Hotel Eleo – Gainesville, Florida

Hotel Eleo in Gainesville, Florida is where luxury meets comfort! The ELEO at the University of Florida is owned by UFHealth Shands, and it is located just south of the UF Health Shands Hospital. The hotel adheres to hospital-grade cleaning protocols.

The hotel is designed to cater to UF Health patients and visitors, being located within walking distance of the University of Florida campus and the UF Health Shands Hospital, and offering convenient shuttle services to the hospital. ELEO at the University of Florida opened July 1, 2020.

Unique architecture: This six-story, 127,000 square foot building features 173 luxury guest rooms, each equipped with state-of-the-art communication services and stylish furnishings. The luxurious interior translates to the exterior where a weighty ground level mass of patterned concrete is balanced with an intricate network of metal panels and glass.

Spacious rooms: It offers stylish rooms, each equipped with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and plush bedding. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The rooms are designed with your comfort in mind, making it the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploring the city.

On-site restaurant: The hotel’s restaurant, Covey Kitchen + Cocktails, serves  breakfast every morning and is open for lunch and dinner, serving a variety of delicious options to suit every palate.The cuisine is Florida-inspired featuring American classics and dishes with global influences. The menu changes seasonally with fresh ingredients from the region. Covey’s full bar offers an impressive list of libations including wines from diverse  regions and irresistible craft cocktails. An outdoor dining terrace overlooks the small lake on the premises.

Special rates are available for UF and Hospital business, including UFHealth patients and research study participants. The hotel will keeps a percentage of rooms reserved for UF Health patients so that a room is always available for patients and their families, even during the busy football and graduation weekends.

Added amenities: The hotel features flexible meeting and event space for conferences, weddings, and other special events; a fitness studio outfitted with high-end cardio and resistance equipment; spaces for conversations; on-the-go kiosk; an outdoor pool and a hot tub to unwind.


Shuttle service: A complimentary Hospital shuttle service is available.

Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, Elio Hotel has everything you need for a comfortable and memorable stay.


Visit: 1255 NW 11th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601; 352-371-3600;

*By Nancy Radlauer, Editor-in-Chief

Editor’s Note: I had the pleasure of staying at ELEO while visiting our grandson at UF. Our suite overlooked the fountains (which magically transformed itself with lights in the evenings). The hotel hit every mark & its architecture is stunning!