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  • #16
    "I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6, and we'll leave the light on for you." ... "Oh and don't let the bed bugs bite!"
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    • #17
      Originally posted by JBOYLE View Post
      As far as the the room, I figure people stayed in worse, heck I spent a month in a 10' X 8' windowless trailer on a cot in the Egyptian desert and survived, so its relative.
      Do you remember when Motel 6 didn't accept credit cards or reservations, and the black & white TV cost $1.49 extra???

      Craig

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      • #18
        Originally posted by JBOYLE View Post
        It all depends on the owner.
        'nuf said. I have stayed at more Motel 6s in more States then I can remember. Most recently last month. Some are in sad sad shape- others are brand new or recently remodeled. And that might be the problem with this chain- you never know what you're gonna get unless you've stayed at that particular location before!!! Luckily for me I have had mostly good luck, so I look for them first.
        Maybe my standards are lower then everyone elses'? I blame it on the NAVY and those awesome little 2 1/2 x 6 foot racks I got to sleep in during each and every one of my cruises on some of the largest ships afloat.
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        • #19
          Someone mentioned poor quality control by the chain or franchise owned motels with which I agree. Frequently, I will ask if I can inspect the room before I will decide if I am staying. If it is kind of an above average place I may skip that. I usually will recline on the bed briefly to determine if it has a satisfactory mattress. That is where I'll be most of the time while in the room. We just returned from a very nice place in Vermont. I didn't inspect prior and the mattress was not very good. My mistake. I could have asked for a room change, but I didn't. With a better mattress we probably would have stayed longer, as we would have been more rested in the morning. Just an opinion.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by StudeDave57 View Post
            Maybe my standards are lower then everyone elses'? I blame it on the NAVY and those awesome little 2 1/2 x 6 foot racks I got to sleep in during each and every one of my cruises on some of the largest ships afloat.
            The story of vets...we're used to less than ideal circumstances, so we're pretty easy going about stuff. As I like to say "The Marines had it worse on Guadalcanall".
            But hey, that's what we got the big bucks for.

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            • #21
              jboyle, Military Installations retired officer guest quarters are a must when we travel.

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              • #22
                Motel 6 is owned by Accor, a French concern, so you CASOs can tell everyone that you stayed in a fancy French hotel.

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accor

                I have had good luck with Motel 6 but my experience is limited. I used to vacation in Germany quite a bit and would stay at Ibis quite a lot. The newer Motel 6s are remodeled to Ibis color schemes, I have noticed. Ibis is bare bones, but clean, safe, cheap & centrally located. That's all I care about when I travel as I spend very little time in the room.

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                • #23
                  Quite a few years ago I stayed at my first Motel 6 and it was located in Idaho. When I closed the door I noticed a sign which read "our rooms look the same as the expensive rooms when you close your eyes". The room was sparse but clean and indeed when I closed my eyes it looked no different than a Holiday Inn.
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                  • #24
                    I stopped staying at Motel 6's when I found out they were owned by the French. When I'm travelling by myself, I stay at Super 8's. they seem to have the best value for the buck. About the best thing I can say about Motel 6 is that they aren't a Knight's Inn.

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                    • #25
                      i spent a week in a motel 6 one night. el paso, 1986...
                      Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by fstst56 View Post
                        I used to stay there in South Bend during the annual May swap meet, as did many other attendees...Got to be a little scary as the years went on so I switched to more expensive places but found them to be full of Prom Night kids so I've been staying over at Midlebury/Shipshewanna...Noticed there was a new Hampton Inn going up in Midlebury this year so will probably try it next May...
                        That's the Essenhaus. Great place, they even have a cruise in on Thursdays. I'll say though that the "place to be" in South Bend if your'e coming to the May meet (or the International) is the Comfort Suites on the corner of Kern... and that other big road I should know the name of...
                        I think that hotel is changing names by this time next year. It's a clean hotel, close to the fairgrounds, they allow tailgating, and they have a big parking lot. I have no reason to stay there, but that's where I reccomend.
                        Chris Dresbach

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by seadog View Post
                          I stopped staying at Motel 6's when I found out they were owned by the French. When I'm travelling by myself, I stay at Super 8's. they seem to have the best value for the buck. About the best thing I can say about Motel 6 is that they aren't a Knight's Inn.
                          Agree on the Knight's Inn comment. The motel in South Bend on Dixie Way Hwy. was poor when we stayed there a few years ago. Reading the Trip Advisor evaluation suggests not much has changed.
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