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10 Aug 2022
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Jane W

GOING BATTY Package includes BatFest + Beer Garden Tickets

Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida is offering a Going Batty package this October 2022. The two-night package includes accommodations at Hotel ELEO, two local beers and two Florida Bat Fest tickets, including access to the Beer Garden. Lubee's 18th annual Florida Bat Fest is on Oct. 22, 2022 from 10 a.m. until 5p.m. For more information or to book a stay, contact Hotel ELEO at 352-565-3536 or visit To book the Going Batty Package, click here.


"Bat Fest is Lubee's biggest fundraiser and we are happy to support and promote such an impressive sanctuary," stated Ray Logan, assistant general manager at Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida. "The Bat Fest typically attracts more than 4,000 people so the event positively impacts the community in addition to raising funds for their sanctuary."


The family-friendly Florida Bat Festival at Lubee features games and activities in the Kid Zone, areas featuring local artists with goods for sale, food trucks, live music and a thirst-quenching beer garden featuring over 10 local breweries. In addition to bat experts, 165 bats of 13 different species will be hanging out for the event. Lubee Bat Conservancy, a nonprofit organization, is the global leader in fruit bat care and is dedicated to saving bats and their habitats through research, conservation and education. Located in Gainesville, Florida, over 165 bats live at Lubee. For more information, visit


"Bats provide extremely important benefits within their native ecosystems. Fruit-eating bats, such as those living at Lubee, are essential for pollination and seed dispersal. Most bats in the U.S., and all 13 species native to Florida, feed on insects, including moths, beetles and flies such as mosquitos. They are the only major predator of night-flying insects and their presence is vital for reducing pests that negatively impact humans and agriculture," said Dr. Shelly Johnson, state specialized agent in natural resources with UF/IFAS Extension and affiliate faculty in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Dr. Johnson encourages guests to also check out the UF Bat Houses, home to the world's largest occupied bat houses, with an estimated half million bats emerging just after sunset each evening.


Located less than 30 minutes from Lubee Bat Conservancy, Hotel ELEO offers 173 rooms, including 20 suites. Guest rooms feature luxury linens, a Dohm® Natural Sound Machine, QI wireless phone charger, two televisions, L'Occitane en Provence bath amenities, a N'espresso coffee machine and a mini-fridge. The hotel is home to the celebrated Covey Kitchen + Cocktails, which offers hand-crafted cocktails, contemporary American dishes, and indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Rush Lake.


For more information on Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida and to make reservations, visit or call 1-352-565-3536. 





About Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida 

Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida, a 173-room boutique hotel, is located in Gainesville, Florida. The hotel is home to Covey Kitchen + Cocktails, offers flexible meeting and event space, and features top-of-the-line equipment in the fitness studio. The hotel is within walking distance of restaurants, galleries, theaters and stadiums on the University of Florida campus and UF Health, the University of Florida's academic health center. For more information visit or call 352-565-3536. 


About the University of Florida 

The University of Florida's mission is to prepare our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. Recognized as among the top 5 public universities by U.S. News & World Report, UF is one of the nation's largest public universities, and is the only member of the Association of American Universities in Florida. Teaching, research and scholarship, and service span all of the UF's academic disciplines and represent its commitment to be a premier university that the state, nation and world look to for leadership. 


About UF Health 

With main campuses in Gainesville and Jacksonville, UF Health includes six health colleges, 10 research centers and institutes, 10 hospitals, including two teaching hospitals and five specialty hospitals, and a host of physician medical practices and outpatient services throughout North Central and Northeast Florida. Our mission is to promote health through outstanding and high-quality patient care, innovative and rigorous education in the health professions and biomedical sciences, and high-impact research across the spectrum of basic, translational and clinical investigation. To learn more, visit 


About Pyramid Hotel Group 

Boston-based Pyramid Hotel Group is one of the predominant hotel management companies in the U.S., managing a diverse portfolio of hotels and resorts in destinations throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. For additional information please visit 



1514 SW 14th St. 

Gainesville, FL 32608 

Phone: 352-505-4917