but everything else was a disappointment. The decor in the hotel is horrible (very industrial...motel doors, no artwork... feels like the halls of a hospital or prison!), the housekeeping is poor, and the place in not inexpensive by comparison. I would not consider this a three-star hotel.. at all.
Perfect is the word!
From beginning to end, The Paramount Resort and Conference Center in Gainesville provided exceptional service for my daughter's wedding reception, held May 8, 2004. The food, the service, the table setups, simply everything, was 100% perfect. Each and every guest had nothing but wonderful, positive comments about The Paramount. I would highly recommend The Paramount and its staff for any upcoming special event you may be planning. You will be in store for a special treat!
I have stayed at The Paramount several times since October 2003 because of medical appointments at Shands. The first time I was somewhat disappointed because of stale cigarette odor in what was supposed to be a non-smoking room. Since then I have been more than happy with my accomodations and the kindness and courtesy of the staff. They provide van service to the medical center, which is a great convenience when keeping appointments for tests and surgery. I will continue to stay there as needed--it has become almost like coming home. The food in the restuarant is very good although the menu doesn't vary-so after a few visits it becomes monotonus(at least to my limited preferences).
I saw a mix of reviews and did not know what to think, but would like to leave my opinion to help people out. I stayed at this hotel in May 2004 and was very pleasantly surprised. This hotel had great rates and was well worth the price. The hotel overlooks a beautiful lake. The rooms all have private balconies where you sit on the patio and watch the nature life. There are alligators in the lake. It was really neat. Our room had a pillowtop mattress which was sensational. There were down feathered pillows which were very comfortable too. Our room was very clean and the hotel was well kept. The landscaping was gorgeous. The only problem was that it rained the whole weekend we were there, but that was not the hotel's fault. I would recommend this place to anyone.
In the past, I have read reviews from other travelers and based my travel plans on those recommendations...And while I won't say I have completely given up the practice, I will take them with a grain of salt...I picked the Paramount Resort and Conference Center based on the reviews I read on this website and believe me, I have had great success using this method in the past. But this time, I could not have been more disappointed! This place is an absolute dump!! From the moment I got there, it was awful. I was in Gainesville for an interview at the University of Florida, my flight was an hour late arriving and when I got to the hotel to ask for assistance - the front desk clerk asked the driver to take me to the meeting, to which he refused because he felt he didn't have enough time to do it! I finally left them arguing at the front desk and decided to try to navigate my own way - I ended up being a half hour late. When I finally returned for the evening, the hallways smelled of mold, the outside security doors on the sides of the hotels were malfunctioning and my room floor had several large brown spots. To top it off, I tried to use the business center computer to map out directions for another meeting but was told because they have no time policy on the computers, I had to wait until a child felt he was done playing computer games until I could use it. Not sure how video games take precedence over business in the business center but guess it was par for the course. Needless to say, I will NEVER stay there again or recommend this hotel to anyone!!
As a former resident of Gainesville I went to many functions at the now Paramount Resort including wedding, receptions, and a few other events.
The Swamp hotel
The hotel is okay, however the hotel is by a lake with Gators too close near the hotel. The veiw in the morning is great, but my room smells like the swamp from previous smokers. The hotel does not look and smell like a new resort, but a old hotel.
My stay at the Paramount was great, the staff was so helpful, especially thier Bell Staff, they were very knowledgeable, strong and handsom. I recommend this hotel to anyone coming to Gainesville for Shands or U of F!
Hey I stayed at Sheraton in Gainesville Florida in June 2003 for 3 days 2 nights. I really liked it. The beds were comfortable. The only problem was that there was a tree with mockingbirds in it and if you went near it they would probably have attacked you because they were nursing or something. Excellent hotel! Had a great time in Gainesville!!!!!!!!!!