Hotels near University of Florida
Replies: 21 - Last Post: May 16, 2013 12:28 PM Last Post By: 1derlust
Apr 9, 2013 12:10 PM
Apr 9, 2013 12:39 PM
Apr 9, 2013 1:51 PM
2You say you're going to Tampa, but ask about lodging near the University of Florida, which is in Gainesville, roughly 130 miles away.
Do you need lodging in Tampa or Gainesville?
Apr 10, 2013 1:13 PM
Apr 10, 2013 1:20 PM
Apr 10, 2013 2:20 PM
Apr 10, 2013 2:43 PM
6It's a branch of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (note: it's NOT University of SOUTH Florida). And yes, it's located in Wimauma.
If you click on the following link, you'll see the closest hotels. As you will see, you need a car, so hopefully you are renting one.
And here's the page of the center that lists recommended hotels: http://gcrec.ifas.ufl.edu/balmmapanddirections07.htm
Apr 10, 2013 3:13 PM
Apr 10, 2013 6:03 PM
8Not really. The closest hotel/motel is about 9 miles away. This is in the middle of nowhere in the suburbs. Driving is necessary. You can try to look at Airbnb.com and see if there is anything nearby. I doubt there is anything within walking distance, and even then, you'll be isolated from everything else (food, any type of activities etc). Suburbs in the US, especially in Florida, are not set up for getting around without a vehicle.
Apr 10, 2013 7:42 PM
Apr 10, 2013 9:17 PM
10What town? Downtown Tampa? That's 25 miles away (or 40 km). You seem to be underestimating how spread out and inaccessible suburbs are in the US without a car. No, there are no trains for the area you need and no buses that go that far (and as far as I can tell no public buses that service the area you're going to). Sure, you can take a taxi. It will probably cost around $100-130 one way, estimating conservatively.
Your best bet at this point is to post on TripAdvisor's Tampa forum and hope that a local can point you in the right direction (if there are any alternatives to renting a car, which I doubt). This forum covers the entire US. TripAdvisor's is broken out by city, so you are more likely to find someone there from that specific area who knows it well and may have some ideas.
Apr 11, 2013 11:33 AM
Apr 11, 2013 2:44 PM
12Wow, is that place nowhere.
The school's website has a listing of nearby hotel options.
Apr 11, 2013 7:54 PM
Apr 12, 2013 9:32 AM
14Well taking into account all your tips I have finally decided to stay in the center of town and hire a car with a driver. I'm looking at 4 hotels - the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District / Ramada Inn Tampa / Hampton Inn Tampa / Ybor City/Downtown / Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa East.
Any suggestions on which is better?
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