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.
What an amazing place! When I first arrived, I couldn't located anyone, but I went to the side gate and Oliver, the resident artist, welcomed me and gave me a tour of the garden. I had no trouble reaching Karrie by phone and I called her when I returned a few hours later. She walked me through the maze of rooms (on the phone) to the dorm where I would be sleeping.
Later in the evening I met Tobe, and I chatted with some of the residents on the long porch (many long porches in Gainesville). Since I completed my business early in Gainesville, I needed to cancel my second night there and leave early the next morning. That's the only thing I regret: slipping out of the house so early to get a head start on the freeway south - without saying goodbye. Everyone was snoozing. So, thank you Karrie and to all of you there at Zen Hostel for your warm hospitality!
Very nice hostel. We didn't get a chance to spend as much time there as we would have liked because we were attending a wedding that night and got back late. Carie made us feel very welcome when we arrived and showed us our room. They offer meditation every day and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The hostel is located in a great neighborhood and close to down town. A great place and I would recommend staying there to anyone visiting Gainesville.
Everyone was very welcoming. A wonderful place for world travelers. The tree house net was excellent and didn't even get one mosquito bite. If you are visiting Gainsville to get drunk with your friends downtown. This is probably a great location for you since its close to downtown. But if you are a light sleeper, maybe the tree house is not the best room in the hostel since you can hear the downtown area (duh no walls).
The outside shower was awesome(there are also inside showers)! Parking was easy. And there is a kitchen you can use.
From the moment I arrived, I knew that I would be welcomed and respected by the toby and the other guests. If you are comfortable engaging others with an open mind you will no doubt leave here feeling enlightened. The community feel is a great way to understand everybody has an important role. The property is in a great location, walking distance to many shops. I felt safe and would definitely stay here again.
The Gainesville Zen Hostel was warm and welcoming for the large group of participants I brought. The staff was super helpful before arriving and during our stay. The location is great and only a few minutes walk away from Downtown Gainesville. Overall, our stay was great.
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