Review: Country Inn & Suites Dixon – UC Davis, a solid mid-scale choice

The Country Inn & Suites Dixon is a road-side hotel of California’s I-80 from San Francisco to Sacramento. It offers a large, clean room in good condition. You get a solid breakfast, friendly service and good amenities, including a pool, gym and laundry room. I liked the thoughtful touches in the room that made it feel a little more upscale and at the price of $109/night, it was great value compared to available competitors. If you need a hotel in the UC Davis/Dixon area, the Country Inn Dixon is a good choice. If you have never stayed at a Country Inn before, it’s worth checking out!

Location: The Country Inn & Suites Dixon – UC Davis is located off Interstate 80 from San Francisco to Sacramento, at the CA-113 interchange near the university town of Davis. It’s easy to find and close to a Walmart, a number of fast food places, gas stations and the excellent Cattlemens Steak House. While it is in the middle of nowhere, it’s a convenient stop on a California road trip. We are on our way from Reno, Nevada, to San Francisco and visiting family in the area, requiring a one-night stop over.

Service: Staff at check-in was professional and had us checked in quickly. We got some (great) tips for dinner and the needed information about hotel amenities.
Housekeeping had done a good job preparing our room and everything was clean, well maintained and in good working order.
The restaurant staff was on top of their task and kept the breakfast buffet stocked and tables clear.
Check-out was just as quick as check-in and the agents recognized us for my Radisson Rewards Gold status, offering the “welcome amenity” before we left.

Room: We had booked a standard King Room and that’s what we got. The room is very large, deserving of the hotel’s “inn & suites” moniker: It’s one, long room with a separate seating area and bed area. The sitting area has a sofa with extra chair, couch table and side table. This is large enough to be considered a “junior suites” in most hotels.

Next to it is the king-size bed, with very comfortable sheets, pillows and comforter. The space around the bed is limited, but worked well for us.

All of it is facing a drawer with TV, a movable side table that doubles as a work desk and a task chair. There is a small wardrobe facing the bed. All of it is held in beige-brown tones, with chocolate colored wood furniture with brushed metal accents. It looks nice enough, neither stylish nor offensive, with good mainstream-appeal.

The bathroom is of good size and has a shower-over-bathtub combination with a partially transparent shower curtain on a curved rod. On the other side is a sink-in-countertop with plenty of space for your toiletries. The toilet is in the center. It’s all held in beige-brown and was clean, but looked like it could use a renovation.

What makes the Country Inn stand out from it’s mid-scale, select service competitors are a number of thoughtful touches. You get a small empty fridge, a microwave and coffee/tea facilities, making longer stays feasible. The bathroom has a full set of nice toiletries and thick towels, a step up from comparable hotels. And the desk has a thoughtful outlet box with a number of power outlets and USB ports for all your gadgets. It’s these little things that have gotten Country Inn & Suites high customer satisfaction scores.

Restaurant & Amenities: The Country Inn & Suites Dixon has a full set of amenities: There is an outdoor pool that’s large enough for lap swimming. You can relax on a few loungers or chairs, although the next-door parking lot doesn’t really spell “resort atmosphere”.

The small gym on the ground floor has a treadmill, a cross trainer and one weight machine, checking the fitness box for the most basic of workouts.

If you are on a longer trip, you’ll appreciate the laundry room with a washer & dryer. It’s coin operated and you can get detergent from the front desk.

The Country Inn Dixon includes a full, hot breakfast in the rate and it’s comparable to a Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn, yet a step up from competing Choice or Wyndham brands. The breakfast room looks like a cafeteria and was big enough for the number of guests during our stay.

You get a good selection of fruit, yogurt, bread and pastries, as well as eggs, meats and make-your-own waffles. As with other select-service brands in the US, it unfortunately comes with one-way plates, so your breakfast leaves you feeling full, yet guilty for the waste…. the restaurant was very busy during our meal, so sorry, no food pictures!

Value & Rewards: We booked the Country Inn & Suites Dixon on a Radisson Rewards member rate of $109/night for a King Room including breakfast, free parking and internet. That 40% less than nearby Hampton Inn or Holiday Inn Express and about 10% more than comparable Wyndham or Choice properties, making it very good value. You can find current prices here!
As a Radisson Rewards Gold member, we earned 2,520 points plus 3,000 bonus points for booking through the mobile app for a total of 5,520 points. I value Radisson Rewards points at 0.3 cents/point for a total reward of $16.56 or a reward rate of 15%! The award price for this hotel is 28,000 points/night (or $84), which would have made this an ok award stay as well  – worth keeping in mind during high-priced times.
There are no upgraded rooms available at this hotel and there was no award recognition at check-in. But the front desk manager did recognize my status at check-out and offered the welcome amenity before we left.

Bottomline: The Country Inn & Suites Dixon offers a large, clean room in good condition. You get a solid breakfast, friendly service and good amenities, including a pool, gym and laundry room. I liked the thoughtful touches in the room that made it feel a little more upscale and at the price of $109/night, it was great value compared to available competitors. If you need a hotel in the UC Davis/Dixon area, the Country Inn Dixon is a good choice. If you have never stayed at a Country Inn before, it’s worth checking out!


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