Days Inn

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Days Inn
Privately held company (subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide)
Industry Hotel
Founded August 1970; 47 years ago (1970-08)
Founder Cecil B. Day
Headquarters Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.
Key people
Clyde Guinn (President)
Parent Wyndham Worldwide

Days Inn is a hotel chain headquartered in the United States. It was founded in 1970 by Cecil B. Day, with the first location opening in Tybee Island, Georgia. The brand is now a part of the Wyndham Hotel Group, based in Parsippany, New Jersey, which used to be a part of Cendant. It is described by its president, Clyde Guinn, as striving to provide the "best value under the sun".[1] Days Inn includes locations worldwide.[2]


Days Inn, Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was first built as a Howard Johnson's, another brand of Wyndham Worldwide.

Founder Cecil B. Day, before creating Days Inn, had worked in real estate in Atlanta, Georgia, where he built and developed apartment complexes. He also owned several locations of the fast food chains Jiffy Drive-In and Carrols in Atlanta. Day sold his holdings to Phipps Land Company for $14 million in 1969, the largest real estate transaction in the state of Georgia at the time.[3]

Day founded Days Inn on Tybee Island, Georgia in 1970. He proposed the idea as a means of using a piece of land he owned on the island.[4] When the first Days Inn opened, Day could not find maid service, so he had his children make up the rooms' beds. Also, a truck that delivered furniture was too heavy for the bridge onto the island, so Day's mother hauled furniture onto the island in her station wagon. Despite the criticism that Day faced from friends for wanting to start a new lodging option on a "no-name island" with a flagging tourist economy, the first Days Inn was 100 percent occupied by April 1970. The first property featured 60 rooms and a price of $8 per room.[5]

Within 1970, Day opened the second location, in Forsyth, Georgia. The property was constructed during a heavy rainstorm, and one family stayed at the property a week before it was completed, at Day's insistence.[6]

Through the 1970s hotel guests could take home a paperback Bible (usually the American Bible Society Good News Bible New Testament) from their guest rooms for free.

Days Inn of America Inc. began franchising hotels in 1972 and within eight years created a system of more than 300 hotels in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Stanley S. Tollman and Monty D. Hundley via the Tollman-Hundley Hotel Group became the largest franchisees in the 1980s, and bought Days Inn of America. They took it into bankruptcy in 1991. They then sold it to Hospitality Franchise Systems in 1991. Tollman and Hundley were indicted on federal bank fraud and tax fraud charges that they had not disclosed all assets in the process. [7] Tollman fled to London in 2002 where he fought extradition for many years. In 2008 Tollman agreed to a plea deal that would allow him to return home in exchange for more than $100 million.[8]


Starting with the second location in Forsyth, many Days Inns featured a restaurant and gift shop combination called Tasty World. Day refused to sell alcohol at Tasty World restaurants. Day did not drink alcohol, and decided to target families with the brand. Day noted that his refusal was criticized by bankers, who felt that including a bar would increase profits.[9] Forsyth and many properties after it also featured on-site gasoline pumps to sell unbranded fuel to motel guests.[10] Day, who was a devout Christian, also offered a network of chaplains to provide ministry at each motel.[11]

Days Inn was one of the first hotel chains to offer discounts to senior citizens. It was also among the first to locate its properties along suburban and rural exits on the Interstate Highway System, as opposed to more urban locations.[12]

United Kingdom franchises at motorway service stations[edit]

In the UK, the top four motorway services operators all have Days Inn hotels.

Days Inn and Moto Hospitality have experimented with two hotels at Wetherby and Winchester Services.

Roadchef have Days Inn Hotels at most of their sites.

Welcome Break brought the Days Inn brand to the UK under licence from the US company. It is now at every service station that has a hotel, and Welcome Break also run a couple of non-motorway hotels, one being in Milton Keynes.

Extra Services has Days Inn hotels at most of their sites. They are operated by Welcome Break.


This Days Inn in Lynchburg, Virginia is attached to a Daybreak Restaurant.

The hotel brands of Days Inn include:[13]

  • Days Inn and Days Inn & Suites - Full- or limited-service. Some properties are only rooms; others have rooms mixed with suites.
  • Days Hotel - the full-service variant found in high-traffic and large cities.
  • Days Suites - an all-suites variant; may be either full- or limited-service.

Daystop was a budget chain started in 1990 in Lakeville, Minnesota.[14]



  1. ^ "Days Inn: Letter from the President". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Days Inn Locations". Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Day & McCollister 1990, p. 52-55
  4. ^ Day & McCollister 1990, p. 59, 68
  5. ^ Day & McCollister 1990, p. 69-70
  6. ^ Day & McCollister 1990, p. 90, 92-94
  7. ^ "History of Empire Resorts, Inc. – FundingUniverse | International Directory of Company Histories, Vol.72. St. James Press, 2005 - (retrieved from". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Vivan S. Toy (March 18, 2010). "Maybe He'll Move to a Hotel". New York Times. 
  9. ^ Day & McCollister 1990, p. 99, 100
  10. ^ Day & McCollister 1990, p. 99, 128
  11. ^ Day & McCollister 1990, p. 75
  12. ^ Jakle, Sculle & Rogers 1996, p. 188-191
  13. ^ "Days Inn: Days Hotels". Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  14. ^ Hotels: The Magazine of the Worldwide Hotel Industry. 23. Cahners Pub. 1989. ISSN 1047-2975. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 

Works cited[edit]

  • Day, Cecil Burke, Jr.; McCollister, John (1990). Day by Day: The story of Cecil B. Day and his simple formula for success. New York: Jonathan David Publishers Inc. ISBN 0-8246-0425-3. 
  • Jakle, John A.; Sculle, Keith A.; Rogers, Jefferson S. (1996). The Motel in America. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-5383-4. 

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