Budget Hotel Pick: Motel 6 Gets a Fresh New Look

Motel 6 New Look
Motel 6

An old budget hotel icon just completed a giant makeover. You may know Motel 6 is a budget hotel chain, but have you checked out its new look?

You may already be aware that Motel 6 offers the lowest prices of any national hotel chain, but you may not know of the big changes that have been taking place over the past few years.

Motel 6 in a Nutshell

When the lights came on at the first Motel 6 in 1962, in Santa Barbara, California, the brand's name touted the cost for a room back then was just $6. Today, Motel 6 is a budget leader with over 1,300 company-owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. Room prices, billed as the lowest in the country, are often still less than $50 a night.

What's New at Motel 6

The company spent several years and more than $300 million renovating properties and rolling out a brand new look in its guest rooms, and today more than 75 percent of Motel 6 properties have renovated rooms with a vibrant color scheme, pillowtop mattresses on platform beds, 32-inch flatscreen TVs, granite countertops in the bathrooms, storage cubbies, and more.

Families will also appreciate the "kids stay free" policy and that pets are always welcome.

Note that Motel 6 has not raised rates after renovating its properties.

Explore Motel 6 properties in the USA

Studio 6

Since 1999, Motel 6 has operated Studio 6, a chain of extended-stay hotels that offer larger rooms and more amenities than a standard Motel 6, along with a full kitchen (with a full-sized refrigerator, coffeemaker, toaster, microwave oven, electric cooktop and a set of dishes and utensils). Like Motel 6, Studio 6 allows pets. Studio 6 hotels are located in 15 U.S. states and Canada.

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