Business Spotlight: Tip Top Motel

Visitors in Hettinger looking for a central place to stay close to downtown will find a welcoming bed at the Tip Top Motel.

Frank Turner

The motel has been a staple in Hettinger for over fifty years, giving Adams County visitors a safe and comfortable place to stay during different events like weddings, rodeos, and reunions. According to Tip Top Co-manager Kayla Hillegas, it’s not uncommon for most of the rooms to fill up, especially during large events like opening pheasant week.
“Hunting season is our biggest time of year,” said Hillegas. “We fill up completely every year.”
Locally, The Tip Top Motel is known for its amenities. Each room has a flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. The motel also supports a complimentary continental breakfast for patrons every morning.
Just recently, the motel expanded into a second building. The expansion provided the motel more rooms for longer-term residents. In total, the motel has 24 rooms for short term stays and five new rooms for more permanent individuals looking to stay for weeks or even months.
Hillegas explained that the motel’s owner bought and renovated Hettinger’s old insurance and tax agency building to make more extended stay rooms specifically catered to people working temporary jobs in the area.
“The new apartment style rooms are for temporary workers, like the windmill workers and bee farmers who stay in Hettinger for three to six months at a time,” she said. “The rooms are made to be like a home away from home.”
In addition to adding a whole new building, the Tip Top Motel also underwent a major remodeling to most of its rooms. The managers installed new floors, revamped the light fixtures, and modernized the rooms.
“The rooms really improved,” said the other co-manager, Core Frechette. “They look fantastic compared to what they were. The difference was night and day.”
Hillegas said that she was particularly excited about improving the rooms with new kitchenettes featuring a range and full sized fridges. Since the renovations, the motel has received higher online reviews.
“We surprise a lot of guests,” said Frechette. “There are people who haven’t visited the Tip Top in years who are shocked to see the improvements.”
Even though the Tip Top has gone through recent renovations, Hillegas said that they are working towards adding even more to the extended stay rooms.
“We are working towards making the extended stay rooms more comfortable for the people living here,” she said. “If all goes according to plan, we hope to add a pet park, a lounge, and coin operated laundry systems.”
Through the years, Hillegas said the Tip Top Motel has continually improved, making it a hidden gem off the beaten path of Highway 12.
“We look old on the outside,” said Hillegas, “but you would be pleasantly surprised about the inside.”

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