I stay overnight in Rawlins once a year as part of a recurring summer road trip. I was reasonably pleased with Days Inn, which is easily reachable off I-80 but away from any highway noise. It may be a little worn around the edges in places, but I did not find anything to be decrepit, and the price was not too bad for an interstate highway motel ($87 including taxes through hotels.com). Rooms open off of wide interior corridors. My room had a king bed and easy chair but still had decent floor space. (It measured about 12x16 ft., excluding the bath). The accommodations were clean and included a microwave, coffeemaker, and mid-size fridge, which I appreciated. Days Inn touts “feathertop mattresses,” but the extra fluff on top of a standard mattress didn’t really do much for me. Still, I had a decent night’s rest. The bath is ok and had prompt and plentiful hot water, though the cheap fixtures have seen better days. Also, the less than fluffy towels have obviously achieved intimate familiarity with the inside of a dryer. The wi-fi connection was consistently strong, but there are several different Days Inn wireless networks, only one of which is accessible to guests. I eventually found the right network by trial and error. Breakfast is served in a large room off the lobby. It starts at 5:30 a.m.; however when I went downstairs at 6:15 they still had not loaded the steaming trays with the hot dishes. I understand that if I had waited long enough I could have had eggs and sausage, but I made a waffle for myself at the waffle iron and had some fresh fruit. Cereals and breads are also available. Check-in and check-out went smoothly, and the staff was friendly. There is a generous noon check-out time. The comfortable front lobby with a big sitting area has free coffee for guests, as well as a computer with a very gummy keyboard that is also available for guest use. I didn’t venture into the swimming pool or into the on-premises bar/lounge called Cuzins, cuz I was just too tired. I noticed several moving vans and cars pulling trailers parked in the parking lot, which is big enough easily to handle those type vehicles, in case you’re traveling that way. There are fast food restaurants within easy walking distance of this location, and a City Market food store is a few blocks distant. In case you’re looking for a restaurant in Rawlins, I had decent Asian cuisine at a place called Coco’s, located in an interesting old brick house at the corner of Cedar and 3rd Streets downtown. Best gas prices are also farther from the interstate, toward downtown. I did notice when checking in on a Friday night that a number of people came into the lobby asking if there were rooms available. The motel filled up its vacancies just while I was checking in and was quoting a price higher than I paid. This long stretch of I-80 is heavily traveled in summer, so advanced reservations are recommended.
Although Days Inn has a few minor problems, there are still more positives than negatives, and I would recommend this as a convenient overnight option, especially if you get a good rate. (See also my review of Comfort Inn & Suites, next door to Days Inn.)
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