Best Western Gateway Grand

4200 NW 97th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606-3742
Phone: 352/331-3336   |   Fax: 352/331-3337   |   152 Rooms
Check Out Time: 12:00 PM   |   Check In: 4:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, the exceptional Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville, FL offers the best of both worlds. A convenient location close to the excitement of Gainesville's best attractions with premier lodging and amenities, as well as a full-service conference center.

Centrally located in Gainesville, Florida, guests of the Best Western Gateway Grand will be minutes from the best attractions of the city. Spend an afternoon exploring High Springs or Ichetucknee State Park, seeing a show at the Hippodrome State Theatre, checking out the Florida Museum of Natural History or discovering Downtown Gainesville Historic District or Paynes Prairie State Park, the choice is yours. As one of the closer hotels near Gator Nationals, visiting sports fans can cheer for their favorite teams at nearby University of Florida, the NHRA Track or with Champion Park of Newberry.

Guests will feel right at home at the Best Western Gateway Grand with spacious accommodations featuring cable satellite television with HBO®, high-speed internet access and more. Wake up each morning to a complimentary continental breakfast, take a swim in our outdoor swimming pool, get your heart racing at our fitness center or relax and unwind in the hot tub after a day of exploring Gainesville. This hotel near Gainesville NHRA raceway also features the Gators Den Sports Grill with wide screen and tableside TV’s.

Business guests staying at the Best Western Gateway Grand will enjoy a full business center, meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 people and a close proximity to local corporations, including FHSAA, Exactech®, Nanotherapeutics, Progress Corporate Park, University of Florida and Sabine. Guests visiting students at the University of Florida, located just eight miles away will also love staying at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.

Book your stay at the Best Western Gateway Grand today. Enjoy your stay.

 

Hotel Amenities & Services

  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Complimentary continental breakfast, choice of breads, cereal, fruit, eggs, yogurt, juice, coffee, and hot items
  • Cocktail lounge, Gators Den Sports Grill
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Outdoor pool
  • Exercise facility 24-hour
  • Massage services Massage and Skin Care Studio
  • Gift shop or newsstand Complimentary Daily USA Today Newspaper
  • Jacuzzi®
  • Multilingual staff (English, Spanish, French)
  • Business center two desktop systems with printing capability
  • Safe deposit box
  • Elevator, wheelchair accessible
  • Ice/vending machines
  • Airport car
  • Truck/RV parking
  • Parking for the physically challenged
  • Free parking truck parking available
  • Meeting facilities
  • Conference services
  • Ballroom
  • Banquet facilities
  • Fax services
  • Photocopy services
  • Catering
  • Universal gym Nautilus Workout Machine
  • Stair stepper one elliptical machine
  • Stationary bike one available
  • Treadmill two available, Sole Treadmill with multi purpose functions
  • Inter corridor
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundromat Coin Washer and Dryer Machines available
  • Free wireless internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless internet access; Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms; All guest rooms are hardwired and offer free wireless internet access
  • Computer rental
  • Fax machine
  • Computer available
  • Computer modem hookups
  • Photocopy machine
  • Conference services
  • Dataports
  • Shipping
  • Video conferencing
  • Mail services
  • Wedding services On site wedding facility
  • Equipment rental
  • Air-conditioning
  • Higher rates may apply for holidays/special events
  • High-speed wireless internet access
  • Alarm system
  • Additional ADA amenities available
  • Meeting planner
  • Recreational field - Soccer, archery, softball and baseball
  • Pet friendly hotel with dog walk and dog stations

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Longitude: 29.692115  /  Latitude: -82.451725

 

Driving Directions to Hotel

 

From: North Off Interstate 75 take Exit 390 in Gainesville. Make right off the exit 390 onto 39th Avenue West. Take a right onto 97th Boulevard to the Best Western Gateway Grand.

From: South Off Interstate 75 take Exit 390 in Gainesville. Take a left off exit 390 onto 39th Avenue West. Take a right onto 97th Boulevard to the Best Western Gateway Grand.

From: East Take 39th Avenue West, over Interstate 75 make right onto Northwest 97th Boulevard to the Best Western Gateway Grand.

