AC Hotel by Marriott Gainesville Downtown (Hotel & Room Tour)

The AC Hotel by Marriott Gainesville Downtown is an is a modern hotel located immediately adjacent to the University of Florida, making it a convenient lodging option for those visiting the campus or attending university events.

The contemporary design is a highlight for those seeking a boutique hotel experience in the Gainesville area. It’s situated in a vibrant part of town known as Midtown Gainesville, which is part of a new development area, providing guests with a lively local atmosphere to enjoy during their stay. Additionally, the hotel is situated within walking distance to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Football) and the O’Connell Center (Basketball) on the campus of the University of Florida.

Hotel features include a rooftop outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center, meeting space and an on-site lounge. The hotel also has valet parking and offers an English style breakfast buffet.

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AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hotel rates at the AC Hotel Gainesville?

The AC Hotel Gainesville is a moderately priced hotel. Depending on the time of year, hotel rates typically range from around $150 per night to more than $350 per night (for football game weekends, University of Florida graduation and other event nights).

How close is the AC Hotel Gainesville to the University of Florida?

The AC Hotel Gainesville is located just across the street from the University of Florida on the northwest corner of University Avenue and SW 13th Street.

Is there a Resort Fee or Parking Charge at the AC Hotel Gainesville?

As of the fall 2023, there are no resort fees but valet parking costs $30.00 per night.  Self parking is not available but guests can utilize street parking.

Is there a nice pool at the AC Hotel Gainesville?

The AC Hotel Gainesville has a small rooftop pool that has great views of the University of Florida. .

What are the food & beverage options at the hotel?

The AC Hotel Kitchen – Lounge is open for breakfast and dinner service with the lounge typically opening at 5:PM daily for cocktails and lite bites. There is also a lobby marketplace and several additional dining options in the immediate area. 

What is the pet policy at the hotel?

The AC Hotel Gainesville allows two dogs per room (75 pound maximum weight) with $50 per room per night non-refundable fee.

The Location of the AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown

The AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown has one of the most convenient locations near the University of Florida, just a 15 minute walk to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.  The hotel is also close to UF Health Shands Hospital and downtown Gainesville.

AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown

151 NW 14 Street

Gainesville, Florida  32603


The nearest airport is the Jacksonville International Airport which is located approximately 90 minutes northeast of the hotel.  The Orlando International Airport is also located approximately two hours to the south of the AC Hotel.

There are several restaurants and retail venues within a very short distance to the hotel which include The Swamp, Raising Cane and many more. Other local destinations are short distance to the hotel.  

  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
  • University of Florida Welcome Center
  • Downtown Gainesville
  • UF Health Shands Hospital

Hotels Amenities

At just 144-rooms in size, the AC Hotel Gainesville a is not a major resort hotels in the area outside of the University of Florida so it does not have all the features & amenities of the larger resort properties that are along the Florida beaches or near the Orlando area theme parks.  However, it’s amenities are considered to be adequate for this price point.

Outdoor Swimming Pool

The hotel features an roof top, outdoor swimming pool that features ample patio seating surrounding the pool. 

Fitness Center

The AC Hotel features a small fitness center with cardiovascular machines as well as strength training equipment. The fitness center is has great views of the University of Florida.

AC Hotel Kitchen-Lounge

The AC Hotel Gainesville features a lobby area Kitchen-Lounge that offers breakfast as well as lite bites starting at 5:00 PM.

Click here to see the menu at the Kitchen – Lounge.

The Rooms and Hotel Rates

At 144-rooms, the AC Hotel is considered one of the mid-sized hotel in this area. In-room amenities include flat panel televisions, a mini refrigerator, a coffee maker, iron / ironing board, in-room safe and a hair dryer.

Room Types

  • One Bedroom Suite with One King Bed: 353 to 564 square feet in size and includes one King sized bed.
  • One Bedroom Suite with Two Queen Beds: 411 to 564 square foot room which includes two Queen sized beds.
  • One Bedroom Two Room Suite: 564 to 735 square foot room suite which includes one King sized bed and a separate living area and pullout sofa sleeper. 

The hotel rates shown below are the best available rate for different dates during the year for two adults in both room traditional guest room types.  Theses were obtained from the hotel web site at the time of publication.

Rates for 2024   1/15/24 4/15/24 7/15/24
1 BR Suite – King   $179.00 $209.00 $199.00
1 BR Suite – 2 Queen   $199.00 $209.00 $199.00

There are no resort fees but parking costs $30 per night.

What We Liked about the AC Hotel:

There are several things to like at this hotel.  

  • Great location near the University of Florida and local area restaurants.
  • Newer hotel with a “chic vibe”.
  • High quality service by the hotel staff.

What We Didn’t Like about the AC Hotel:

There were a few things not to like when staying at the this hotel which include:

  • Strong musty odor in the fitness center.
  • Expensive parking (valet only) of $30 per night.
  • High amount of traffic along University Avenue.

What We Think the AC Hotel is Perfect For:

  • Guests visiting the University of Florida for sporting events, college tours and other related 
  • Guests looking for a mid-level service hotel that is within walking distance to the University

Jerry Joyce

Jerry Joyce has been a Florida resident since 1988 and has lived in a variety of places in the South Florida area. Jerry is an avid boater & water sports enthusiast, beach aficionado, a lover of great food, muscle car fan and a theme park annual passholder for many years. Some of his favorite places in Florida include the Florida Keys, Walt Disney World, Cedar Key, the Loxahatchee River, St. Augustine and Ten Thousand islands.

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