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“The only real business hotel in Williston!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Rancho Motor Hotel

El Rancho Motor Hotel
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El Rancho Motor Hotel
1623 Second Ave. W, Williston, ND 58801   |  
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Ranked #14 of 22 hotels in Williston
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“The only real business hotel in Williston!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2009

Old school. Great staff. 3 Restaurants, Business center. Free wired and wireless. Banquet facilities. Near everything. Lounge.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2009

If you would ask the front dest anything about the hotel they would have to call the owners of the hotel, and they were on vacation too!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2009

From the outside, I had low expectations. The parking lot, hallway, and stairwells define ordinary and aging. But the room actually had some touches that I appreciate: a 2nd private sink, plenty of square footage, and extra work/desk space. Our room was $64.95 (weekend AAA) with NO breakfast, but the cafe gave my husband 2 free cups of coffee.

(We stopped first at the Super 8, but the desk clerk was engaged in a personal conversation, completely ignored my husband, so what can you do but walk out?)

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2008

Rooms:

Definitely dated but not necessarily in a bad way. Ours were directly in the main building, outer drive up rooms may have been different. Felt retro (light fixtures, walls, etc.), but with decent washroom facilities (2 sinks, hairdryer, OK shower/tub.)

One bed more comfortable than the other, clean sheets. Rug a little worn. TV 25-27". Small fridge. Big retro countertop w/ internet hookups.

Other facilities:

OK sports lounge w/ 8 plasma screens on site and blackjack tables. Diner and more upscale dining as well (but didn't eat there.) Asked for a litle extra time on check out. When we checked in they said OK, but upon checkout someone else was there and they wanted to charge extra.

Internet stations (4-5?) in the lobby. No pool.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2007

I have stayed at the El Rancho many times over the last 20 years. It is simply the best in Williston and is heads and shoulders above all other hotels in Williston. Great staff! Very friendly!

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2005

May be the best hotel in Williston. I have tried the Marquis and will not use them again as they do not hold a candle to the El-Rancho. For the money this is the best stay in town. Hands down

  • Stayed August 2004, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about El Rancho Motor Hotel

Address: 1623 Second Ave. W, Williston, ND 58801
Location: United States > North Dakota > Williston
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 22 hotels in Williston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $

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