Days Inn Review

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Days Inn has the advantage of solid ratings for most of its locations. Plus, it offers a free breakfast.

Pros: Moderate prices, lots of locations, and a more consistent standard of quality than much of the competition make this long-time player in the economy hotels game a winner, according to reviews of Days Inn. Posts on several sites indicate that guests appreciate the proliferation of properties -- about 1,700 -- which certainly ups the convenience factor. Proximity to airports, downtowns, and other attractions at value rates is mentioned often. On TripAdvisor, for example, many patrons comment about easy access to the wharf in a town along the California coast. Free food in the morning at all locations also appeals, and is an amenity many repeat visitors confess to looking forward to. The chain ranks No. 3 in the economy segment in J.D. Power and Associates' 2016 survey of guest satisfaction, where it earns 4 points out of 5 for overall satisfaction and variables such as check-in/out, guest rooms, services, facilities, and cost, and 5 points for the reservation process.

Cons: For some Days Inn properties, reviews assert that decor and furnishings seem outdated or worn, which may reflect, at least in part, the chain's age. That said, many reviewers don't necessarily consider this a huge drawback. They say rooms are comfortable despite the need for a remodel. What upsets some guests about some properties, however, is a perceived gulf between the advertised condition of a property and the reality, as noted in reviews of a New York City location posted on Yelp.

Amenities: The breakfast spread at all Days Inn locations includes juice, fruit, yogurt, hot and cold cereal, and coffee. The chain provides free Wi-Fi at most sites, and all promote access to a pool, beach, or fitness center. As part of the Wyndham Hotel Group's rewards program, guests with the affiliated Visa card can earn points toward free stays at Wyndham hotels and condos and claim other redemption options, including gift cards for participating restaurants and retailers. Online booking at least seven days in advance means extra points and a 15 percent discount off the best available rate. Guests who stay at least two nights save $10 a night, and AAA members can claim savings of 15 percent.

Takeaway: Primarily good reviews and years of experience make Days Inn a good choice for budget travelers, especially with so many easy-to-find locations. It delivers value for the money so long as expectations about perks are limited to critical essentials.

Lee Stevens

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