The AC Hotel in Downtown Gainesville- Luxury in a College Town

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On October - 23 - 2018

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

‘Tis the season for Gator Growl, parents’ weekend and college tours and the AC Hotel has got brand new luxe digs to accommodate you, regardless of why you’re visiting. Just steps from the University of Florida campus and less than a Heisman’s throw from The Swamp, the new AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown is ideal for business and leisure travelers alike.

Each of its 144 European-inspired rooms feature minimalist chic décor, rainfall showers and essential tech gadgets. The 10-story hotel, one of the tallest buildings in Gainesville, features a glass-enclosed fitness center, three meetings rooms, a rooftop pool with lounge chairs and a fire pit, and a signature AC Bar where expert mixologists serve up everything from Spanish tapas and local brews to smoked cocktails. After selecting any signature drink like the “Swamp Fog” or “Devil’s Den,” which are named after iconic UF and Gainesville locations, you can opt to have the bartender smoke it with nine varieties of flavored-infused wood chips. Upping the level of sophistication in the quintessential college town, the AC Hotel is paving the way towards a mini hotel boom, and already grabbing the attention of celebrities and famous UF alumni such as Jesse Palmer and Ryan Lochte. The AC Hotel Gainesville has brought comfort and luxury to this already awesome college town.


Nearby eats:

The Swamp:

Named after the University of Florida’s iconic football stadium, The Swamp Restaurant in the heart of Midtown is the quintessential tailgating spot for college fans to grab a bite before kickoff. This Gainesville gameday staple is celebrated for its nachos, wings, gator bites and UF football spirit.

An Essential Day Trip

The Canyons:

Perfect for adrenaline-junkies, The Canyons Zip-Line and Canopy Tours take guests high above the Ocala treetops. During the 2.5 hour Canopy Tour, adventure-lovers traverse nine of Florida’s longest and fastest zip lines, cross two rope bridges, and end with a thrilling rappel. For those who prefer staying closer to the ground, horseback riding and kayaking are also available.

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