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Request for "Safe" Hotel in Jacksonville:

Discussion in 'Florida' started by Gatorrari, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. Gatorrari

    Gatorrari F1 World Champ
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    Feb 27, 2004
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    Jim Pernikoff
    I may be attending an event on a Saturday in September at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. I will probably drive down from Atlanta on Friday and spend the night there.

    If I decide to drive my 328, can anyone recommend a reasonably-priced hotel, preferably not too far from the university, where a Ferrari can be parked overnight in relative safety?
     
  2. Eric308gtsiqv

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    Here's one of my favorites in Jacksonville -- very upscale -- and less than 7 miles away from UNF campus:

    http://www.embassysuites.com/en/es/hotels/index.jhtml;jsessionid=2UHM1OXLQHJYCCSGBIVMVCQKIYFC3UUC?ctyhocn=JAXJAES

    Here's the mapquest link, with driving directions / distance / time / etc. :

    http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&un=m&2tabval=address&cl=EN&ct=NA&2n=DUVAL+COUNTY&1tabval=address&2v=ADDRESS&1y=US&1a=4567+SAINT+JOHNS+BLUFF+RD+S&1c=JACKSONVILLE&1s=FL&1z=32224-2646&1ah=&2y=US&2a=9300+BAYMEADOWS+RD&2c=JACKSONVILLE&2s=FL&2z=32256-7710&2ah=&idx=0&id=410a6381-00252-02bcf-400c252b&aid=410a6381-00253-02bcf-400c252b

    My wife and I actually spent our honeymoon night at this particular hotel (can't recall if it was called Embassy Suites back in '88). :)

    There are other hotels, especially downtown and at the beaches, but this one is very close by, very upscale, and in the ritzy Deerwood area of town / corporate / business district (sort of the suburbs of downtown Jax).

    Hope this helps...
     
  3. WaltP

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    Try Ponte Vedra just a bit south of Jax. The Lodge at Ponte Vedra has safe under the building parking. I don't know about parking at The Inn but I'll find out in a few weeks when I stay there.
     
  4. Gatorrari

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    I know Baymeadows Road, and with the eastside bypass nearly complete that is a good choice, but I'm curious to see what anyone else comes up with. Ponte Vedra is nice but a bit further than I'm willing to go.
     
  5. Eric308gtsiqv

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    There's also the OMNI Hotel, along with a couple others, downtown on the Riverwalk....but I try to avoid downtown as much as possible...especially with the F-Car.

    I remember back in '89 there was a corporate guy who used to drive his white Lambo Countach to work at a business park only about a block down the street from Embassy Suites on Baymeadows (just the other side of I-95).

    I'd just throw a car cover on the F-car and it should be just fine.

    That whole area West of Baymeadows / DeerPark towards the Beaches is growing extremely fast. Personally, I don't get out that way very often so I'm not very familiar with any newer upscale hotels that may exist out there.

    Anyone over at UNF have any suggestions for you?
     

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