About this listing
Our hostel offers guests a unique tranquil experience while being in an easily accessible downtown location. We have private rooms, dorm spaces and a tree house as options to meet guests comfort needs, also fruit trees and a zen pond! Namaste
The Zen Hostel is a small, friendly, family-style location. We offer a meditation room, library, and a peaceful courtyard with a zen pond surrounded by native and fruiting plants. You are invited to make yourself at home here!
In addition to your sleeping area, you will have access to three shared kitchens, a meditation room, outdoor areas, and a washer and dryer on premises. Wifi is provided. Check in and out at your convenience.
Interaction with Guests
It is up to the guest (you!) to decide how much communal interaction you desire during your stay. Some guests join in our group meditations, daily meetings and shared meals. We also encourage guests to plug into the community by doing a chore of their choosing. Others come here for a chance to relax in privacy, and enjoy the time to themselves.
We love our neighborhood! We are located in the very heart of Gainesville, Florida's friendliest city. We are located just around the corner from an organic food co-op, an independent theatre, and a variety of bookstores, restaurants, cafes, parks, and unique local businesses.
We are conveniently located near Gainesville's public transit center. If you need a ride from the airport, we offer pick-up services with a kind donation of half the price of a taxi.
Karrie and Toby were very pleasant. The Zen Hostel is beautiful! I love the outdoor shower area! Staying there made me feel as though I was camping - very natural and casual.
the quite atmosphere and respectful habits make the Zen Hostel a special place in Gainesville. It has been a really enjoyable and interesting experience!
The Zen Center has a unique vibe, and if you are trying to shrug off the ease of modernity for a simpler life in order to reach a higher level of consciousness you may find it to be the best place for doing so in all of Gainesville. There is no air conditioning, but there are fans. The shower is outdoors, and there is a house artist whose work is displayed around the place and whose intellect, zeal for life, and Belgian accent make for good conversation. My only complaint was an individual who seemed to be on drugs all night and kept waking me up with incoherent rambling. But I guess that's the joy of a hostel, and I survived.
Our family loved our stay at Zen Hostel. Kerry our host was very laid back and the place is very peaceful. I would recommend it to anyone visiting Gainesville and the surrounding areas.
I had a very pleasant and relaxed stay at the Zen Hostel. The hostel is colorfully decorated. The yard is beautiful and arty with a variety of plants, vegetables and fruits. I enjoyed sitting in the yard and chatting with Karrie and other guests in the evenings. The outdoor showering place is a super plus in this hot summer. It's a place where you can find peace, nature and a moment that truly belongs to yourself.
Karrie and Toby were very helpful. The hostel is quite peaceful, I was only ever there to sleep. Excellent location downtown!
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