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Facilitated a possible scam and crime!!!!
Posted by TamiS on 10/11/2011
5488 INN RD, ALABAMA -- We stayed at a Motel 6 in Alabama on a drive cross country. At 2:00 A.M. a call was put through to our room (obviously without the operator verifying which party/name the caller was trying to reach). The man identified himself as Ron, the Night Manager/Auditor there at the hotel. We were sleeping and obviously disoriented. He said there was a problem with our credit card and we needed to come to the office immediately. My husband got up sleepily and started to get dressed to go down to the office, but I maintained they could deal with it in the morning as it was cold and in the middle of the night. We went back to sleep to be awakened 15 minutes later by the phone again. This time the man stated "you said you would come down to the office to get this taken care of and you haven't. Either you come down or I will have security escort you off the premises". This worried my husband and angered me. I called the front desk and a woman answered. I asked for the night manager and it was a "Debbie". I asked about the name Ron and they didn't know anyone by that name. I asked why two calls were put throught to our room at that time of night and the operator said she figured they knew us.

The next morning we complained to the office as we figured out that it was probably criminals who sit in parking lots and call rooms to lure people out in the middle of the night unsuspecting. I was concerned that if my husband had gone out they could have robbed him or killed him. They obviously were watching our room or wouldn't have known we didn't go out and head to the office. THIS IS A WARNING AS WELL AS A COMPLAINT!

The motel staff was not concerned in the least when we talked to them the next day. They didn't call in the police department or give us any assurance they would address this attempted scam/crime. I wrote to corporate and was given a pat on the head so to speak that they are concerned for safety of their customers and appreciated my notification. If this motel doesn't care anymore about their customers and will put through any random caller at all hours, we are NOT interested in ever staying with them again. Be Aware!!!!

     
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Posted by bhskittykatt on 2011-10-11:
They shouldn't be putting calls through to your room unless the caller knows the name of the person registered to the room. As a motel clerk, this is drilled into our heads during training.

They should also have their "auto-attendant" off at night (which allows you to simply enter the room number you are dialing when you call the motel).

This unfortunately is a common scam which you need to watch out for while travelling. At my motel, we've had to keep our phone's auto-attendant off during the day as well because we get so many scammers and prank callers that harass out guests.

I'm not sure what you want the motel to do, though, other than apologize and ensure it won't happen in the future. What are you looking for from Motel 6 to make things right?
Posted by Kris10 on 2011-10-11:
Did you file a police report as this is something they should be aware of in that area apparently?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-11:
Great advice, Kris10.

And just one more reason not to stay at motels.
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-10-11:
great review TamiS.

hopefully you will save someone else from the same thing, and possibly a worse fate.

very helpful review!
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-10-11:
Ok, so they didn't call the police. Why didn't YOU? You would have to be the one to file the complaint.
Posted by lexophiliac on 2011-10-11:
It could have been a prank perpetrated by bored motel staff either on or off duty, or someone not connected with the motel at all playing games. Many motel/hotels only require the room # to put calls through. In the future, you can request no calls after a certain time of night.
Posted by chrissiann on 2011-10-14:
Thank you for warning us! I will tell my mom because she likes staying at motels during her travels. I would like to call the cops if that happened to me and then set up a sting operation if you will. Have the cops show up without their lights, then exit my hotel room with baseball bat or pepper spray.
Posted by jpr_jpr on 2011-10-14:
Did this in fact get reported to the local police? It seems patently obvious to me, especially after the front desks attitude, that some of motel employees must be participants in this dangerous scam.
It's not Motel 6 that needs to compensate you but this particular motel's owners.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2011-10-14:
I had a similar situation a few times, although it did not involve arrest threats or extortion. I spent the night at a roadside (non-chain) motel in Fairmount, West Virginia while on a road trip. The motel was a bit rundown, but was within walking distance to a gas station and a 24-hour supermarket (I think it was a Kroger.) The motel room's window was covered by a bedspread instead of drapes, and there were no blinds on the window. At 2:00 in the morning the telephone rings in my room, with the caller asking for a certain person. In my grogginess, I explained that I was just spending the night-that I don't know such a person. The phone hasn't rang since, but I had trouble sleeping due to that phone ringing, as well as bright light from the gas station shining near my window. I wonder if that motel has transients renting rooms by the week or month, in addition to catering to travelers...I know that a lot of older motels (as well as some chains) would do this. I replied in another post about a Days Inn in Dayton, OH that shelters homeless and disability/SSI clients. Lastly, I stayed at another rundown motel in Columbus, OH...at 6:00 in the morning somebody knocks on my door... I'm in my underwear, groggy, answering the door, and it was a guy trying to sell marijuana. I politely told him no. From that point I wanted to check out. As I was taking my packages to the car, I noticed what was probably the same guy, sitting in front of a basement room, in a chair, fondling himself. I was glad I got out of there...that was the worst "motel hell" experience I ever had.
Posted by bruce2954 on 2011-11-20:
If you don't want to be disturbed, take the phone off the hook. No one should have the right to call you after hours. That's what you're paying for. If you don't know anyone there, there's no reason to open the door.
Posted by Rain on 2011-11-21:
The police won't do anything about it anyway. I doubt the hotel staff did it. Those chain hotels only have one person working at night. Strangers will call trying to fish out credit card numbers from you. Many hotels they can call straight to your room by just putting in a random room number and bypass the front desk completely.
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Know Before You Go
Posted by Shake_xit on 01/10/2012
SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI -- I have been working at a franchised Motel 6 location for nearly three years now. I have just about seen and heard everything. A lot of people who stay at a Motel 6 just don't know what to expect going in.

