- “In fact, I highly recommend the inn, particularly if you find your HP running low. Just drop on INN! Ho ho!”
- —Toadsworth, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
An inn is a place where Mario and his partners, for a small fee, can go to sleep so that their HP, FP (or BP in the Mario & Luigi series), and, exclusively in the first two entries of the Paper Mario series, SP, will be completely refilled. The price varies by location; inns located in places visited later in the game usually have higher prices. They make appearances in most of the Super Mario RPGs, and games with similar elements.
In Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, inns are generally distinguished by a spinning star sign. The inns at Marrymore and Nimbus Land offer extra services or goods (usually netting the player a rare item, or at least granting a chance of getting one) in exchange for an additional fee.
Similarly, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Super Paper Mario feature several inns which throw in an item as a bonus. In the former, if Mario sleeps in the inns fifty times, a Cameraman Lakitu will arrive out of nowhere, congratulate him, and give him two hundred coins. Inns in these two games are always marked with a bed sign, but are much less prevalent in the latter game (only appearing in Flipside and Flopside), due to the frequent availability of ? Blocks containing HP-restoring Mushrooms (and their stronger variants).
Paper Mario's Toad Houses serve the same function, with the main difference being that they are free of charge, and in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, the player can stay for free if Mario has an Inn Coupon in his possession.
There are two inns in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: one in Pi'illo Castle and the other in Wakeport. Both of these inns cost ten coins to stay in, and fully recover Mario and Luigi's HP and BP. Each time Mario and Luigi stay at the Wakeport inn, they are given one item by the owner in the following order: a Mushroom, a Taunt Ball, a Syrup Jar, a Boo Biscuit, and a Nut. After giving the last item, the owner no longer gives items to Mario and Luigi if they stay at the inn again.
Names in other languages
- Super Mario RPG Japanese instruction booklet, page 18.
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Italian e-manual, pag. 12