Rodeway Inn is a chain of economy-priced motels in the United States and Canada. Rodeway Inn is a brand of the Choice Hotels group. There are over 150 locations in North America. The hotels are often located in or near popular tourist destinations and are known for providing guests with attractive rooms at a great price. Guest amenities include free local calls, a free weekday newspaper, long distance access, and complimentary morning coffee. The chain was organized in Phoenix, Arizona in 1962, by Michael Robinson and his son-in-law, Joe Simmons, and was called Rodeway Inns of America. Robinson had been in the motel business since 1951, when he opened the Flamingo Motor Hotel in McAllen, Texas, and later joined Chicago restaurateur Marion Isbell and other investors in organizing Phoenix-based Ramada Inns in 1954, where he served as managing director until resigning in 1962 to organize Rodeway Inns. Early Rodeway Inns typically featured colonial-style architecture somewhat similar to Ramada Inns of that era, but on a smaller scale as Rodeway Inn properties often had fewer rooms (less than 100) than Ramada, most of whose hotels were larger properties with 100 or more.
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