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... we had a time change and gained an hour. We arrived like at 3:30, got set up and got my crabmeat appetizers ready for the meet and greet. Everyone seemed nice, some people had been coming for 7 years. A chilly night, I showered in the RV. Pooped and in bed at 10:30, that's early for me!
We half-heartedly departed Sarasota, a little sad to leave our all-inclusive set up, full bathroom and kitchen access, and most importantly, my Dad! Not surprisingly, I was a bit teary eyed as I glanced back one last time to see my Dad waving from the driveway on Tarpon Ave! But as Erik said, the adventure had to continue of course! Our next stop was Paynes Prairie State Park, which came highly recommended by other campers at a previous stop. ...
... dirty and stinking hot.
Eventually our fellow campers arrived. One by one we ended up having the Roper's (4 people), Simeons (3 people), Davis' (5 people), Elliotts' (4 people), Hale's (2 People), Johnson/Williams' (2 people), all four of us and four American ring-in's (the neighbours of the Simeion's). The Aussie's had taken over of Turkey Roost and with our flags proudly on display were warding of other interested campers from camping near us ...
... spots and olympic liftplatforms. After a nice training where i noticed ive gotten a little weaker since leaving for america i went for a post workout at.... Mac donalds! After my terrible meal i walked the 50 minutes way back to the house. On the way back, i was very happy to walk on the campus with all these young students all wearing their university football team shirts, sweaters and stuff. i could almost ...
Astor - Gainesville I woke up feeling quite fit, and i even felt better after eating the as promised by Ron the republican host steeled oats. They were absolutely delicious! Me and Ron created the cycle route to gainesville, that actually was 80 miles/130 km long. Ron decided to cycle the first 20 miles along with me. He showed me his awesome garage that was practically a bike store from itself. There were like 10 race and tour bycicles, ...
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!!!!!!!!!!