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“The Sunshine Inn, like most of Wall itself, is a dump...”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Sunshine Inn

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Sunshine Inn
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Wall
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“The Sunshine Inn, like most of Wall itself, is a dump...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

My better half and I stopped in Wall following a day of driving from the western edge of Wisconsin and a few hours of touring the Badlands. We stayed in Wall to continue touring the Badlands and also to see the famous (infamous? Merely well-marketed?) Wall Drug.

The Sunshine Inn is a tiny, cheap motel in a town of tiny, cheap motels. When I say it is a dump, it seems more dumpy from the outside than any of the other motels. But I did not stay in them, and therefore can only speak to the Sunshine Inn.

Pluses: it is right next to Wall Drug, that testament to entrepreneurship and great marketing. Wall Drug is full of cheap crap, vile coffee, not-at-all-cold "ice" water, mediocre food, and tacky spectacle--but I like it. If you like that sort of thing too, it's a short walk down the road, and marginally shorter than any other place in town. Also, despite her general dourness, the innkeeper did recommend a restaurant for dinner that we enjoyed.

Minuses: in brief (for I could go on at length), the rooms are smallish; the air conditioner is extremely loud and woke us repeatedly; the breakfast is only Mrs Fresh's packaged donuts, bad coffee, and sugar wat--, er, "orange juice"; the towels are too small; all the linens are very scratch; the inn-keeper was less than pleasant.

Overall, I suspect this place is about or above-average for Wall. The problem is Wall itself: don't stay there if you don't have to. Stay an hour away in Rapid City and drive out to the Badlands (and Wall Drug, if you must), rather than staying in this silly little town.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
So sorry that your experience at the Sunshine Inn didn't conform with those of the vast majority of our customers who post here on TripAdvisor.com. We'll continue to work hard at maintaining a level of value that has been a hallmark of many years of success and regret that you're not likely to be a repeat customer. Best wishes for the balance of your travels. Sincerely, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay here. Nice and clean. Room was great. We would definitely stay here again. Loved how nice the owners were. And helpful! It is a nice place to stay while visiting the Badlands.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, July 28, 2012
Thanks for the kind remarks. "Nice and clean" is the kind of accolade that we strive for every day--and being nice to our customers is just part of the total experience that we offer here. Helpfulness with trip planning and advice on where to get the most for your money while here in town is more than another service--it's our way of doing business. We're so glad to know that you'd stay here again, and certainly hope we get the chance to renew our acquaintance with you. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

Nice little Mom & Pop run by a former US Marine Medic named John. His high standards are reflected in the motel. Old, but clean. Very friendly staff all around. Good sized room for a good price. Good wi-fi reception. Breakfast is limited to coffee, juice, and a donut.

A very short walk to Wall Drugs, or go the other direction to the Buffalo Gap Visitor Center. There are two buildings. The main building is two stories, the add-on is one story.

This is the place to stay in Wall.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, July 22, 2012
Thanks for sharing your "Sunshine Inn experience" here. We maintain our high standards thanks to a great, motivated and hard-working staff--definitely the best around! Reviews like yours add to that motivation by challenging us to keep up the effort. We make the most of what we have and who we are, and our customers continue to remind us that they're pleased and satisfied. On a personal note, I appreciate you mentioning my service as a Marine in Vietnam ('66-'68). I never had the privilege of serving in the medical corps there, but proudly spent my tour of duty as a rifleman. Thanks again for the kind remarks--certainly hope we see you here again. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2012

The hotel owner provided a much appreciated, warm welcome after a long day of travel from Greybull, WY, to Mt. Rushmore, SD, to Wall, SD. The hotel provides a good value for the money. The room was quite basic--no frills--but quite clean. It is situated just blocks from the famous Wall Drug, within easy walking distance. We were able to eat a good meal in a short amount of time, allowing us to get a good night of sleep.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Coquette07
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
Comfortable rooms and great values are what we're all about. Throw in a friendly welcome and a handy location, and you've described the Sunshine Inn "experience" in a nutshell. Thanks so much for sharing your positive impressions here. We couldn't be more pleased that you found your stay here to be a good one. Certainly hope we'll see you again, sometime. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2012

We stayed at the Sunshine Inn for 2 nights on a recent trip to the Badlands. The hotel manager was great. Check in was quick and easy. He recommended a local restaurant for dinner (Red Rock) and suggested a good place to watch the sunset. I was especially impressed that he made it a point to learn our names. The hotel is a two minute walk to Wall Drug and a ten minute drive to the Park. Nothing fancy, but our room was clean and comfortable. Can't beat the friendly service, price and great location!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Utahparkslover
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friendlysdinnkeeper, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, July 17, 2012
Thanks for the nice remarks. We take pride in our facility, of course, but also make it our business to give guests all they need in the way of information and advice, which as you note, runs the gamut from dinner suggestions to ideas on great viewpoints for the legendary and magnificent sunsets that the nearby Badlands are famous for. Getting to know our customers by name is our way of getting to know you and your travel inclinations and preferences better. Just part of the Sunshine Inn "experience," which was a pleasure to share with you. Hope to see you again sometime! Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

Not a bells or whistles place but clean and affordable. Friendly manager. Called from Sioux Falls to reserve a room, 4 hours later, so thankful to have a quiet, clean place, up and out early the next morning.

  • Stayed July 2012
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, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, July 8, 2012
Thanks for a quick and succinct summation of what the Sunshine Inn offers. Clean ("most important" as you note) and affordable. Though "bells and whistles" haven't made it to our list of amenities, I'm sure that most of our guests find what they most need is available on request. Appreciate the kind words and certainly hope to see you again. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

I stayed at the Sunshine Inn for the first time last week. I was very pleased with it. It is located a block from Wall Drug and the bars/restaurants in Wall. The wi-fi was very fast, with a good strong signal (several times the speed at hotels I have stayed in in large cities). Each morning, there is coffee, OJ, and donuts/danishes in the office. The room was spotlessly clean and fresh.

But the best thing about the Sunshine Inn is John, the owner. He is friendly and greets each guest by name. He is also a wealth of information about the area, its history, and attractions. It is obvious that John genuinely cares about his guests and has an enthusiasm about providing great service that is not seen much these days. I have no idea when the man sleeps, he was up late at night helping guests, and was up early the next morning greeting arrivals and wishing departures a safe trip.

I regret not giving the Sunshine Inn a try years ago. It provides much better service, a cleaner room, and John, all at a better rate than the chains located in Wall. Next year I will book early to ensure I stay at the Sunshine for my annual visit to Wall.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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, Owner at Sunshine Inn, responded to this review, July 12, 2012
On both a professional and personal level, I'm extremely gratified by your kind remarks. As a business, the Sunshine Inn goes to great lengths to provide our guests with a high-value stay, and as you note, immaculate rooms, a great location just a block away from all the "action" on Main Street, powerful and fast wi-fi service and a an array of fresh donuts, rolls, orange juice and coffee in the morning are part of the package. That I enjoy getting to know my customers and sharing as much about this area that I love is a special bonus, both for me and, happily, many customer like you. Thank you so much for staying here and sharing your impressions. Looking forward to your next visit. Best wishes, John (owner, Sunshine Inn)
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Property: Sunshine Inn
Address: 608 Main Street, Wall, SD 57790
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Location: 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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