From: West Take 39th Avenue East and make a left onto Northwest 97th Boulevard to the Best Western Gateway Grand.

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We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Auto Plus Raceway

Opened in 1969, the Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville is considered to be one of the fastest and most exciting tracks to watch NHRA events.

Originally known as the Gainesville Raceway, today the Auto Plus Raceway has been upgraded to feature the race control tower, built in 2008, the skybox suites, built in 2007, and the Pavilion at Auto Plus Raceway, built in 2006. Visit north-central Florida soon and check out a race. 

Visit the Auto Plus Raceway and experience top dragstip events like the NHRA Gatornationals in mid-March, the Midnight Madness Street Wars held at the end of each month, and the annual NHRA Lucas Oil Divisional Race Series in mid-October.

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Constructed in 1930, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is found on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville in northern Florida. The stadium honors Ben Hill Griffin Jr., a longtime supporter and fan of the Florida Gators football team.

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium remains the largest stadium in the Sunshine State, and the 11th largest college stadium in the world. Wear your blue and orange and show your Gator support joining over 90,000 fans during a home game.

Butterfly Rainforest

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Butterfly Rainforest

Home to over 1,000 butterflies, the Butterfly Rainforest is located in north-central Florida in Gainesville.

Located at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the site is set on campus at the University of Florida.

The Butterfly Rainforest exhibit is a 6,400-square-foot, screened-in room featuring up to 80 free-flying butterfly and moth species.

Open year round, visitors are encouraged to see the butterfly releases and feeding stations in this simulating tropical environment.

Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Hosting year-round performances, the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is located on-campus at the University of Florida in Gainesville in northern Florida. Enjoy a wide range of performances, events, and programs at the center – designed to educate and reach out to the community.

One way the center reaches out to the community is through the AIM Together program. This unique partnership of the University of Florida Performing Arts and the Shands Arts in Medicine allows world-class artists to perform in healthcare facilities.

Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

Spanning 67 acres, Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park is adjacent to San Felasco County Park and close to San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park northwest of the north-central Florida community of Gainesville. The park is popular with geologists for its limestone cutaway, which provides a geological chronology of the area.

Visitors can hike along a half-mile nature trail beneath a canopy of lush, green vegetation, and venture down into the Devil’s Millhopper sinkhole via a system of boardwalks. The steamy southern weather means mornings and late afternoons are the best times to experience the park.

Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Serving as a living history museum, Dudley Farm Historic State Park is an authentic working farm in the north-central Florida community of Newberry, near Gainesville. The farm is a demonstration of the chronology of Florida farming from the mid-1800s to the mid 1900s, depicting the lives of three generations of the Dudley family.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Dudley Farm Historic State Park is comprised of 18 buildings, including a farmhouse, a general store, a post office, and a working cane syrup complex. Park staff dress in period attire and tend to the farm, caring for livestock, raising crops, and doing chores.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Established in 1891, the Florida Museum of Natural History is located in the north-central Florida community of Gainesville on the University of Florida campus. Its location in the campus’ cultural plaza is shared by Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The museum draws visitors in with exhibits like the Butterfly Rainforest, an expansive outdoor display of live butterflies; Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land, complete with fossil skeletons of Florida’s first land animals; and the Charles Knight Collection, featuring paintings of prehistoric Floridian animals like the Allosaurus.

Gainesville Raceway

Established in 1969, the Gainesville Raceway is home to the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville. It was considered one of the fastest NHRA circuit tracks, with drivers cruising at speeds of 260, 270, and 300 mph for the first time.

While visiting this Gainesville track, be sure to check out the skybox suites – offering panoramic views of the track. Several special events are also hosted at the raceway, including the Lucas Oil Division 2 Race.

Gainesville Regional Aiport

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Gainesville Regional Aiport

Located four miles from the central bushiness district of Gainesville, the Gainesville Regional Airport provides commercial and civil air services to Gainesville and the surrounding region.

Owned by the City of Gainesville and operated by the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority, the airport features a primary runaway and one terminal.

Commercial airlines American Eagle, Delta Connection, Silver Airways, and US Airways Express fly to several destinations in the southern United States.

