Times are tough and travelers are changing their hotel spending habits. Some seek bargains at Hotwire or Priceline. Others downgrade the quality of their motels and hotels by using budget chains like Motel 6, in order to save money.
Motel 6, the most well-known low-cost motel chain, has a mixed reputation. With this Motel 6 review, these pros and cons and tips for booking should help you decide.
Above, chic and contemporary designs in new and remodeled rooms are changing Motel 6's “cheap” image and garnering great Motel 6 reviews. It helps that the owners until 2012 were French. In spite of the changes, Motel 6 remains the lowest cost national chain.
By this, I mean guests tend to go to bed early for an early start on their drive in the morning, just what you may want on a long road trip. At these locations, few vehicles remain in parking lots after 8:30 a.m.
Well-behaved pets are allowed, wtih one per room not left alone in room and on leash or properly carried outside room. (Also, a possible disadvantage listed below.)
Motel 6 still has many locations that need renovation. The room above gets a good Motel 6 review for cleanliness and a comfortable bed, but the dated carpet and TV give it a tired look. “Tips for booking” and “New and remodeled Motel 6 locations” found below show you how to identify what you will experience.
Seniors 60+ get 10% off. Kids 17 and under stay free in same room as parents. Weekly rates are available. International Student Identity Card holders receive a discount. Put that you qualify for one of these discounts in the comments section on the reservation form and then make sure the receptionist notices at check in.
To find locations, enter just a state name on the Motel6.com reservation form and click on submit. This brings up a state map and a list of cities that have a Motel 6. In the descriptions, note the ones marked “New” like the one shown above or “Refreshed” (remodeled).
Locations called Studio 6 offer fully equipped kitchens and are usually located near major employers.
"Least expensive national chain" does not always mean inexpensive, just less than others in a particular locale.
In season, Motel 6 locations in Santa Barbara run $150 or more per night on weekends, hard to believe, but still less than other chains.
When possible, plan to stop in less expensive towns. For example on a road trip across Arizona, motels in far less well-known Holbrook cost considerably less than in Flagstaff down the road.
In the case of Santa Barbara, check nearby Carpinteria or Goleta.
Be sure to look for new and refreshed (remodeled) locations on Motel6.com. These have done much to promote positive Motel 6 reviews.
Ones marked "New location" come in 2 types:
Newly built by Motel 6, with modern décor,
Purchased in good condition and given new paint and carpets when needed.
For example, the Motel 6 in Metropolis, IL I stayed at during September 2012 looked like a Comfort Inn and came with Comfort Inn furniture in perfect condition.
The changes I noticed were the price, an Internet rate of $35.99 instead of the former $79 or $89 or whatever, the fresh paint, and the typical lack of facial tissue and shampoo at Motel 6. With higher occupancy, the chain can make money with these lower rates.
New and refreshed ones are my favorites, as well as the Motel 6 in Weed, CA along the I-5 Interstate, which offers spectacular views of Mount Shasta.
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