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The Disappearing Daystop

by on Apr.13, 2011, under Odds and Ends

Daystop LogoThe traveling public may not miss Daystops—likely because they never noticed them in the first place. Though many adults reminisce about childhood vacation stays at roadside Holiday Inns or under the orange roof of Howard Johnson’s, few have fond recollections of a Days Inn, much less a Daystop. With its first location having opened in 1970, Days Inn is something of an inter-generational brand. Founded about fifteen years after Holiday Inn and Howard Johnson’s set the standard for highway-bound family motor inns in the fifties and about fifteen years before modern limited-service competitors like Comfort, Hampton, and Fairfield appeared in the eighties, Days Inn links both of these disparate conceptual eras, with the Daystop brand being one intriguing detour along the way.
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