The airport is also served by a full service fixed base operator and has flight schools and charter operations.

Ginnie Springs Outdoors

On your next visit to Florida, plan a trip into the north-central region and check out Ginnie Springs Outdoors. A short drive from nearby Gainesville, Ginnie Springs Outdoors is a top vacation destination, especially during the spring and summer. Enjoy some of the clearest and most pristine springs in all of Florida – you can dive, swim, scuba, and even snorkel around.  

Relax and enjoy a gentle ride as you tube down the Santa Fe River, just one of the many ways to explore and enjoy Ginnie Springs Outdoors. Naturally occurring at 72 degrees, the waters at Ginnie Springs Outdoors make for pleasant and memorable aquatic adventures. Discover any of the seven fresh-water springs located around the 200 wooded acres at Ginnie Springs.

Harn Museum of Art

Visitors to the Harn Museum of Art enjoy browsing current and ongoing exhibitions, representing over 8,000 works of art. This accredited museum is located in the Cultural Plaza on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville. It is one of the nation's largest museums affiliated with a university.

The free, 86,000-square-foot Gainesville facility includes the exhibition space, museum store, auditorium, and a study center. Several museum tours are available including self-guided, school, preschool, and even the Art for Life tour for senior citizens.

Hippodrome State Theatre

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Hippodrome State Theatre

Founded in 1972, the Hippodrome State Theatre is found in the historic Federal Building in downtown Gainesville and was restored to its current facility.

In 1981, it became a State Theatre of Florida. Over 100 American, Southeastern and World premieres have been produced by the theater since its opening.

Each year, more than 700 screenings take place in the theater as part of the Hippodrome Cinema Series.

Spring and summer classes are also available for children and teens. Visit this historical Gainesville theater for a truly wonderful cultural experience.

Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation

With the goal to depict Florida plantation life, the Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation is located outside of the north-central Florida community of Gainesville. Owned by the Alachua Conservation Trust, along with the city and the Haile Family Trust, the house museum offers tours and special events throughout the year.

Visitors are regaled by trained docents while being guided through the home to see focal points like the Talking Walls and more. Tours last up to an hour and are available Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. 

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Comprised of over 60 acres, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is located in Gainesville, and operated by the North Florida Botanical Society. Tour the gardens to view over 20 collections of plants, including the largest bamboo display in Florida.

Bring your camera to capture the giant Victoria water lilies, the herb garden, and Asain snake arums. The gardens' paved walkways are perfect for ease of strolling the grounds.

Be sure to visit the gift shop for unique items, including art and items from around the world. The gardens also host special events in Gainesville including the Spring Garden Festival and the Moonlight Walk.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

Built on the former homestead of the legendary author, the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park is located in the north-central Florida community of Hawthorne, near Gainesville. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and considered a National Historic Landmark, the park offers tours of the homestead and the surrounding land Thursday through Sunday.

Two short hiking trails are popular with visitors. You can also get a sense of 1930s life in rural Florida through living history demonstrations, which feature staff in period dress regaling guests with stories from the time.

Matheson Museum

With a dedication to preserving and interpreting the history of Alachua County, the Matheson Museum is located in the north-central Florida community of Gainesville.

The museum draws visitors in with attractions like the Matheson House, built in 1867 – the second oldest residence in Gainesville – and the Tison Tool Museum, a representation of a mid-1800s tool house reconstructed on the site in 1998.

Tours through the house, the tool museum, and the surrounding Southeast Historic District are available by appointment to school groups, families, and adults. Behind the museum, Sweetwater Park is another way to get in touch with the city’s history, featuring historic exhibitions like A Walk Through History, and the Sweetwater Park Native Plant Botanical Garden

Micanopy Historical Society Museum

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Micanopy Historical Society Museum is located in the north-central Florida community of Micanopy, near Gainesville. Originally constructed in 1890 and serving as part of a general merchandise business, the Thrasher Warehouse is home to the museum, which is open daily from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors can tour through educational exhibits and displays in the museum and check out other period buildings surrounding the thrasher warehouse to get a sense of life during the 1890s through the 1930s. Attractions like the Circa 1930 Coca-Cola Sign draw in photographers, while history buffs appreciate Civil War displays and more.

