The Sleepy Bear mascot has come to symbolize reliability, comfort and convenience for travelers on a budget.. In Short Since 1939, this chain hotel has been associated with affordable down-home accommodations. Famous for its customer-comes-first attitude, the property guarantees a relaxing stay. Well-suited for families and business travelers, clean rooms are stocked with many comforts, including in-room coffee, free local calls and calling-card access, cable TV and shampoo. Guests may also enjoy a complimentary weekday lobby newspaper, free incoming faxes and a selection of toiletries at the front desk.