* We do NOT offer breakfast (and were only supposed to serve coffee until 10). That goes for ALL Motel 6s. Any of them caught serving breakfast can be fined.
* There are no hairdryers, ironing boards, or coffee makers in the room
* We allow pets. We try and leave some rooms completely pet free, but when you don't tell us you have pets that makes it hard.
* Many Motel 6 are owned by foreigners, and there is nothing wrong with that. Should they speak English? yes. Do they? Mehh there is a 50/50 chance with that.
* From the moment you check in you have FIFTEEN minutes to decide if you are staying there. After the fifteen minutes are up I am no longer able to give you a full refund. Call corporate, they will tell you the same thing.
* On the same note... If you are dissatisfied with your stay, threaten to call corporate. If they still don't give you a partial refund, go ahead and call. GMs are charged $50+ for complaints.
* Concerning the WIFI.. Yes are modems are out of date, but I have never had a problem connecting. I tell customers that we only guarantee service in the lobby, because I know it works in the lobby.
* A/Cs and heaters are turned off during the day as to save energy, so yes your room will be hot in the summer and cold in the winter.. give it ten minutes and your a/c heater should be fine.
* Don't use the ice buckets. just don't do it.
* ..bugs.. yeah they do happen. but we do everything in our power to get rid of them. I never put people in a room that I know has bug problems, or that have just been sprayed.

If you have a problem I strongly urge you to notify the front desk. But do not scream at us. We are just workers doing our jobs. We usually can't do anything other than switch your room. If you want to yell at someone save your frustration for a manager who has power to do something about it.

I guess what I'm really trying to say is, if you are spending $50 a night don't expect the same experience as you would get paying $100. We cater to the people who can only afford $50 a night rooms. That is a variety of people. We get strippers, hookers, drug dealers, felons, murderers, rapists, and rednecks... Not often, but it does happen. If that doesn't sound like something you can deal with, there is a Super 8 right down the street.
     
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Posted by Cwazychicken on 2012-01-11:
Im sorry but i have to say i am one of those people who had horrible luck, and it was at one in st louis. I once went to a motel 6 to stay for a night but ended up turning right around because there was hair in the bathtub, and it was not very clean. Luckily, motel 6 was nice enough to refund my money and i went to stay at a better hotel. Also, it gave me the creeps, kids were staring at us really oddly, like they were watching us. the one i went to was in a rough neighborhood. Don't get me wrong, it was cheap but ended up paying about 30 bucks more for a nicer place that was more secure. Rather not take my chance at a place that get hookers, murderers, drug dealers and more.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-01-11:
This is an excellent review of Motel 6. You should send this to the corp office and ask them to consider adding it to the website as an employee's personal account of what a typical stay at any Motel 6 is.
Posted by Retired Trooper on 2012-02-10:
I am so glad I have a motorhome -
Posted by FREAKAHLEAK on 2012-02-12:
GREAT REVIEW!!My wife is a hotel snob!(I'm just a husband!!!)We would keep driving if our only choice is a hotel with a # included in the name.We always inspect the room before check-in period. We "inspect what we expect"!!!
Posted by huskermom83 on 2012-02-13:
Wow! What an awesome Review!!! God Bless you for having the balls to say the honest Truth!!!

