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“Personal attention from owner”
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Sunshine Inn
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Wall
Certificate of Excellence
Iowa
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Personal attention from owner”
Reviewed 20 September 2013

While the property itself is nothing special--an older motor hotel--the attention paid to each guest by the owner and his wife make the stay here more than worthwhile. The owner helped us get our motorcycle trailer and car parked after our late arrival, and remembered us by name the next morning. The internet repeater system was not working the night we stayed, which was about my only complaint. The hotel is close to Wall Drug, the National Grasslands headquarters, and the Native American museum.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, 22 September 2013
Thank you for staying at the Sunshine Inn and sharing your remarks here. We most certainly appreciate you pointing out the fact that personal attention is an important component of our service. Helping customers get situated in our parking lot when they have a special situation like a trailer is a common practice here, and we're glad you considered the stay "more than worthwhile" as a result. I'm somewhat chagrined by your comment about our wi-fi service, as I recall that you said nothing about it until the following morning, when of course it's too late for me to respond. Yes, our repeater at your end of the building became disabled during the night of your stay, a condition that was corrected first thing the following morning. Our excellent and powerful wi-fi signal has since been fully restored with no interruptions since that incident. A breakdown like this is extremely rare, the last one having occurred 4 years ago, per my maintenance log. We apologize, but would like to remind readers of your review that we could have easily accommodated your need for internet service. We have space in our office area for customers to bring their devices and either wirelessly connect or hook up to our router by landline, and we'd keep the office open until the customer is finished. Again, my apologies for any inconvenience--along with my assurance that good, strong (and free!) internet access is part of our service. Thanks again for the overall kind remarks. We most certainly hope that you'll give us another try sometime down the road. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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Pleasant Plains, Illinois
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

The Sunshine Inn is a family owned and run establishment located in Wall, South Dakota only a block away from the famous Wall Drug. It is a very clean, simple motel that has a very friendly staff who are anxious to please. They even remembered our names! The rooms, although small are freshly refurbished with basic amenities....and did I mention clean? Although not advertised, there is a continental, take-away breakfast. This was one of the nicest hotels in the inexpensive price range in which we have ever stayed.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Thank you for staying and sharing your kind remarks here. We take pride in the "family touch" that we give to our property, where, as you note, were are "clean, simple and friendly." Also thank you for noting that our rooms are "freshly refurbished," as we have a regular replacement schedule for all of our furnishings and fixtures, making sure all is in tip-top shape. On the rare occasion when we have a mechanical malfunction, we can replace the unit in question within minutes. That you make a point of mentioning that we're "clean," not once, but twice makes all of us proud and committed to maintaining our strict housekeeping standards at all times. We also appreciate you mentioning our "quick start nook" in the office every morning, where we provide coffee, fresh orange juice and a variety of donuts and sweet rolls for guests to have on the premises or take along when they get on the road. We're delighted that you had such a good stay and would certainly love to see you again! Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

This is a great place for a one night stop! It is like stepping back in time. Yes it is dated. Yes you use an actual key to open the door. The tv is the old box type.The bathroom is small. You have to go to to the office to get ice. If you think these are negatives, think again. The room was immaculate , the bathroom spotless & the bed was a dream sleep. On a cross country the price could not be beat! Would not hesitate to recommend!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
Thanks for making us part of your adventure and for sharing so many kind words about your experience at the Sunshine Inn. We appreciate that you could admire the old-fashioned qualities of comfort, convenience, cleanliness and a "dream sleep". Add in our old-fashioned promise of great value, as you note, and we're confident that like you and hundreds of other TripAdvisor reviewers, customers will find our lodging facility to be one of the best values they've ever received on an overnight stop. Thanks so much for making us a part of your grand adventure and giving us an unqualified recommendation. Sure hope we see you again! Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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Ohio
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

We wanted to stay near Walls to visit the Badlands and the missile museums.

We chose the Sunshine Inn based upon the reviews it has received and we were not disappointed.

John the owner checked us in and was a delight to talk to. He filled us in on local information. The next morning he greeted us by name when we went into the office.

The room was nice and extremely clean.

