The Best Perks of Staying at the Equus Inn for the 2021 Ocala Spring Classic
The inaugural Ocala Spring Classic is quickly approaching, taking place from March 31st through April 4th at the Florida Horse Park. With less than three weeks to go, now’s the time to book your accommodations for the show.
Located just a short drive from the venue, the Equus Inn is a convenient and comfortable option for your time in Ocala. Better yet, we’re offering a 30% discount for show participants on Double Queen and King rooms during the Ocala Spring Classic just use code: OCALASPRING21.
Need another reason to stay with us? Read on to discover all that the Equus Inn has to offer our guests and learn why we’re continuously recognized for our affordable luxury and Southern hospitality.
Built for Equestrians
Here at the Equus Inn, we pride ourselves on catering to serious equestrians...and we’re not just talking about the horse-themed rooms! We understand that traveling for a horse show requires a lot of logistics and planning, so we make every effort to ensure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable.
This starts with the basics, like parking, location, and welcoming guest policies. We know that when coming to a horse show, you’re often bringing the whole family. This is why we are always happy to welcome children and pets on the premises. We also know how much equipment is required for showing, and that you’ll often arrive with a trailer or RV. For this reason, we have designed our parking lot to accommodate these vehicles, so you can rest easy between competitions with your truck nearby.
For the Ocala Spring Classic in particular, you’ll never have to worry about baking in extra time to get to and from the venue, as we are conveniently located right off I-10 at Exit 350 and just a 20 minute drive to the Florida Horse Park.
The Equus Inn strives to provide a luxury environment, without breaking the bank. In fact, we’re so committed to providing the best possible guest experience, that we’ve recently undergone a renovation of our 152 guest rooms. And just in time for the Ocala Spring Classic!
In addition to a brand new room, you can expect top-of-the-line amenities and daily housekeeping during your stay. Every element of the bedroom and bathroom, from the decoration to the technology, has been selected with your comfort and convenience in mind. Decorative highlights include plantation-style shutters, custom murals, and attractive marble and stone showers. As for in-room entertainment and amenities, we’re happy to provide 43” Smart HDTVs, complimentary WiFi, charging alarm clocks, soundless air conditioning units, and Bath & Body Works products inside the bathroom.
Food & Drink
While at the Equus Inn, you won’t have to travel far for a bite to eat or to grab a drink. In fact, for most of your food & beverage needs, you won’t even have to leave the grounds. Our on-site F&B service has you covered for breakfast and happy hour, and our in-room coffee machines, microwaves, and mini fridges allow you to whip up the basics.
We make sure your morning starts on a high-note with our daily breakfast service. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, which is why we’re happy to provide guests with a complimentary breakfast each and every morning. Given the current environment, we are offering a bagged breakfast right now as a COVID precaution.
After a fierce competition at the Florida Horse Park, you’ll love spending happy hour with us. In fact, we are the only hotel in the area with a self-serve wine and beer lounge, which is available nightly, along with a selection of appetizers. And for the under-age set or the children at heart, we serve milk and cookies each evening.
Have some downtime in between events at the Ocala Spring Classic? Whether you’re looking to relax or stay active, have just 15 minutes to spare or the whole afternoon free, we’ve got you covered when you’re a guest at the Equus Inn.
Our fully-equipped gym, featuring both cardio machines and strength-training equipment, is sure to please both the occasional weight-lifter and the most dedicated of fitness buffs. And if relaxation is more your style, our outdoor pool will be right up your alley. Bring a book or magazine and catch some rays on one of our comfortable lounge chairs, or bring your bagged breakfast to our shaded outdoor tables and dine al fresco. And don’t be deterred if it’s a bit chilly outside—the pool is heated!
Close to Local Attractions
Ocala has plenty to offer beyond the Spring Classic, and the Equus Inn is conveniently located near all of the local hot spots. Since you’re coming all the way to Ocala, we recommend spending some time getting to know our charming city—even if it’s just for the afternoon.
If you can only spare an evening or afternoon, check-out historic downtown Ocala, which offers something for everyone. We recommend starting at the town square and winding your way through the side streets to discover amazing dining, shopping, and culture at every turn.
For those with a full day or more to explore, we suggest an outdoor adventure at either Ocala National Forest or Silver Springs State Park, both of which offer a plethora of activities ranging from kayaking and canoeing to hiking and biking. Trail riding is also available, but we suspect you might be in search of some horse-free entertainment on your day-off!
Or, are you in fact looking for more horse-filled fun outside of the Ocala Spring Classic? We wouldn’t blame you, Ocala is the horse capital of the world, after all! If so, the World Equestrian Center should be at the top of your list, as it is now the largest equestrian complex in the country. Come a few days early to watch the World Equestrian Center Winter Spectacular (March 24-28), or stay a few days later to catch the Special Olympics Florida Games (April 9-10). Unable to tack on extra time in Ocala? There’s still plenty to see at the World Equestrian Center outside of horse competitions, including shopping, dining, or even just exploring the beautiful grounds, which are set on 6,000 acres.
There’s plenty more to see and do in Ocala, beyond what we mention above. Head on over to our blog for more inspiration on how to make the most of your time here!
Health & Safety
The Equus Inn takes the health and safety of our guests and staff seriously, which is why we have strict COVID safeguards in place. These measures are meant to maintain a comfortable and stress-free environment for the duration of your stay with us, and include enhanced cleaning protocols, social distancing guidelines, masking in public areas, contactless check-out, and more.
The Equus Inn is excited to welcome guests to our newly renovated space for the inaugural Ocala Spring Classic, which is why we are offering a 30% discount on Double King and Queen rooms to show participants use code: OCALASPRING21 or Give us a call today to lock-in the rate. We are certain that you will enjoy your stay with us, for all of the reasons highlighted above—and more!