we here in the midwest, SD, have a Motel 6 here, and I must say, it is Not in the best part of town and the maids/house-keeping,are Not the cleanest, or nicely dressed/kept. If ya follow me
sad, but true....you get - what you pay for!
Posted by Jessie on 2013-07-15:
Yes. Great explanation!
This comment of yours should definitely be put up on Motel 6's website so that people know what they are in for before they stay.
I've stayed in several Motel 6's l around...and everything you said is true lol
You DO get what you pay for.
Posted by offmy rocker for staying on 2013-07-25:
Got scabies in one of two places ( Fredrick Md or Pittsburgh Pa ) both motel 6s... Hooker haven along some dowm low guys in Pttsburgh fleas dark and dirty out side ( what we thought were fleas anyhow ... June 15, 16 we stayed at these hotels 15 in Fredricks and 16 in pittsburgh started itchy burning in Pittsbugh and we were offered 50 dollars each as good will offer .. Well well well it's costing us 500.00 in doc and percribe meds alone .. hours of cleaning cost of having to go to laundry every day for past 3 weeks and then there is over counter meds we got itching creams , med powder , allergy pills so on .... The worse is not being able to have family and friends over having to tell them why and not seeing my grand children ! spending 7 to 20 dollars washing the clothes at laundry isn't doing much for my bank accout either .... 54 and 59 and never had this in our lives thank you motel 6
Posted by Mikk on 2013-08-03:
I work at a motel 6 and I am so glad to see someone speak up .and another note they discriminated against employees that are not Mexican . Very sad
Posted by Mom of 3 on 2013-12-21:
Just to let you all know the motel 6 in Odessa , TX was remodeled and is 90$ / night... I stayed there for two nights and the room looks alot better than before they remodeled but still 90$ is still too much!
Posted by vivian gordon on 2014-04-06:
i have had several reservation at the motel6 on brooks road in Memphis tenn it is ridiculous that you cannot get clean towels you have to wait 2 to three hours for clean towels and they half ass clean your room so they need to tell their guess to bring your on towels when coming to Memphis. this is the kind of mess that gives Memphis a black eye when they advertise one thing to get your money. and when they bring the towels they smell bad like they are not washing them they are just pressing the towels.i will not use this motel ever again and I will not recommend it to anyone. this type of service is unacceptable to the public and the health department will be put on notice.
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Motel 6 Corporate Office - Horrific Service
Posted by Armymp8157 on 06/16/2007
JACKSON, MICHIGAN -- In September I stayed at the Motel 6 in Jackson MI. I reserved four days, however ended up staying one day only. I ended up being relieved from military duty earlier than expected. I forgot to check out so I called the Motel 6 and advised I'd be in the next day to check out and my room was vacant. They advised that was fine. I returned to check out. Then I noticed I only got credit for two days of my stay on my credit card, so I e-mailed Motel 6. I got an e-mail back advising to fax my credit card information, which I did. On 10/23 they wrote back advising they could not substantiate the error occured. I e-mailed them back on 10/26 saying "How can you not substantiate that an error occurred? I think it should be quite simple. Your response is concerning at best. Please further investigate this. I stay every month and have stayed every month since December 2001. I will go elsewhere if the one time I have a concern this is how it is handled." I received no answer. On 11/12/06 I sent an e-mail checking the status of my e-mail. I received no response. On 11/16/06 I sent an e-mail and received no response. On 11/26/06 I sent an e-mail and received no response. I've received no response to date. This is probably the worst customer service I have ever experienced.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-16:
Probably because it's Motel 6. They don't have the best prices anymore, shop around.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-16:
When you called to tell them that you forgot to check out and would be back the next day to do so, why did they have you come back at all? If they had your credit card information, couldn't they have just resolved it with you on the phone right then?
It sounds to me like they intended to charge you for two days right from the moment you called. How long past the check out time did you call to let them know you had forgot?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-17:
Well, maybe you would not be charged for two nights if you did not forget to check out. Learn to take respobsibility for your actions.
Posted by Handlers on 2012-01-27:
Amazing Motel 6 has become a hookers paradise. I had them knock on my door in Jacksonville, Meridian, and when I asked if that was going to happen in Hammond, La the girl at the front desk took it as a insult and I said I am a customer I have a right to ask and even explained. Her attitude angered me because she took it personally even though I explained it she told me to get out of her lobby twice. She talked to me like a dog and told me she was going to call the police on me so after seeing the sign on the door when I got "Be back in 5" I knew it was the same old Motel 6 like the other places. I told her to call the police and the said F---Y---back at her. and left. I will not ever have my techs stay there again. We have spent thousands at Motel 6, but no longer. If they want to turn all there places into hooker hotels no business of mine. And I mean that!
Posted by cl on 2012-05-08:
I am staying at a motel 6 in Hilliard Ohio and wish I could afford another long term option!!! The cops are on the property everyday!!! There is a lot a people allowed to stay over and over when they have trashed their room, have parties, don't pay their bill on time or whatever!! Tonight the cops came through with a k-9, several of us were outside talking and were asked to return to our room. They are now back and have a person sitting in a cruiser!! Hilliard Ohio is a community that us upper middle class and I certainly expected better in the area for Columbus I am in. The general manager tends to select who to pick to ask to leave and I don't know how to complain without having to change hotels and move to one that is higher priced or inconvenient!!!
Posted by Nina on 2012-08-14:
I am a corporate person with another company who stayed at the motel 6 1356 Coalinga east on Dorris. I would never stay there again in life the assistant manager has a major attitude and if you stay there they have roaches and it is unsafe to be exact. Please use caution !!!!
Posted by Ej vega on 2012-09-16:
RACIAL PROFILING
Location: Motel 6 Kansas City East - Blue Springs #384,
901 NW Jefferson St, Blue Springs, MO, 64015
Phone: (816) 228-9133, FAX: (816) 228-1619
NIGHT CLERK ON DUTY
Posted by lynnette anderson on 2012-10-24:
we spent a night at your motel 6 in Oklahoma City. The place was a pig sty. Holes in the box springs, dirty sheets, curtains tied to the rods and furniture was broken. We will never stay in another Hotel six.
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NO Refund when hooker breaks in the room next door!
Posted by on 06/02/2004
WEST SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -- Where do I start....

