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“A bit disappointed”
Review of Sunshine Inn

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Sunshine Inn
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Wall
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Having read all the outstanding reviews for this motel, we were a bit disappointed. Definitely agree that it was clean, quiet, comfortable bed, plenty of hot water, lots of channels on tv, coffee and small rolls in office in morning, a heater in the bathroom (which many more expensive places omit), and does have Wi-fi. It was lacking a clock, blow dryer, coffee-maker, ice bucket, and luggage rack to set suitcase on. Apparently we had a different person at the front desk than some - or maybe just having a bad day (we got there about 8 pm, so if she'd been on all day, she was probably exhausted). There was a special discount if you mentioned Trip Advisor when booking, so we got that as well as a AAA discount. For that price, it met our needs adequately.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2013

Thank you for staying at the Sunshine Inn and taking the time to write what seems to be an overall pretty good review of your experience. We happily take note of your complimentary remarks regarding our rooms: "clean, quiet, comfortable bed, plenty of hot water, lots of channels on tv, coffee and small rolls in office in morning, a heater in the bathroom (which many more expensive places omit), and does have Wi-fi." These are all the elements of a great night's rest, which we provide with great regularity and receive generally excellent feedback about, both on the premises and here at TripAdvisor. I regret that you didn't take the time to read a prominently placed list of available amenities, on request, that is on every room's credenza. Your need for a clock, blow dryer, Ice bucket (there should have been one on the cocktail table in your room, sorry if we missed that one) and luggage rack would have been met with a call to the front desk, from which we happily supply those items immediately and right to your door. We don't have coffee makers in our rooms as space and electric outlets are limited. However, we keep a potful of fresh coffee on hand in the office from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and encourage our customers to take as much as they like whenever they like. I'm sorry I wasn't in the office to greet you personally and am surprised to read that you thought my fill-in renter had a "bad day," as she generally gets complimented on her demeanor and friendliness. I will most certainly call your comment to her attention. Otherwise, it does read like you felt you got good value for your stay at the Sunshine Inn. We most certainly hope you'll give us another try and are quite confident that you'll be pleased with the outcome. Thanks again for staying and for the overall good review. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)

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Reviewed 9 October 2013

We stopped on Sept. 2, 2013. I have travelled the road as a salesman for over 35 years and this is one of the best motel. The building and design are old, but the room is clean, the bed was firm, all the lights and TV worked, the shower will drown you in nice warm water and it is quiet at night. I never had an innkeeper stop my car in the morning and thank me for staying, until the SUNSHINE INN. We were on the road for 28 days from Delaware to Vancouver to Phoenix to Delaware. The SUNSHINE was the motel to remember. Thanks.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank bob z
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2013

Thanks for staying and for the kind words. Calling the Sunshine Inn one of the best motels you've stayed in after 35 years on the road is a compliment that we accept with pride and commitment to maintaining the standards you so admire. Yes, this is an older property, built around 1980, but we scrupulously maintain it in tip top condition, make sure the rooms are immaculate, provide GREAT beds and keep all fixtures and equipment in perfect working order. Thank you for also noticing the excellent water pressure in our showers, which guests often comment about. As you note, we're a quiet place, several blocks away from the hub-bub of the interstate, yet just a short walk away from all of downtown Wall's great attractions, including the world famous Wall Drug Store. That I made it a point to make sure I thanked you for staying with us and insuring that all went well for you is standard procedure here. You can expect the same quality lodging as well as the "personal touch" whenever you're here. Hope to see you again sometime. Meanwhile, happy travels! Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)

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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We would have picked a chain hotel except that reviews here steered us to the Sunshine Inn. We were very happy with the price, the large comfortable room, its cleanliness, and the friendliness of the owner. A very happy find -- we'd stay again without hesitation.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Scott H
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2013

Thanks so much for staying at the Sunshine Inn and posting your "terrific" review here. We have always stressed value at our facility and welcome comparisons between us and the many franchised properties nearby. That you made the effort to locate us and give the Sunshine Inn a try is most appreciated. That you were impressed enough with the experience to share it on TripAdvisor is most gratifying. That you'd stay here without hesitation adds a third "most": you'd be most welcome. Thanks again for the kind words. Hope to see you again! Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)

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Reviewed 30 September 2013

My Mother and I have enjoyed staying at the Sunshine in each time we come to Wall. We have been coming every summer for quite a few years. It is so nice when people remember you! This is a very friendly, clean, and welcoming motel. I want to say that it is great for my Mom who is handicapped and uses a wheelchair. There is plenty of room for her to get around. Thank you for making our trip fun and we can't wait to come back next year! Sorry we missed you when we were there John.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank barbieh2013
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2013

Thanks for your kind remarks. Wish I could have been there personally to greet you and your charming mother, but look forward to doing so again in the future. That you choose to return on a regular basis is the kind of endorsement that we at the Sunshine Inn most appreciate. "Friendly, clean, and welcoming" are the kinds of adjectives that make us swell with pride--and also challenge us to maintain the same high level of customer satisfaction that you receive and make note of here. Looking forward to seeing you again! Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)

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Reviewed 23 September 2013

My wife and I (plus 2 dogs) travel between Virginia and Montana twice a year every year. South Dakota is a regular stop, but we have avoided Wall because it is . . . well, all about Wall Drugs. But circumstances sent us to Wall on this trip, and we were delighted with this little motel. Yes, it's small, the furnishings are dated, and there is not a flat screen TV in sight. But it is scrupulously clean and well maintained. The owner (John) was a delight. And, the beds were excellent. Most of the places we stay are eminently forgettable. But we will make a point of staying here again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Dan B
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2013

Having you stay at the Sunshine Inn was a happy circumstance indeed. Thank you so much for the kind words and for stressing our most important asset--"Value"--in your heading. That we're "scrupulously clean" and "well maintained" are attributes that come with a fair amount of hard work and a commitment to offering our customers the great night's rest that they seek. Our "excellent beds" (regularly replaced on a rotating schedule) are a most important component of that commitment. Thanks for mentioning them. I appreciate the kind personal remarks and must add that visiting with you was a special pleasure for me, too. Thanks for considering the Sunshine Inn to be eminently "rememberable" and making a point of returning. We'd be delighted to see you here again. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Once again, I'm so glad we checked with tripadvisor when looking for a room in Wall, SD. The reviews were right... the Sunshine Inn is a great place to spend the evening. We arrived late, having ridden the Badlands loop with the full moon. (On a side note, all motorcycle enthusiasts should put that on their bucket list.) The location is perfect, the rooms were clean, the beds and linens were great and like most of the reviewers commented... John was a great host.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank lornell
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2013

Thank you for staying at the Sunshine Inn and commenting here about your experience. In addition to the kind remarks about our lodging facility, your recommendation to other motorcyclists about the wonders of our region, particularly the Badlands, are most appreciated. I've experienced the same nighttime adventure in the park and agree that it is an amazing experience. Day or night, Badlands National Park stands out as one of Mother Nature's masterpieces. Thanks also for stressing the cleanliness of our rooms, the comfort of our beds and bedding linens and the friendly reception you got in our office. I couldn't have been more pleased to host you and your companions and certainly hope we get to see you here at the Sunshine Inn again. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)

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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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Thank dtmguy
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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: £57 - £67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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