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.
I came in rather late, around midnight, and my host got up from her peaceful slumber to show me where my room was and so forth. If you're the adventurous sort, this place is for you. Its kinda communal, and my room was comfy with breezes wafting through the windows, but no AC. my room had three single beds, but my roomie didn't come in till 7 am.
Karrie and the Zen Hostel was so accommodating. Even though we thought we had made a reservation, my technology illiteracy caused me to not complete the process. When we arrived, Karrie was so accommodating and kind. The grounds are amazing and the people are so friendly. It's a nice, funky and clean space to stay. We only wish we had more time to stay and experience all the Zen Hostel has to offer. Looking forward to our next trip back!
I felt very welcomed and Karrie was accommodating for my late arrival. The outdoor shower is spacious and using it is almost a therapeutic experience. Warm and friendly people create a great experience.
Karrie was a great host and was there to greet me and give me a tour of the hostel when I arrived. The grounds are great -- peaceful and quiet, a respectful community. The neighborhood is conveniently located and close to a lot of things. I stayed in the treehouse, which was a fun experience although a little bright at night. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to participate in community activities like yoga and meditation, but the fact that they are offered is an amazing amenity. Also, they have the sweetest cat on property (Catchmouse) who made my stay even more enjoyable. :)
The Zen Hostel was a wonderful place to stay. We stayed with our three adult daughters, and they stayed in the tree house. It was artisticly decored, and the managers made us feel welcome. This place has great energy, and as a medium, I was able to connect an energy message for one of the assistants. Their is a super positive feel about this place and kindness, and acceptance of others. Karrie Kay is a real sweet heart and she is very helpful.
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