We were in Sacramento visiting some friends and decided not to drive the 3.5 hours home one Saturday evening. We had our dog with us so that typically limits your options but we know that Motel 6 always allows dogs... so we go to the West Sacramento, CA Motel 6. Well at 2:30am I receive a knocking on my door from a woman asking me if she can break in next door and if I would be cool with her doing such.. well from risk management perspective they always say if no one is getting hurt and you don't have to know what you are confronting (some cracked out hooker, in this case) don't argue or fight with them. So I just state, "nope". Hoping that she will just go away but minutes later I hear her throw a rock through the window next door and she starts to invite Johns (prospective customers) into the hotel room. So I call the front desk and explain to them what happened and tell them that I will be checking out immediately and would like a refund. So the next day I email Motel 6 and explain to them my experience and ask for a refund well they don't address the refund at all and send a "canned" apology to me. Therefore I call the West Sacramento, CA Motel 6 and tell them that I still have not received the refund and would like to talk to the manager and everytime the same response, "the manager just stepped out, can I take a message and have him call you back?"... which he hasn't called me back to this day. So again I write Motel 6 corporate headquarters and demand that I receive a refund, they finally send me another letter stating that they can not and will issue a refund. Therefore I will never stay at another Motel 6 and strongly urge others not to as well, they have no customer services or respect for their customers.

     
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Posted by bill on 2004-06-02:
If you were a man instead of a coward you would have called the police and the front desk when the hooker told you she was going to break in. Instead you did nothing until she broke the window and invited "johns" in. Instead of asking for a refund, you should pay the hotel for the broken window.
Posted by TC on 2004-06-02:
amen bill, he might as well been charged as an accessory to a crime.....
Posted by justUNbelievable on 2004-06-03:
I will heed your advice and refuse to do business with them. However, I would have tipped off the desk person about being bothered with asinine requests at the door! Let them stop her in person next time.
Posted by dvsmadcow on 2004-06-03:
Help me to understand this, YOU basically gave your seal of approval to let that hooker break in to the adjacent room to you without telling anyone, and now MOTEL 6 needs to reimburse YOU for what YOU were ok with....get a life!!
Posted by ChowderHead on 2004-06-03:
Someone should arrest you!
Posted by Roger&Out on 2004-06-03:
Motel 6.... W. Sacramento... hooker.... they all go together. No suprise here.
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What an Experience
Posted by Captjewelazcorsairs on 11/21/2013
PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- I arrived at the Phoenix West location at 27th Ave & the I-17 freeway. I was rudely greeted by a woman staring at me, while I gathered my money to pay for the room.

