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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. :)
this was the most magical night of my life. everything was picture perfect and right up my alley. I got to be one with my hippie tribe. everything is organic and vegan. it's welcoming and beautiful. the perfect get away.
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.
Gainesville's Zen Hostel was one of the absolute BEST traveling experiences I've EVER had with AirBnB and especially in Florida! This Florida Hostel is AMAZING! Not only is it by FAR the most affordable location to stay in the city... The accommodations are great, the people are extremely friendly and the overall vibe of the Zen Hostel in beautiful.
I was greeted early in the morning for my stay, given great coffee, took a hot shower and rested in my comfortable bed.
I did a yoga/breathing exercise with Toby & some other guests which was AMAZING!
I can't wait to stay at Zen Hostel again!
What a wonderful and relaxing stay I had. I only had one night Gainesville... And chose well! I slept better than I had in 5 weeks and Thr folks staying there are very cool. Its a wonderful experience here and I will for sure be returning for a longer stay. I chose to shower in the wonderful (and hot!) Outdoor shower, as i have one at my house...private and relaxing this stay was
Thank you Karrie!
Captain Joel Edge
Awesome hostel! Really cool space!
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!
Karrie was a sweet host and it was a pleasure staying with the Zen Hostel community for the weekend while I was taking classes on the UF campus.
Great place, great price. Would stay there again!
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.