Great Fueling Layout
Plenty of Amenities
Showers need attention
Staff is often too busy
A mile from interstate
All in all, not a bad place to stay! It's still on my list of favs throughout the midwest. Now, if they'd just get the shower stuff worked out.
Great Stop In The Middle Of Nebraska
If you spend much time driving over the road through the midwest, you’ll need a place to stop along Interstate 80 through Nebraska.
Along that great expanse of flat interstate highway… oh, about halfway between North Platte and Lincoln, is Grand Island, Nebraska. There are several truck stops within a few minutes of each other here, but my current favorite is the Bosselman Travel Center about a mile north of I-80 exit 312, along U.S. Highway 281.
I’ve had some mixed feelings before about the Bosselman truck stops, so I’ll share some facts along with my impressions, to let you know why the Grand Island location got 4 stars from Truckers Survival Guide.
You won’t have a hard time finding ways to spend your time and hard-earned money at the Grand Island Bosselman Travel Center. In addition to a large general store area, there’s a vapor shop, arcade, driver’s lounge with billiards & several televisions, movie theater, a massage parlor, laundromat and chiropractic clinic all inside. Oh, and a full-service Boss Shop for your rig across the parking lot, too.
Bosselman has a whopping 400 parking spaces for trucks, including plenty of room for oversize rigs and spots to tuck-in your bobtail. The parking spaces are a combination of diagonal stalls in the middle with plenty of straight-in-backs near the outer perimeter. The parking lot is kept pretty clean, too.
Even when I’ve arrived late at night, I can find somewhere to easily park my truck to get some rest. The only time I’ve had any issue finding ample parking here is during a bad winter storm, when Interstate 80 is getting scary-slick or is closed altogether.
I can’t remember the last time I had to wait in line to fuel at the Grand Island Bosselman. You’ll find 15 fuel lanes with DEF at the pump. They generally have decent squeegees & fresh buckets of water to clean the bugs & grime from your windshield.
What I particularly like about the way Bosselman laid out their fuel area here is the double-length pay lanes ahead of the pumps. This drastically minimizes any wait to pull forward to pay or get a fuel receipt & coffee, etc., after you’ve fueled.
It’s a nice setup with plenty of room.
The restrooms are large enough that I’ve not had to wait to take care of business. While they are usually stocked well enough & appear clean compared to so many other places, I do have to say it’s hard to miss the “restroom odor”. I’ve commented on this to the staff in the past & hope someday they’ll get the message.
Showers are located upstairs. There are 22 and the ones I’ve used seem spacious enough. You’ll find shower kiosks (or one, anyway) inside the main entrance near the fuel desk and they do take your Flying-J/Pilot shower credits.
Here is where I have to rant a little, and aside from the restroom odor, here’s the main reason I can’t rate this location any higher.
I’ve showered here many times. A few times, I’ve had no issues, but the last 4 times, there had been no bathmat, then no washcloth, then no wash cloth or bathmat, and finally – no towels or washcloth. The showers have also seemed to be progressively dirtier. I’ve filled out comment cards & talked with staff about this a couple of times but I’m left with the feeling they really are too busy to care about silly things like a clean towel in the shower I either pay for or use shower credits on.
The food options at this location are nice. While the “hot deli” is limited and the offerings are, well, not that great, there is also a Little Caesar’s and a Subway inside the travel center on the main floor.
I was especially excited to see they finished the remodel of their sit-down restaurant, “Quaker Steak & Lube”, last year. I would absolutely recommend you eat here. It’s nothing like the typical Country Pride and a lot better than any Denny’s. The atmosphere is fun, the menu offers an enticing variety and the portions are large at reasonable prices!
There always seems to be a lot going on at this Bosselman / Pilot. While I see a lot of staff standing or walking around doing stuff, there seems to be a sad shortage of folks working the registers so that we, who would like to get in & out quickly, can pay and get back on the road.
All too often, I find myself standing in line to pay for my coffee, behind several other people, while 1-2 registers are staffed and several are closed, while I can see staff talking or visiting or something in the back. I can’t claim to know how to run a truck stop, but I’d like Bosselman to do something to change how this appears to customers.
Overall, the staff appears to be average in the area of motivation and they’re friendly enough.
In a Nutshell…
Six Flags or any number of other places would be a much better place to take your 34-hour restart, but if you got stuck in the middle of Nebraska for for some reason, this Bosselman Travel Center will keep you well-fed, clean and entertained.
Most of the time, we just want to fuel, park, shower & sleep. Bosselman has us covered there and, personally, I have no qualms about driving a mile off the beaten path to pull in to this truck stop for that.
The new restaurant is my favorite part of this place and a huge improvement over what was here before the remodel. Now, if they can just get the shower situation tuned up (towels are really nice to have after a shower), I’d be tempted to award a higher TSG rating!
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