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Welcome Inn
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Ripon
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Ripon is a small town with very few options for lodging. We were visiting this lovely area for the first time for a wedding. I originally booked this hotel due to reviews on Tripadvisor, as they are my go to for travel. While the staff was very helpful in every way possible, it is very apparent that the owner of this hotel is maintaining the property on a very minimal budget, i.e. ice is in ziplock bags in a freezer/refrigerator (really?) Our reservation was no where to be found upon our arrival (15 hour drive), and I booked our room by phone (which I later discovered to be the owner) due to limited internet access for booking. They graciously gave us a 'upgraded' room. That being said, this hotel 'motel' is seriously dated (think 1980's and you are there, seroiusly!)! After 2 of the 4 nights scheduled to stay here, I made alternate arrangements for the rest of our stay. If you don't mind folks cooking on a grill at the front of the entry (we are from the south and this is the first motel I have been a witnessed such), and just want a clean room and bed, which is comparable to say, a Motel 6, then this is the place to stay. Isn't it irionic, and they make fun of people from the south...

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Was a Best Western,now a independently owned hotel.Staff very pleasant.Hotel needs major update.You will need to bring your own handsoap,,,bars supplied not adequate.Carpeting and furniture in our room needs replacing.Although room /hotel needs updating,both were very clean.Hotel location very close to dontown and Ripon College

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Robert E
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

This is a diamond in the rough! If you are looking for a comfortable place to stay without breaking the bank, the Welcome Inn is the place to stay. I was able to make last minute reservations on a busy weekend.
Very clean, easy to find, and the owners and employees are very friendly! You can tell they really enjoy their work. I will recommend this place to all my friends.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank April J
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Reviewed 2 March 2013

We stayed at the hotel in January. There is a banquet hall and bar in the lower level where we were guests for a 50th B-Day party many people were staying at the hotel so we decided to stay instead or driving back to Chicago. The room was comfortable and there is a small breakfast in the morning. Staff is vey friendly. We will stay for the next party.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Jennifer123456305
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

We stayed here during the Oskosh Airventure and were very happy with the accommodations. Room was very clean, beds were comfortable, and our requests for extra soap and towels was responded to immediately. We were looking for a good, basic hotel at an affordable price. This one filled all our needs. Would stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank Fred B
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

We stay at this hotel during EAA AirVenture every year. Since we're at that event most of the day, we basically just need a place to clean up and sleep. This fits the bill.

Honestly, pretty much everything needs to be replaced. I'm talking mattresses, furniture, carpet, TV, etc.. The lobby and hallways could be brightened up a bit as well.

The free breakfast consists of 3 cereals, oatmeal packets, packages of cake donuts, an assortment of Little Debbie products (I hadn't had a Star Crunch in years), things to toast, a little bit of fresh fruit, coffee, milk, and orange juice.

They have WiFi, but the signal is a bit weak from our rooms on the second floor. We were getting disconnected often.

They have a laundry room in the basement, but I don't think many know about it. When we went to use it I found a huge Daddy Long Legs in the washer tub.

The staff is VERY nice. They do what they can to help you out. The daytime desk clerk is quite often the maid service, and we've been pleasantly surprised coming back to our room in the early afternoon and having our beds made and towels replaced.

One thing that was annoying this year was that the parking lot had a lot of junk in it. Really. On one side of the hotel was a line of pieces that had seen better days. There was an overhead projector, a lectern, and a soda dispenser you see in bars, among other things. It was a bit of an eyesore.

We've come to like Ripon, and you can easily walk downtown from this hotel. There's also a convenience store next door, so if you're like my husband and don't like the hotel coffee, you can get it there. I guess they're planning on putting an A & W in that store. It was a separate building/establishment in the past, but when we got there this year it was gone.

I would suggest NOT using the ATM of the bank close by. They charge $5 for a transaction.

If you're looking for 5-star digs, this isn't the place for you. If all you want is a place to shower and sleep, with the bonus of a friendly staff, then this will work.

Stayed: July 2012
3  Thank khaunani
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Reviewed 17 July 2012

We stayed over the weekend the place was clean and the people working their were nice. we will stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Nicole L
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Additional Information about Welcome Inn

Address: 240 E Fond Du Lac St, Ripon, WI 54971-1528
Region: United States > Wisconsin > Ripon
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Ripon
Price Range: £34 - £179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Welcome Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 38
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Also Known As:
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