As I exited the vehicle, she promptly turned away. I thought, "Maybe she's got a call." OK. I patiently wait at the checkout window, and she's doing paperwork. It made me think, "WTF?" She then turned to me, after about 3 minutes, and GLARED at me.

I took no offense, and thought maybe she's having a bad day, whatever. I paid for the room and went to settle in. Upon my arrival, I found black hair all over the bed sheets. Gross!

I did my best to strip the bed and clean what I could, I was just tired by then. I went to wash my hands and saw something move out the corner of my eye, a cockroach, not scared at all by the presence of a human. That's when I decided to complain, and get the *** outta there! I made my complaint and left Phoenix for Las Vegas.

Upon my arrival there, I had a free night from Motel 6 from the Phoenix incidents. Check was OK, and I was excited about Vegas, right? Come on! The first night was OK, but the second night they had guest in the room above me.

There are hard wood floors in this establishment. These guys (or gals) decided to stay up until 5am, banging they're feet all over the stiff floor boards. Right above my head, my poor exhausted head. I then called the front desk 3 times to ask them to quiet down, and the attendant just sighed and said, "I'll take care of it." WTF?

I wanted to scream! Eventually, another shift came on, and kicked them out. If you want to bash Motel 6, spread this story.

It's 100% true. Funny thing, I had 2 nights left on my reservation in Vegas, and I just said, "*** it." Thanks Motel 6, Thanks!
     
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Posted by jonthethird on 2013-11-22:
Other then it was free, why stay at a Motel 6 in Las Vegas. You can get a nice room for the same price as most Motel 6s in Las Vegas
Posted by Paul on 2013-11-23:
This sounds a lot like my experience at Motel 6 about 23 years ago. I haven't been back, and won't be.
Posted by bzzoff on 2013-12-11:
There's "NOTHING" wrong in asking to see the room "FIRST". Once they have your $$, you'll not see the cash again unless you can cancel the Transaction on your Credit Card. If's it a debit, forget that!

Don't forget to *itch the Head Corporate Office on line or by phone either.
Posted by Eugene on 2013-12-12:
Never NEVER stay at Motel 6,East Brunswick,N.J. Not only does staff steal from your room, they will actually book your room to another party when you are out of it more than six hours. I prepaid for the week, took the train to Manhattan for a business meeting,and returned to find my room occupied by three people,the maid wearing my shirt,and my bags empty.
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Frauds, Thieves, Criminals, Low lifes, Crooks, Motel 6
Posted by Damon01677 on 11/03/2011
Crooks! Thiefs!
Crooks! Thiefs!
CARROLLTON, TEXAS -- Last Saturday the 29th of October I was on my way to a football game here in Florida when I checked my credit card and debit cards as I usually do. I noticed a funny charge for a Motel 6 and decided to call my bank about it. Bank was closed (of course) so I decided to call Motel 6 where I found out they had accepted my debit card. Oddly, both of my cards were in my possession. I immediately told the lady that this was fraudlent and that they needed to resolve this matter asap.

The little girl on the phone Kelly Stark Guest Relations Specialist assured me she would resolve it, but she had to call her GM and let me know. She really didn't sound enthused, but guess you can't expect much from a 10.00 an hour employee. She called me back and told me they would do nothing. They wouldn't even call the police to do an info report but told me I should. I called Oakland PD immediately and they told me they could do nothing with out an info report. I called TPD (Tallahassee, PD) which told me they couldn't (and I understood that because they have no say in Califorina!) I then called Orlando, PD whom I got a report number from but again could not do anything.

I called the woman back with the number of the OPD report and she still said they could not do anything however the person was staying there still and she refused because she claimed the charge was valid
again.

