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Old 08-27-2014, 05:39 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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You get what you pay for.
Not necessarily.

The last time I stayed in a hotel that was $225 a night, it took 2 days of multiple calls and 2 visits to the desk to complain about a loud running toilet before anyone came by to fix it. (jiggling the handle didn't work). The maids would come in and leave fresh towels but drop the wet used ones onto the floor and leave them there. One bed got made up and the other never did. Trash baskets were never emptied.

"Free continental breakfast" consisted of empty coffee urns, no cups, and a small plate with a few crumbs on it that maybe had held a few donuts at one time?

I know it is possible to pay more than $225 a night, but for $225 I think that maybe the trash and wet towels could be removed. But apparently you cant count on getting that done at that price range.
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:18 PM
 
Location: The Cathedral
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I know it is possible to pay more than $225 a night, but for $225 I think that maybe the trash and wet towels could be removed.
So did the manager. You should have spoken with him.
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:22 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I agree. Whether you pay $49 or $110 can make a big difference in the quality of the place you are staying but it also depends on where it is. We have done several road trips this summer and probably stayed at 10 different places, ranging from $70-$159, and all were clean and in good repair. We paid a lot more in Eugene, OR than in Klamath Falls, and even less in Eureka, CA all for similar quality.
Exactly. This is what got my attention. In my town, the Motel 6's are great, and only $40! When planning a drive out to CA, I was checking all the hotels in a certain price range (roughly $85 and under). Most had fairly consistently bad reviews, but not all. And I've made that drive before, I have some experience with the price range. What I don't understand is, why can Motel 6 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque operate nice, clean hotels for $40/night, while Motel 6, EconoLodge, etc. etc., and independently-owned motels, in parts of AZ and CA can't do a decent job even at twice that rate?

It means they're not trying. They're just using those facilities as a cash cow. There's no other conclusion to be drawn.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:11 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Exactly. This is what got my attention. In my town, the Motel 6's are great, and only $40! When planning a drive out to CA, I was checking all the hotels in a certain price range (roughly $85 and under). Most had fairly consistently bad reviews, but not all. And I've made that drive before, I have some experience with the price range. What I don't understand is, why can Motel 6 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque operate nice, clean hotels for $40/night, while Motel 6, EconoLodge, etc. etc., and independently-owned motels, in parts of AZ and CA can't do a decent job even at twice that rate?

It means they're not trying. They're just using those facilities as a cash cow. There's no other conclusion to be drawn.
Motel 6 started franchising in the mid 90s and became very inconsistent, I won't use them except when traveling alone for my side business (rare). Super 8 is all company owned, I think, but are also somewhat inconsistent especially the quality of the free "breakfast." which can be good or horrible. When traveling with my wife, and needing a place just overnight, we have found Best Western, Quality Inn, and Comfort Suites to be the most consistent, decent priced. There have still been some issues even with them in really small, out of the way towns. At our detination we prefer VRBO and renting a house or condo, or a resort hotel that's highly rated on TripAdvisor. It's worth the extra $ if more than 1-2 nights. Oddly enough, when we go to Portland, we stay at a truck stop, the Portlander Inn by Jubitz. Just be sure to stay in the West building, not the east which will be full of truckers and noisy.
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Old 08-27-2014, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Exactly. This is what got my attention. In my town, the Motel 6's are great, and only $40! When planning a drive out to CA, I was checking all the hotels in a certain price range (roughly $85 and under). Most had fairly consistently bad reviews, but not all. And I've made that drive before, I have some experience with the price range. What I don't understand is, why can Motel 6 in Santa Fe and Albuquerque operate nice, clean hotels for $40/night, while Motel 6, EconoLodge, etc. etc., and independently-owned motels, in parts of AZ and CA can't do a decent job even at twice that rate?

It means they're not trying. They're just using those facilities as a cash cow. There's no other conclusion to be drawn.
My daughter works for Motel 6 so, for the past few years, I've stayed in them in my travels. I have to say, without exception, they have ALL been awful! The last one I stayed in was pretty bad. The curtains were so old and bad you could SEE where the backing was coming off and see daylight through the holes. And every single one of them has had an inoperable bathtub drain stopper! I have a shower only at home so when I travel I try to take advantage of the tubs and get in a nice long soak with some good smelling 'stuff'. I have to end up using a wash cloth to stuff in the drain to keep the water in. And those places haven't been exactly cheap either. Another one I stayed at didn't even have any soap in the bathroom but that didn't bother me because I take my own body wash. I don't think I'll be staying at any more Motel 6's. I've given them tons of 'chances' over the years. I've stayed in these places in AZ, CA, NV and OR. Even the one in Reno wasn't so great. Or the one in Vegas either although it HAD just been redone not long before. Except for the bathtub drain stopper. A lot of them only have showers too.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:04 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Yeah, there are still seriously problems in some motels, like safety, food handling, etc. However, who will should deal with these bumps?
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:19 AM
 
Location: The Cathedral
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Motel 6 is a chain of BUDGET motels. Maybe spend a few extra bucks and aim a little higher. People are otherwise getting what they are paying for.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:33 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Motel 6 is a chain of BUDGET motels. Maybe spend a few extra bucks and aim a little higher. People are otherwise getting what they are paying for.
Spending twice the amount doesn't get the customer anything better. That was the point in my post. And I'd formed a very good impression of Motel 6, due to the good quality of the ones in NM and Flagstaff, AZ. "Budget" doesn't necessarily have to mean "fleabag".
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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Just check really good for Bedbugs, and DON'T use the blankets or bedspreads......they get washed about once a year.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:19 AM
 
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If I am going to stay in a budget hotel, I try Microtel or Super 8. However, before I book, I always check the Trip Advisor rating. If it has 3.5/5 rating, it generally works out alright.

Generally, I can get a 3-3.5* hotel on Priceline for the price of a Motel 6 so I do that instead.
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