GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Hilton Hotels Corp. held the grand opening of
the 248-room University of Florida Hotel & Conference Center
The hotel, owned by Mass Mutual-Cornerstone Advisors and
operated by DT Management, a subsidiary of Hilton, has two
adjoining seven-story towers.
The hotel provides concierge and bellman services; express
check-in and checkout; a business center, and a gift shop.
A courtesy shuttle also operates to Gainesville Airport, the
University of Florida campus and other points of interest.
The conference center specializes in small to midsize meetings,
training sessions, educational think tanks and conferences.
The 25,000-square-foot center features 13 meeting rooms, a
7,000-square-foot ballroom, spacious pre-function areas and the
capacity to serve up to 700 people.
Managed by Harrison Conference Centers, a division of Hilton,
the conference center has the latest technology for meetings, such
as a direct fiber-optic link to the University of Florida GatorLink
Standard guest rooms have a sitting area with a plush easy chair
and ottoman, a hair dryer, a coffeemaker, an iron and ironing
In-room entertainment and information services include on-demand
movies, cable TV, wireless cable Internet access and interactive
Business-oriented features of the guest rooms include high-speed
Internet access, a spacious work desk with armchair, a two-line
telephone, speakerphone capabilities, dataports, voice mail and a
A grand opening rate of $89 per night, single or double, is in
effect through Aug. 31. The rack rate is $139, and during special
events it increases to $199.
Rates range from $189 for the hospitality suite to $299 for the
Recreational facilities consist of a fitness center, an outdoor
pool and a whirl-pool.
Golf and tennis facilities are nearby.
The hotel's fine dining room is Albert's, offering American and
Wende Blumberg, formerly director of sales and marketing for the
Xerox Training Center in Leesburg, Va., is general manager of the
hotel, which is located about 10 miles from the airport and
adjacent to the University of Florida.
Karl Kaufmann, director of sales and marketing, most recently
held a similar post at the Holiday Inn West, Gainesville.
The University of Florida Hotel & Conference Center
Phone: (352) 371-3600
Fax: (352) 371-0306
Phone: (800) 222-8733
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