The Sunshine Inn is the standard all mom and pop hotels should strive to meet.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
As the "pop" of the Sunshine Inn motel, I couldn't be more pleased that you hold me up as the standard for "mom and pop" motels. Our convenient location, just minutes from the Badlands, the Minuteman Missile site, and America's widest expanse of National Grasslands make us a handy place to spend a night. Add in our short walk to the downtown attractions on Wall's famous Main Street, and, like so many others, you've made note of the convenience that comes with staying at our independent little inn. All of us at The Sunshine Inn are friendly and informative by nature and appreciate you making mention of it. Adding in a few words about our "extemely clean" rooms only adds to our pleasure in reading your review. Thank you so much for staying with us and taking the time to make note of your good experience. You are most appreciated. We do hope you'll come again. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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Ames, Iowa
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

Stayed here just one night on way to Yellowstone. John the owner was very accommodating and super friendly. No frills but the rooms were very clean and extremely inexpensive. The couple we were traveling with had an issue with their bathroom fan and John replaced it within 5 minutes. Very convenient (walking distance) to Wall Drug and the downtown area. Would stay again.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, 18 September 2013
Thanks for staying at the Sunshine Inn and graciously taking the time to make your comments here. As ever, we appreciate the mention of our accommodating and friendly atmosphere. That you mention our cleanliness and competitive rates is another point of pride for us. What really makes your commentary so special is that you mention how quickly and expeditiously a mechanical problem is resolved here at the Sunshine Inn. I keep back-up equipment at hand at all times, so on the rare occasion that a mechanical malfunction occurs, I correct it in, as you note, a matter of minutes. We want our customers to take advantage of the convenient location you mention and spend time enjoying the attractions of Wall's famous downtown strip, including Wall Drug Store, just a block away--not fussing about issues in their rooms. We take care of those things promptly We'd love to see you here at the Sunshine Inn again. Thanks so much for staying and commenting. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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Milan, Italy
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2013 via mobile

We decided to stop in Wall in order to visit Badlands. We went straight to the Sunshine Inn due to all the good reviews We found on Tripadvisor. The staff was really friendly and when We mentioned the website We had a discount on the room rate that was already really cheap. The room was cozy and really clean. We had with John a great chat about Europe and he gave us some advice for our dinner. Next morning We had a little breakfast there and John provided us with some ice for our trip. I think that the motel deserves all the good reviews received. If I ever am back in Wall, I'll go there again for sure.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, 16 September 2013
Thanks so much for researching and finding the Sunshine Inn. Our reviews on TripAdvisor and other user-review sites have been consistently very good to excellent, largely because so many of our customers find such great value here. As you note, we offer a very competitive rate along with a "cozy and really clean" room. I make sure that all our equipment is functioning properly and that our beds and other furnishings are replaced on a regular schedule. Thanks also for mentioning our generous policy on ice, which is free for both room and cooler use. As to friendly chats--they are part of the Sunshine Inn experience. My customers deserve no less, and I couldn't be prouder or more pleased that you chose to share your good experience here. We would certainly be most delighted by a return visit from you. Thanks again! Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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STL
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75 reviews
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Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

Seems like you get to a touristy spot and everyone hacks up the prices. Not here....
This appears to be a good old fashion mom & pop type place, at least it is run like one ( be sure that is meant to be a compliment with highest regard). These folks take care of their guests with simple gestures like extra ice for the cooler (how many motel signs have you seen that restrict ice usage?) and remembering our names...in my travels that is unheard of for a one night stop.
And finally, the price... can't beat it. We stopped here on the way back from Yellowstone and wish we had stayed here on the way there. We'll know better next time.

  • Stayed September 2013
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, 14 September 2013
As the "pop" of this "good old fashioned mom & pop type place" I couldn't be more gratified by your kind remarks. Thanks so much for sharing your experience at the Sunshine Inn here on TripAdvisor. We make every effort to take care of our guests and make them feel welcome and comfortable. As you note, our prices are moderate and very competitive--and little extras like giving out all the ice our customers want are the kinds of gestures that we consider routine. That you found it special enough to be worth mentioning is certainly something that adds to our pride in service. Thank you again for staying and your favorable comments. We most certainly do hope you'll be staying here again! Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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Additional Information about Sunshine Inn

Property: Sunshine Inn
Address: 608 Main Street, Wall, SD 57790
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Region: United States > South Dakota > Wall
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Wall
#1 Family Hotel in Wall
#2 Romantic Hotel in Wall
#4 Business Hotel in Wall
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
26 rooms approved by American Automobile Association, one block from Wall Drug Store, free Wi Fi, complimentary juice, rolls, and coffee in the morning. Clean and well-maintained, very competitive rates--locally and independently owned, with owner on premises. ... more   less 
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