Morningside Nature Center

Operated by the City of Gainesville, the Morningside Nature Center is one of Gainesville's best nature parks, containing a 278-acre Longleaf Pine preserve. Visit the park to see the beautiful wildflowers and diverse wildlife, including skinks, deer, box turtles, wild turkey, gopher tortoises, and birds.

The center hosts curriculum based enrichment programs and camps for Gainesville students throughout the year. Adults enjoy the natural history seminars and Living History Farm events. Bring your hiking shoes for a pleasant walk along one of the park's seven miles of trails.

Newnans Lake Conservation Area

Covering over 6,500 acres, the Newnans Lake Conservation Area is located just east of Gainesville. Visitors to the area enjoy hiking along the trails, fishing and canoeing in Newnans Lake, horseback riding, bicycling, and picnicking.

Bring along your small boat, for launching at the ramp for fun on the lake. Be sure to bring your camera to capture a picture of the fox, deer, otters, and snakes that live in the area. This northern Florida park protects the diverse wetland and upland natural communities, which helps protects the water quality within the Ocklawaha River basin.

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

An outdoor enthusiast's dream, this National Natural Landmark park became the first state preserve in 1971. Located south of Gainesville in northern Florida, the variety of activities in the park include: fishing, bicycling, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, and picnicking.

There are over 20 biological communities in the park, providing a perfect home to the alligators, horses, bison and birds. Stop by the visitor center to view the exhibits and enjoy the audio-visual programs. Be sure to climb the 50-foot-high observation tower for a birds-eye view of this beautiful area.

Poe Springs Park

Pumping in an average of 45 million gallons of freshwater every day, Poe Springs Park is located in the north-central Florida community of High Springs, near Gainesville. The springs serve as an ideal way for a family to get in the water without fighting big crowds.

The cool, refreshing, shallow water is perfect for small children and just as inviting to mom and dad. The surrounding park also features a well-groomed landscape, complete with covered picnic areas, soccer fields, volleyball courts and a softball field.

Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm

Providing care for retired, rescued, abandoned, and abused horses, the Retirement Home for Horses at Mill Creek Farm is located in the north-central Florida community of Alachua, near Gainesville. Managed by Retirement Home for Horses, Inc., a not-for-profit organization started by Peter and Mary Gregory, the retirement home is comprised of 265 acres of green pastures.

Home to over 130 horses, Mill Creek Farm opens up to the public every Saturday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Guests can get up close to visit the happy horses and admission is just two carrots. Whether you're a horse fanatic, or simply searching for a pleasant afternoon activity, check out the Retirement Home for Horses in Alachua.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve Park

Plan for an outdoor adventure in Florida. Head for the San Felasco Hammock Preserve Park, which is comprised of 7,000 acres and contains 18 biological communities. Visitors to the park, located northwest of Gainesville, will see the mesic hammocks, hydric hammock, upland pine and swampland.

Enjoy hiking on the park's hiking trails and keep a lookout for bobcats, gray foxes, turkeys, white-tailed deer and songbirdsHorseback riders and bicyclists also enjoy the park's trail system. This beautiful northern Florida park contains limestone outcrops, sinkholes, ponds, steephead springs and small lakes. 

Santa Fe College Planetarium

Employing the latest educationally innovative technology, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium is located on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College in the north-central Florida community of Gainesville. The planetarium hosts a variety of special events to Santa Fe College and University of Florida students, as well as the Gainesville public.

Visitors are drawn in by regular presentations of shows like Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, Child of the Universe, and Legends of the Zodiac: EQUINOX. Popular past special presentations include Music 360: Pink Floyd - The Wall and SpacePark360: Geodesium Edition.

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo

Spanning 10 acres, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is located on the Northwest Campus of Santa Fe College in the north-central Florida community of Gainesville. The Teaching Zoo is the only training facility for aspiring keepers with its own AZA-accredited zoo.