FAST FORWARD >>> I called Motel 6 corporate offices today (accor) and the woman at the executive offices was rude, uncooperative, and told me it was my problem. Also told me it was not their stance to file any reports which is stupid but hey, what do they care. Granted I would never stay in a roach infested, rat motel (6), so they will never get my money but still they should take care of their possible customers. Avoid going here as they will allow people to use a fake debit card, with no actual card OR ID. When I spoke with the GM there he said it's not his palce to check every ID that comes with the cards however the girl on the phone at the executive offices said they check EVERY ID with out fail. They are crookes, frauds, etc... whatever you want to call it! Avoid their services, avoid their nasty hotels with crooked employees! Hell, stay at a Red Roof in spide at least they are clean and professional.
     
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Posted by damon01677 on 2011-11-03:
I list carrolton, texas as this is their corporate office.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-03:
Did you call your bank on Monday and file a dispute?
Posted by Kris10 on 2011-11-03:
was this motel 6 in Oakland? I don't understand how they can do nothing about it. I have had my card used fraudulently before and I was always told to file a police report. I'm also curious to know if you contested the charge with your bank.
Posted by griffin21 on 2011-11-03:
I understand that you're upset right now, but I feel that all of your anger toward Motel 6 might be misplaced. The crook/thief is the one that used your debit card (information) fraudulently, and you are as much to blame (for not safeguarding your debit card information) as Motel 6.

I had someone tried to use my debit card information to upgrade their entire kitchen. I talked to my bank, and they punted me to the the vendor first, who was very understanding and worked to refund the money.

Good luck with your situation. I don't have a good advice to offer, but I think that being angry and belligerent might not get you far.
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-11-03:
this sounds like a horrible ordeal. you may want to contact your credit card company and dispute the charges. and they can determine where the fraud occurred.
Posted by Skye on 2011-11-03:
As mentioned, you need to contact your credit card company's dispute department. Do it now, don't just let it go.

Posted by ticia232 on 2011-11-03:
"The little girl on the phone"????? I understand that you are upset but was that really necessary?

Dispute it with the bank and ask them to send the Oakland PD, the info especially the fact that you were obviously somewhere else when the duplicate card was used. If this person got a duplicate card, then they probably also have a fake ID with your name and their picture.

Also admins could you please remove the "little girl's" full name from the review.
Posted by wyatt on 2011-12-23:
This scenario demonstrates why you should ALWAYS use a credit card, not a debit card.
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Worst Motel In My 37 Years On The Road
Posted by Lickety Split on 06/06/2009
JOLIET, ILLINOIS -- I rarely stay at a Motel 6 due to information from friends. I stayed 4 nights at the Motel 6 in Joliet, IL and without a doubt it was the worst motel experience of my travels of 37 years. The first night I was awakened by 4 teenage boys playing hide and seek at 0130am. I called the front desk and they said they would take care of the problem. I got a total of 4 hours sleep that night.

The second night I was confronted by 3 young black prostitutes. Later that evening I kept hearing black guys entering and leaving the room next door, slamming the door every time. The third night a black guy mugged a guest and stole evrything from the guests room. There was constant turmoil each evening, the police were called and brought the police dogs.

I called for pizza delivery and the person at the pizza place said they didn't deliver to the Motel 6 because it was too dangerous. There was no coffee pot in the room, the television worked occasionally. The bath towels were so thin that it took 2 towels to dry off. I called the front desk each evening and asked them to give me a wakeup call at 6:00am. They never did call and I over slept each morning causing me to be late for business appointments.

The bed mattresses were thin and uncomfortable and about 1' off the floor,
I have been traveling for 37 years and, without a doubt, this was my worst motel experience.
     
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Posted by Soaring Consumer on 2009-06-06:
Voted helpful, I believe this 100 percent.
Posted by Ponie on 2009-06-06:
'...I kept hearing black guys entering and leaving the room next door, slamming the door every time.' Does a door slammed by a black guy make a different sound from a door slammed by a (insert color) guy? What can you expect from a motel in the ghetto?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-06-06:
Reluctantly I voted helpful as this post has the criteria of giving the location and describing the problem.
However, (and others can vouch for my "non politically correct stance") I don't think that the mention of the race of the characters had any relevance to the complaint.
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-06-06:
this sounds a bit racist to me. in such, i believe about .01% of this.

if the poster has traveled for 37 years, they would have known how to choose a better class of overnight accomodations.
Posted by old fart on 2009-06-06:
It was a Motel 6 for god's sake!
What did you expect?

