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“Basic but a good place to stay.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sunshine Inn

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Sunshine Inn
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Wall
Certificate of Excellence
Alberta, Canada
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332 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Basic but a good place to stay.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2009

Nothing fancy. Clean rooms and a great rate.

We had asked for a late checkout and got a cold reception to that though....

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Raleigh, NC
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26 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2009

We read all the reviews and discussed them before making a reservation for one night at Sunshine Inn....ultimately, we felt compelled to experience this place! As the last reviewer said, yes, it is a very basic accommodation compared to what is commonly available in 2009 hotels and motels. We thought that came through pretty clear in the majority of the reviews, so we were prepared for that. Believe me, we have paid a lot more for a "basic" room in a tourist town and come away feeling like we didn't get what we needed: a clean place to shower, relax for a few hours, and get a good night's sleep.

Instead of going on about what wasn't there, let me tell you what was there that we liked. 1) Room rate was extremely reasonable. 2) Personal attention by the owner to each guest is priceless. John, the owner, greeted us by name at check-in and check-out. 3) Comfortable bed and pillows. Not to be taken for granted. 4) Sufficiently spacious bathroom with a big sink. Even had one of those heat lamps to help you dry off quicker after a shower, but I didn't use it! 5) Free wireless Internet. 6) Choice of numerous television channels (have seen this to be an issue in pricier hotels). 7) Complimentary morning coffee, juice and sweet rolls in the office. Although we normally choose to stay in places with full free breakfasts, we gladly took the opportunity to wander over to Wall Drug and have a bowl of fruit and a famous doughnut for breakfast. We did enjoy Sunshine Inn's coffee more than the 5-cent cup at Wall Drug! :-)

So yes, if you're looking for a place that's all about amenities, this may not be the place for you. For that matter, Wall may not be the place for you. But I'd recommend Sunshine Inn to anyone, and if we're ever in the area again, we'd definitely stay again.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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50onthego
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133 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2009

It's hard to quantify and qualify an inn such as the Sunshine Inn. It is in Wall, SD which has virtually no choices for a quality vacation spot. My husband and I prefer to stay at places where we feel we can spread out a bit, feel a bit of luxury, and to certainly enjoy some amenities. None of this is available at the Sunshine Inn. However, I would not say that this is the "fault" of the Sunshine Inn....they are filling a basic niche. It is not their goal to fulfill the wants and needs of travelers such as us.

It's just frustrating to me that this wasn't more clear after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor. We were initially excited to find availability at the #1 rated motel according to Trip Advisor but upon check in we were immediately disillusioned.

This motel is so basic it doesn't have (as mentioned by another reviewer) hair dryers, nor does it have shampoo, in-room coffee maker, an ice bucket (they use empty potato salad containers from the grocery store). They also still use the old bedspreads which we all wonder how many strangers have slept with before us since they've been washed. The TV is I think a 19 inch or smaller....I haven't seen a TV that small in years. And they don't even have a clock of any kind in the rooms.

We could hear people walking all night long even though we were on the top floor. Not being a construction engineer, I'm not sure how that can possibly be...but we did. But we didn't hear people talking.

So reviewers on Trip Advisor rate it a 4 and the # 1 motel in Wall. It may well be the #1 motel in Wall...it probably is. But it is so bare bones that I believe the reviewers must clearly reflect this before giving it a high score. We must all consider the different interests and needs we have in renting rooms for the evening.

Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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friendlysdinnkeeper, owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, 10 August 2009
I regret that this customer’s expectations were so startlingly unfulfilled, and am surprised that none of the issues/complaints raised in the review weren’t brought to my attention. Had they been, I would have been able to inform the customer that 1) shampoo, 2) a hair dryer, and 3) an alarm clock are available on request. We also have plenty of ice available in the office, including ice for coolers at no charge. We use ice buckets that are supplied by our institutional hotel supply source, sold to us as “ice buckets.” Our lobby coffee service is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Our bedspreads are washed on a regular rotation every week, in keeping with the standards of cleanliness that are repeatedly mentioned favorably in almost all the other reviews on this site (along with reviews at the Yahoo Travel and AAA sites). From the date of the review/date of stay information, it seems clear that the customer was here during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally period, which means noise from motorcycles and riders is part of the local experience, and goes on virtually around the clock during the week. The rest of the year is markedly different, and our place is probably quieter than most due to the fact that we have neither a pool nor lounge/restaurant on the premises. I’m sorry that this customer, unlike virtually every other reviewer on this site, had nothing good to say about the Sunshine Inn, but we believe that we continue to be a value-leader in local lodging options. As a budget-oriented property we believe we offer a good, clean, comfortable night’s lodging at a very attractive price and invite readers of this site to visit our facility and check out the premises for themselves, then compare them to other options. We’re quite confident that the comparison will be favorable for us, and intend to maintain the standards that keep us that way. Sincerely, John Tsitrian, owner/manager
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Illinois
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244 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2009

Great owner, great location, very clean, comfortable beds. Good, free wifi and 30 second walk to Wall Drug. Excellent choice for a one night stay for my family of 4 to explore the town and the Badlands and I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, MN
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2009

Agree with other reviews: good value. Great location to Wall Drug Store and a bit further away from the highway than some of the other hotels in town. Had free Wifi, which was a nice bonus.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Richmond, VA
Level Contributor
26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2009

I booked this hotel after reading several reviews here on Tripadvisor. Everyone was right. John is very nice. The rooms are very clean. It is very close to everything. John was able to give some good suggestions for dinner, both within walking distance. The rooms are very basic, not even a hairdryer. But the beds are comfortable, the AC works, and it is very clean! There is no elevator, so if you cannot go up and down steps, make sure to ask for the bottom floor.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kansas
Level Contributor
63 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2009

The Sunshine Inn is basic; but clean, comfortable and the man at the desk was very friendly. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Sunshine Inn

Property: Sunshine Inn
Address: 608 Main Street, Wall, SD 57790
Phone Number:
Region: United States > South Dakota > Wall
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Wall
#1 Best Value 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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