Home to over 200 animals across 75 different species, the zoo is open for guided tours for seven days a week, letting visitors young and old make contact with animals like turtles, snakes, and lizards. Special events held throughout the year include S.T.A.R.S (Sea Turtles At Risk), and the annual Boo at the Zoo.

Split Rock Conservation Area

Accessible only by foot or bicycle, Split Rock Conservation Area is listed as one of the many ‘Things To Do’ in Gainesville. Created to protect the 241 acres of forest and wetlands surrounding the Floridian aquifer, vistors may enjoy outdoor activities aplenty.

The beautiful scenery of the wetlands is well worth the effort to view; with a landscape that is composed of oak and hickory trees contrasted with exposed limestone and the occasional sinkhole. A hike around the three-mile loop trail surrounding the conservation area is an excellent way to experience the wetlands of the northeastern region of Florida.

The Thomas Center

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The Thomas Center

Once a lavish private residence, the historic Thomas Center is located in the north-central Florida community of Gainesville.

Called “the perfect blend of elegance and charm,” the facility, with its Mediterranean Revival architecture, serves as a multipurpose space equipped to host weddings, banquets, and more.

Local artists team up with the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs to host numerous events and performances throughout the year.

The West Gardens, beset on all sides by towering oak trees, and Turtle Court, with its Romeo-and-Juliet-style balcony, add elegance and charm to any event. 

University of Florida

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University of Florida

Founded in 1853, the University of Florida is a public land, space, and sea-grant university set in Gainesville.

Covering 2,000 acres of north-central Florida, this flagship campus is the third largest in the state thanks to an enrollment of 50,000 students.

A “Public Ivy” institute, UF is part of the State University System of Florida, and features campus sites like the Butterfly Rainforest, Harn Museum of Art, and the UF Museum of Natural History.

UF is also to the famed Florida Gators of the NCAA Division I and Southeastern conferences – donned always in orange and blue at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 5.00 mile(s) from Devils Mill Hopper
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Florida Museum of Natural History
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Stephan C. O'Connell Center
  • 8.00 mile(s) from the Center for Performing Arts
  • 10.00 mile(s) from High Springs
  • 10.00 mile(s) from Paynes Prarie
  • 12.00 mile(s) from Hippodrome State Theater
  • 12.00 mile(s) from the Downtown Gainesville Historic District
  • 22.00 mile(s) from Itchatuckney State Park
  • 50.00 mile(s) from Gulf of Mexico, Cedar Key
  • 75.00 mile(s) from Atlantic Ocean, St. Augustine
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Oaks Mall

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • Outdoor pool
  • 1 mile(s) from Meadow Brook Golf Course

Nearby Restaurants

  • Need to unwind? Let our friendly staff at the Gators Den do all the work while you enjoy an ice cold beer and watch your favorite team on one of our 13 TV's. It's like being at home but without the clean up! The Gators Den has a full bar and great menu with daily drink specials from specialty drinks like Alligator Swamp Water or Guzzlin' Gator to classic favorites like Bloody Mary's or Margaritas. The Gators Den offers a variety of tasty appetizers and succulent entrees such as our house specialties, the Grouper St. John or the Tuscan Chicken. At the Gators Den everyone is an honorary Gator!! With five tableside personal televisions and nine large screen televisions there is not a bad seat in the house. Every University of Florida game is televised and we feature NFL ticket, NBA League Pass, and MLB Extra Innings.
  • Gators Den Sports Grill, on premises, Full Service, American, Open for: dinner, Hours of Operation: Sunday-Thurs 5:00pm-11:00pm, Fri and Sat 5:00pm-12:00am, During Football Season: Mon-Thurs 5:00pm-11:00pm, Fri 5:00-12:00am, Saturday 2:00pm-12:00am,Sunday 12:00pm-11:00pm
  • 0.01 mile(s) from Chutnees, Full Service, Indian, Open for: dinner,
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Pomodoros, Full Service, Italian, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.5 mile(s) from Sonny's BBQ, Full Service, American, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 0.5 mile(s) from La Fiesta, Full Service, Mexican, Open for: lunch, dinner,
  • 4 mile(s) from Northwest Grill, Full Service, Seafood, Open for: lunch, dinner,

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