The Americinn Lodge is located less than ¼ mile off the I-94, Exit 292, in what appeared to be a light industry area; and it is next door to a non-chain restaurant and about ¼ mile from the “Medicine Wheel Park.” It is a 3-story hotel. Our room, a non-smoking suite with a king-sized bed, looked onto a large, empty, newly-mowed lawn area that had no buildings visible from our room.
The hotel appears to be relatively new and is well-maintained. The lobby is welcoming and clean. While we heard small children in the pool area and in the hallway, we did not see anyone and no sounds carried into our room. Our suite was very clean and had no clutter at all. It was almost austere. The suite was on the back of the hotel and looked onto a rather peaceful, very quiet field. The screened windows opened which was rather nice since the room was freezing cold (air conditioning was blasting) when we walked into the room. We kept the windows open all night and there was absolutely no sounds, save the birds in the morning!
There was a small, clean fridge that easily held items from our cooler (we travel with some food). The bathroom was clean but unfortunately is equipped with a rather dreadful ‘economy’ light bulb that gives the room a haunted dimly lit appearance. The sink area is outside the bathroom. The water in our room had a “sewage” smell to it; this made even washing my face incredibly unappealing. I did not have a shower for two reasons: I could not stand the light in the bathroom and I did not want the smell of the water on my body or in my hair; my husband said that the water in the shower was the same). We drank bottled water which we carry with us in the car. The linens were clean and had no bleach smell (which is in some hotel linens). The bed and pillows were really comfortable! The breakfast in the morning is ample in that there seems to be something for everyone’s taste. The coffee is decent and there is a selection of different teas.
Two items that other travelers might find useful to know: the restaurant next door to the hotel is not a chain restaurant. We were so delighted with our meal there (homemade hamburgers with a real, thickly sliced tomato and lettuce that looked as though it was from the chef’s garden!). The menu is extensive. The restaurant closes at 9:00pm. When we arrived at 8:50pm, we were greeted with a smile and the service was warm and hospitable despite our late arrival. There was a folk singer who lent a really lovely feel to end of a long day on the road! The second important point is the hotel’s location - adjacent to the incredibly built “Medicine Wheel Park.” The folksinger at the restaurant recommended it to us. So, the morning of our departure, we stopped by to take a look! We were so glad we did since it is an amazing place! We spent almost 90 minutes walking there! It is well worth the visit! You will learn about the Medicine Wheel, the history of Valley City, and see a lovely open prairie park with a wide paved path that is easy to navigate and takes you to lovely vistas of the valley. Take your binoculars!
The only thing that would hold me back from staying again at the hotel is the smell of the water in our room. I do not know whether it was just that room or whether there is a problem with the water in the entire town. But, that said, it is a good spot to lay one’s head at the end of a long day on the road while on a multi-day road trip.
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