Sheridan, Wyoming, was voted the No. 1 Western Town by True West Magazine and, as such, strives to show its visitors some old-time Western hospitality. This picturesque town of roughly 17,000 people (in 2010) boasts two polo clubs, four golf courses, a summer rodeo and access to the Big Horn Mountains, but a relatively small number of motels and hotels accommodates its tourist trade.
The Holiday Inn is almost precisely what one would expect from this chain, except it has a waterfall in the lobby and two restaurants as well as a sports bar on site. Amenities include a heated indoor pool, gym, morning coffee kiosk, free Wi-Fi, and free guest computers and printers in the lobby. It is a popular local convention and meeting destination, and has loads of parking for even the largest RVs or trucks.
The Wingate is relatively new and offers candlelight Jacuzzi suites, business suites, free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, indoor pool and fitness center, and some rooms have a view of Big Horn Mountains. The beds are comfortable, the rooms large and the service enthusiastic.
Candlewood Suites are designed for extended stays and resemble small apartments rather than hotel rooms or suites. The junior suites have a tiny dining area and a galley kitchen with a microwave. Portable ovens are available on request. There is no free breakfast, but there is a little on-site convenience store for basics such as milk, bread, cereal and frozen dinners.
Sheridan's Motel 6 is one of the flagship outlets for this economy chain and has a little more to offer than most. While -- as you might expect -- there is no free continental breakfast, there is coffee in the lobby, a heated indoor pool, oversized towels, an elevator, and a very helpful and courteous staff. The motel is located right off the I-90 freeway, and pets are welcome.
The small independent Holiday Lodge is a fun place to stay with children, as there is a hand-painted sea monster/giant shark on the bottom of the heated outdoor pool, and the whole place is decorated with gaudily lighted fake palm trees, outrageous gargoyles and stone lions. The rooms -- all on the ground floor -- are brightly colored with shag carpeting that looks straight out of the 1960s; each has a microwave and small fridge. This inexpensive motel is within walking distance of the downtown shopping district and several restaurants, and is pet-friendly.
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