What is your rate?
In the spirit of Zen, we operate on the gift economy. We don’t charge people who stay here, but we do accept gifts to keep us going. Most people give us $20 - $25 a night for a dorm room and $35 - $40 for a private room. We hope that the gift we receive will reflect the pleasure or displeasure of our guests, and give us the incentive to repeat what is working and discontinue what isn’t. Please write us a note to tell us how to improve.
To reserve please call (352) 339-3130
We accept PayPal or cash. Using PayPal, you are also able to pay with VISA and MasterCard - ask us how.
What about chores?
In the tradition of Zen and also in the tradition of hostels, we ask the person who live here to maintain a clean and uncluttered environment. And, each guest gives us a ten-minute gift of time to keep the place in Zen-like order. To accomplish this, we ask that each guest perform a daily chore of about 10 minutes. Some hostels call these duties, but here we call them beauties. This effort helps us to keep our expenses low, so that we can continue to offer the best low-budget accommodations in Gainesville. The chores include sweeping, mopping, laundry, sheet folding, watering the garden, etc.
Do you offer rides from Greyhound or the airport?
Yes, we offer pickup service from the Gainesville Regional Airport and from the Greyhound Bus Station. We ask that you give us a gift for this service of half of what a taxi charge would be. The cost of a taxi from the airport is $20. The charge for a taxi from the Greyhound station is $10. So we will be glad to pick you up at the airport for $10 and the Greyhound station for $5. Please let us know, when you make the reservation, that you will need a pickup and then call us once you arrive.
What about Amtrak?
Persons coming to Gainesville via Amtrak will be let off just three blocks from the Zen Hostel, so you probably will not need a ride. Call us and we will tell you how to get here.
If you are passing through and looking to hook up with somebody who might be going your way, let us know. We will put up a notice of where and when you want to go and whether you need or have wheels.
We cannot accommodate pets, but there is doggie daycare / dog boarding only 2 blocks from the Zen Hostel which we highly recommend: DogsRuleGainesville.com. You can also have your dog bathed, trimmed, and groomed.
What is the Zen Center?
If you are also interested in the Zen aspect, a few more words: Zen doesn’t concern itself much with words, so we won’t say much. We are a Zen Center for those who are not seeking a teacher or a Zen master. We offer facilities where the individual seeker can come, sit, talk, read, and be comfortable. We aspire to create an atmosphere where individual spirits may seek their own true nature on their own without doctrine. We don’t schedule group meditation sessions, classes, talks, films, readings or other events, but we encourage other persons to do so and offer our facilities for that purpose. In other words, we hope to inspire persons who want to advance themselves along whatever path they are following and provide a place for them in which they can
attract other like-minded persons.
Do you offer longer-term stays?
From time to time, the Zen Center also has apartments that are rented out for