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Super 8 Motels: My Stay in Williston ND

ND Motels: Super 8 Motel Review

 By Jan Ashby

Hey y’all.  You may be wondering, what the heck can Jan Jan Ashby Reporter (that’s me) divulge about a motel in Williston, ND?  Well, I am going to give you the basics – the level of cleanliness, the motel staff’s friendliness (or lack thereof), and location in respect to restaurants, gas stations, & retail stores.

Speaking of stores, there is a Walmart within a mile – so that should help, in case you forgot to pack yourself a toothbrush!  As to restaurants, there are a TON nearby (I am not exaggerating).  There’s a Subway, a Pizza Hut, a McDonalds, and even a nice “sit-down” restaurant that has recently undergone a major renovation; it’s the restaurant inside El Rancho Hotel … and it now boasts a nice plush interior with a lounge and a new bull-riding machine.


Notes on Cleanliness and the Bathroom at Super 8

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Regarding the room I stayed in – the motel’s bathroom had a new countertop and was in very good condition. The number of clean towels and washcloths astounded me (especially for just 1 person – me) – yet I would have liked a bigger piece of SOAP – geez, the soap is so tiny you can barely SEE it !  My advice – bring your own bar of soap, or purchase one at Walmart

The tub is a pretty good sizeand I liked the severity of spray that came out of the shower head. It felt nice on my neck – sort of like a massage. The tub was very clean, btw.
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Since I stayed in a Super 8 suite/motel room, I can comment on extra amenities.  First of all, there is a sink and mini-frig – and LOTS of counter space!  If you are one who likes to spread out a bit, then you may appreciate this.  There are a number of cupboards – about 6 or 7, to put your “stuff” away.

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There is a modern microwavenot some old, outdated model.  Noticed it did a good job on popcorn, and for heating my coffee up .  Overall, the kitchenette area gets an “A” for cleanliness and functionality.  The coffee that is provided (if you stay in a suite) is better than the stuff a Motel 6 would feature (a grade up from that) – but not as premium as say, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or Green Mtn.

The television was a nice size, as well,  The picture was crisp and clear (and since my middle-age eyes grow weary from typing on the computer), I definitely can appreciate a non-fuzzy picture.

The entire kitchenette area consists of a lounging area with sofa, the kitchen itself, a small “dining” table, cabinets, microwave, frig & coffee pot.  Carpet was decent (new) and clean. *Note that a small breakfast is provided (with fruit, cereal, fruit juices, muffin/donut/toast).

It normally begins by 6:30 a.m. and completes by 10 a.m.

I think because this motel is in western ND, which is in the midst of an oil boom, care has been taken to make sure it is “up-to-date”.

Final Remarks

The floor in the bathroom was cold – and I didn’t notice a wall heater – so you should pack a small portable heater if you like it cozy.  

The pillows are also nothing special (they’re ok, yet not as plump as I like mine to be) – so you may wish to bring your own from home.

There are always ways you can make a hotel/motel room feel more luxurious.  You can make use of “aromatherapy” and bring your oil and diffuser along.  This isn’t a bad idea – particularly in North Dakota in the wintertime.

A little patchouli oil, lemon, or eucalyptus  Eucalyptus oildid ya know that you can nab these at the local Walmart?  Yep, I’ve been in the department that sells diffusers, & have seen a variety of oils!

So if you’re feeling bluesy when you head out the door for travel, why not bring some patchouli oil – it helps combat depression and anxiety.  Lemon is also calming, and has a bunch of benefits such as helping with insomnia.

P.S.  I said I’d tell you about staff – they left me alone when I put sign on the door, & were useful when I needed an extra towel or pillow – actually one of the employees even assisted me in jump-starting my car – now that’s pretty good service.

Hope you found my review useful – and if you really want a quiet, luxurious place to stay in Williston – I would suggest the Candlewood Suites or the Marquis Plaza & Suites.   If you need to be picked up from the airport, then go with Grand Williston Hotel.

For a bit more comfort, stay at Hampton Inn – it’s rated #2 of all accommodations in Williston – read reviews HERE.  People say the rooms are spotless, the beds comfy, and the staff friendly – one individual said they allowed her a “late check-out”.

Nearby Gas Station: Simonson Gas Station; 1409 2nd Ave West; Williston ND

Nearby Restaurants:  Subway, McDonalds and El Rancho Motel – this is a ‘sit-down’ restaurant and is located at:  1623 2nd Ave W – Williston, North Dakota 58801.  Phone: 701-572-6321

Downtown Williston has a JC Penneys Department store at :  403 Main St, Williston, ND 58801

Extras in Room:  Iron, Hair Dryer, Free High-Speed Internet.  Pets are allowed

Related:  See All 21 Hotels in Williston (Review)


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