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My husband and I recently stayed for one night at the Days Inn Hotel by Wyndham Guam. This hotel caters to budget-conscious travelers, with room rates starting at $79 during off-peak season. Here’s my review of the hotel and why you should consider Days Inn on your next trip to Guam.
If you’re looking for a beach-front property, let me tell you straight out that Days Inn Hotel is not for you. It is in a central location, right in the heart of Tamuning on Ypao Road but on a side road without direct access to public transportation. I do not recommend walking from this hotel to the beach because the road going down is pretty steep, narrow and unsafe for pedestrians. Walking to Guam Premier Outlet or GPO, on the other hand, is certainly doable but still not my recommended option. Guam is a relatively safe place to visit but do practice caution especially at night. If you are renting a car, which a lot of tourists prefer to do, the location will not be a big deal because it is literally a less than 5-minute drive to the beach and GPO.
To compensate for their less than ideal location, Days Inn Hotel provides a scheduled free shuttle service to its guests with drop-off and pick-up points at the beach, Guam Premier Outlets, The Plaza Shopping Center and Kmart. They also offer airport shuttle service for a fee.
There is also a local convenience store just across the street, and a short walk to the main road is a gas station and a few fast-food joints.
We booked a Queen Room but was upgraded to a King Room upon check-in. The room was very spacious and clean. So clean that I could still smell the freshly-wiped floors when I entered. Rooms also have their own private balcony and although we did not get to enjoy it because of the bad weather, it was still a plus point. I think pretty much all of the rooms are the same size, the only difference is the bed configuration.
The room itself looks like it has been recently renovated and is actually quite nice. Part of the ceiling molding was missing but it didn’t affect the overall aesthetic of the room. A downside though is I could not find any other electric outlet aside from the one in the TV area. I wish they had installed a charging outlet by the bedside table.
The only thing that looks a little outdated is the bathroom. The fixtures could use an upgrade especially the shower. The shower head holder is broken so I couldn’t position it right in the middle. Either you have to hold the showerhead or just be really patient in trying to get the correct angle. The shower area didn’t have a door, only a half glass partition. So it’s either you open the bathroom door all the way when you shower, which meant that the wooden door would get wet, or close it and the whole bathroom will be wet. I didn’t see any bath mat that I can use even though it was listed in the standard towel provisions of the room. The anti-slip mat inside the shower area also needs a bit of a scrub, or maybe a replacement.
One of the things that I like about the room is that the airconditioning is not centralized. Each room has its own split-type air conditioner unit. This meant that you don’t have to worry about the room being too cold or not cold enough. You have full control.
There is a door threshold that’s slightly higher than normal and not slanted which you need to take note of when entering and going out of the room to avoid tripping on the floor.
The room is fitted with the usual hotel amenities but with an added bonus — a microwave! There is also a mini-refrigerator, an electric kettle, coffee and drinking glasses and 2 complimentary bottles of water. If you need eating utensils, the front desk can give you disposable ones.
The toiletries provided are very basic, just shampoo, lotion, and soap. This wasn’t a big deal to me since I usually bring my own. To those who forgot to bring theirs, sundries can be purchased at the front desk or you may buy it at a convenience store. Towels are also provided and there’s also a hairdryer, iron and ironing board in the room.
Hotel Facilities: (4/5)
The hotel is courtyard-style and the ground floor has the reception area, laundry room, vending machines, and the hotel’s restaurant. Guests can also park their car in the inner courtyard. Since we were placed in a corner room, we were not bothered at all with any outside noise. There is an ice machine on the second floor.
There’s free WIFI all over the hotel that’s decent speed for regular browsing but not for downloading. The hotel doesn’t have a pool but you can use the pool at their sister hotel Wyndham Garden that’s a couple of blocks away.
The hotel public areas could use a bit of cleaning and sweeping though.
Just as I expected, the hotel’s service was awesome. That’s one of the things I love about Guam. Everywhere you go, people are nice and very welcoming. The two reception agents who I interacted with are friendly. I arrived at the hotel before check-in time and my room was understandably not yet available. I stayed at the lobby, enjoying the free internet access while they tried to make sure that my room is cleaned and ready. They checked me in at exactly 3:00 PM, fuss-free!
Value for Money: (5/5)
Their rates are very reasonable and are attractive to budget travelers. Although not being in a more accessible location is a negative point for some, I think they have provided enough options and added convenience to their guests to compensate.
Overall Experience: (5/5)
We were very pleased with our recent stay at the Days Inn by Wyndham Guam and would definitely keep it on my list of preferred hotels. The location may not be ideal for most tourists, but if you don’t mind and will be renting a car anyway to go around Guam, then definitely consider staying here instead.
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