They get their name from the fact that it used to cost six bucks a night to stay in one of those fleabags..

Most of these joints are little better than a ghetto crack-house!
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-06-06:
this got 7 helpful votes?? for what?
Posted by saj80 on 2009-06-06:
An average hotel now costs $75-100 per night, and I believe Motel 6 is still around $40-50. As with most other things, you get what you pay for. Next time, find a nicer hotel in a nicer part of town. I hope they at least left a light on for you.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-06:
It is too bad that your experience was not a good one, but Motel 6 is not exactly a four star hotel, so I would expect a few issues. Why did you stay all four nights? If I was confronted by anyone, black, white or other, I would have packed up and left.
Posted by HotelStayerr on 2010-03-02:
This is a very racist review and some of your comments, what does it matter what nationality the prostitute or the people slamming the door were. You sound like a picky biggot. Not helpful
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
Why would a seasoned traveler like you ever choose to stay at a Motel 6?
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-03-02:
While the poster makes some comments that can be considered a bit racist, you get the feeling nothing here is untrue. Personally, I think the review is a great warning to anyone planning a booking here.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-03-02:
Ya'll are aware this is almost a year old don't ya?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
Just stay clear of the fat drunk guy in a bath robe on the 2nd story balcony.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-03-02:
though i'll be honest... if you stay in a really cheap motel do not be surprised if it is utilized by prostitutes

"we'll leave the light on for you" - just remember that light might be a red light
>:-)
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
Very interesting review. I do have to say that a seasoned traveler should have been able do a better job even sight-unseen. We all have to do it. One of the things you look at is the Hotel chain. You are apparently a cheap, seasoned traveler. The other thing I try to do is find out if the neighborhood is considered safe. I'm not a seasoned traveler, but I've managed to avoid a situation this bad so far. And I agree there was no need to mention the race of the individuals. This black guy I work with told me so.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
There are motels like this in every urban city.
They aren't hard to spot even before you check in.
It seems that the OP has a phobia of "Black street hustlers" which I don't blame them one bit.
The moment I saw that type of element, I would have gone smewhere else.

My parting question would be were there any "law abiding Blacks" in this dump or did you even take time to notice?
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-03-02:
hell back when i was in my first navy school there was on hotel/motel that was off limits to the navy... mainly because they rented rooms by the hour.

so yeah it was pretty much obvious it was being used for prostitution
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
The had a few of those out here.
Cars, guests, rules, appearance and ownership say a lot about a motel.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-03-02:
location, location, location...be aware of your surroundings.
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Taking A Stand Against Motel 6
Posted by Ladytech26 on 08/26/2010
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YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO -- Is the worst hotel EVER! I paid for a hotel because I was having some family issues on August 24 and handed in my key August 25, the very next day August 26, I see a charge of 125.00 o! I called the motel and talked to a guy at the front desk I asked him what was it for he said probably for a blanket I asked why would they charge me for a blanket and the hotel room he said the blanket that was stolen accusing me of stealing the comforter, which I did NOT TAKE.

When I left it was there so when they noticed it was missing, instead of calling me because they had my number or emailing me because they had my email first I could have come right back and so they could see that I didn't have it or could have asked the people that were leaving at the same time as me and maybe have come with the culprits, or even have a type of surveillance they charged me for a blanket I didn't even steal!!! I have never had to deal with this situation and I shouldn't have to pay for it b/c of this I am 120 dollars in the negative which I needed my money I am struggling college student.

I called the hotel the guy said he would have the owners call me which they never did the desk guy called me!!

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-26:
That is the #1 reason I ALWAYS pay cash when I stay at a motel/hotel. With cash, they have no way to try and scam you. I too often hear of this same scam. If not blankets, it's pillows. Society has become too "plastic" and it comes back to bite you every once in a while. It may seem more convenient at the time, but in the long run it isn't always that way.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-26:
A lot of hotels require a credit card or deposit or you can't check in. A word to the wise- USE A CREDIT CARD not a debit card. You have pretty much no protection with a debit card. If you use a credit card, you can dispute the charge.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-26:
Prince> I travel on vacation every single summer, and I've yet to find a hotel that won't accept cash. They will however require an additional deposit, usually anywhere from $50-$100, but at least that is returned upon check-out. I've even had some radio the cleaning lady and get a verbal confirmation that the room is satisfactory before getting my deposit back, but at least it is taken care of right then and there, and not deducted a week later unexpectedly.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-26:
Ladytech, have you disputed the charge with your bank/cc? I've never ran into this problem, but I always wonder what happens when a customer disputes it? Unless they have proof that you took it, I don't see how the charge would hold up. Good luck! And btw, I doubt a comforter at a Motel 6 cost $125 ...this place sounds like it's just trying to scam its customers any way they can.

