Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites
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We had a good night's sleep in Gainesville and got an 8am start to continue our southward journey. We drove to Tampa and stopped to stick our toes in the water in Tampa Bay and then drove across the famous Sunshine-Skyway bridge. We had been under this bridge on our cruise in 2007 but the view was a lot different this time. We then ate authentic Cuban food at Jose's ...
I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE KASKADE AT HIS REDUX SHOW IN TAMPA AT THE KENNEDY. It's going to be so chill and amazing. And I love him. I'm really looking forward to hearing him play deep house that he doesn't usually play. It's only going to be like 100 of ...
... well, we probably shouldn't do that next time"- just time spent together- those are the memories. I guess it is weird that I am shortening the meat of the trip but I just feel like camping is repetitive. I think the interesting parts are what you learn each time and the things that stand out on that particular trip - so that is what I summarized below. Besides, the goods times are all shown in the pictures and let's be honest - pictures speak louder than words.
OMG. One of the best nights I've had in Gainesville was when Lisa and her UCF crew came up for gator stompin. Gator stompin night was okay but the night AFTER. OMG. So drunk. So awesome. So fun. Jacob got kicked out of cantina. They had their cinco de mayo tents up. Lisa and vibs took shots on the owners tab at shucks. Somji paid ...
... Park. We planned to take the scenic route on this chilly day, which took us about five hours with stops. Yelp came through again in the clutch as we stopped in Perry at Barclay’s Restaurant for some fried chicken, smoked bbq pork sandwich (the smoke ring was just under a ¼ inch), and chili cheese fries. Just a light lunch that was home cooking at it’s finest. Our total bill with tip was under $15 and we did not have any ...
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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.
Take it with a grain of salt...
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!!
Paramount is NOT what it used to be!
As a former resident of Gainesville I went to many functions at the now Paramount Resort including wedding, receptions, and a few other events.
It was always clean, nicely decorated, and full of plants. When I had to go to Gainesville for a medical appointment, the Paramount was suggested. I was excited to be able to stay in what I recalled to be an extremely nice hotel.
From the time I walked in the door I was seriously disappointed. The formerly lush decor was minimal and not done well. It looked as if wallpaper had been ripped down and pained over without preparing the walls. They had some awesome art work and great furniture but that didn't make up for the poor condition of the building itself. Out of every time I had to leave the interior of the building, with the exception of twice, the exterior doors card readers (not just one..I could understand one malfunctioning) would not work and prevented me from getting TO my room door. The worst time for it happen was when I was returning from a friends house at 1am, a female alone, left having to stand outside unprotected for at least 10 minutes (walking between two doors trying my card) until someone let me in! Yet the card reader for my room worked perfectly every time. A front desk clerk said that their new door card were "not very good".
The staff was always wonderful each time I had to call them regarding problems (4 times in less that 48 hours). Another issue that arose was not nearly enough parking for their guests as it was the weekend of the Orange and Blue game. While not the hotels fault, inconsiderate guests double parked causing some guest to park right in the middle of the driveways.
I was just not happy with my overall expereince..I could have had a much better room at a much better rate...even with the medical discount I got.
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!!!!!!!!!!