Exel Inn

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Exel Inn
Industry Hotels
Fate acquired by Wyndham Worldwide
Founded Madison, Wisconsin 1972 (1972)
Defunct 2008 (2008)
Area served United States
Key people David Stauffacher (founder)
Services Lodging

Exel Inn was an American lodging chain based in Madison, Wisconsin. It was founded as Interstate Inn in 1972 by David Stauffacher. The first one was located on East Towne Boulevard in Madison. Stauffacher changed the motel's name to Exel Inn in 1974 after he was unable to get a copyright for the chain's original logo, which incorporated the Interstate Highway System shield.[1] Throughout the chain's history, Stauffacher operated it with his family.[2]

In 2008, Stauffacher sold the chain, which at the time comprised 22 hotels, to Wyndham Worldwide. Wyndham re-branded all 22 properties to Days Inn, Baymont Inn & Suites, Super 8 Motel, Howard Johnson's, or Travelodge.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EXEL INN HAS SOLD CHAIN OF 22 MOTELS". Madison.com. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Maersch, Stephen (4 July 1982). "Motel chain's strongest link is family behind it". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "22 FORMER EXEL INN HOTELS REBRANDED UNDER WYNDHAM HOTEL GROUP FLAGS". Wyndham Worldwide. 19 February 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2013.