Justice, I need to know where you're staying...they actually radio the cleaning lady to check, that's amazing! Every hotel I stay in, and I travel a lot for business, requires a credit card on file. A lot of places won't even accept debit anymore or if they do, they do an automatic hold of $100-$150, and you get that back 3-5 business days later.

Posted by Helpful on 2010-08-26:
I was about to suggest the same thing as JC. Simply stated, if they can't prove you took it, the charge will not stand. Just dispute it.
Posted by ladytech26 on 2010-08-28:
I am disputing it! i contacted the BBB and complained and requested a refund! I am trying my best to fight this!
Posted by Weedwhacked on 2010-08-28:
The BBB? They can't do anything for you.
Posted by ladytech26 on 2010-08-31:
Then who will? I disputed it with my bank also
Posted by ladytech26 on 2010-09-21:
Moved From Other Review: Okay so most of you have responded to my review of Motel 6, so I disputed the charges with my bank and it was declined saying that there were items (instead of an item) missing from my room in which no one has substantial proof and now I'm stuck with an overdraft fee on top of the amount they charged so it my one night stay has turned into lifetime of misery b/c I cannot afford to 125.00 on top 34.00 so it will be eventually submitted to the collections agency which will hurt me even more being that I have no credit!
Posted by bhskittykatt on 2010-11-04:
Have you contacted the Corporate office? I work for the same chain, and we don't charge for missing items at our location. The Youngstown location is a new franchise that was converted, so they may do things differently (I work for a corporate-owned one, so I can't speak for franchises) but it still wouldn't hurt to contact the big office. 1-800-557-3435 is the number you'll want to call to reach them.
Posted by Vera Marie on 2012-01-13:
Another GOOD number to have is the Carrolton office which is a 'burb of Dallas TX, 972-360-9000 the CEO is Jim Amorosia and if you have Linked-in membership you can email him DIRECTLY. Just google that name. Even if it is a franchise, it's their brand name so they DO care, I promise you. I feel so sorry for you on this, the blankets in Motel 6 are just junk, for 120 34$ you could have gotten some REALLY nice bedding. I hope that this helps. THE BBB is just a complaint collection center, they can't do anything and should really be shut down, they are USELESS!!
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I Worked at Motel 6
Posted by Motel6IsGross on 08/09/2010
SANTA MARIA, CALIFORNIA -- I worked at Motel 6 for 5 weeks and quit! they only give us 19 Min's on a room, BUT.. really, they give us "13" Min's. think about that! we have to be clocked out at 3pm SHARP!!! so, leaving us 13 Min's a room. We have NO time for cleaning ice buckets, or toilets, we have NO time to vacuum under beds, hell, half the time, we had no time to make beds! so check your sheets good and wipe toilet first before sitting! ask for new blankets and a shower curtain! clean the remote before touching, chances are, housekeepers don't touch them, as well as the phone! and if your going to tip.. give it to her your self, or the front desk! pretend you know her or something, so she will get it, other wise, the "head housekeeper" gets them all! she checks all the rooms as fast as she can, to get to the rooms before the house keepers, I set 6.00 through out the week in MY ROOMS and every single dollar I put out, she took, not even leaving me a dollar!! so renters "BEWARE!" and people.. if your going to party and leave a huge mess, leave a tip! so it's worth getting in trouble for when we take "19" Min's to clean it. when we need 35 Min's. also..if you call the office because your toilet does not work, yes, be prepared to go to the office and get a plunger!!food for thought.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-09:
interesting.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-10:
Having worked at a motel I know what you are saying is true. On stayovers, you don't change the sheets, you just make the bed. Because of time constraints, I saw maids who did not change them even on checkouts. The head housekeeper ALWAYS scouts rooms and takes tips before the maids get there. It's a good idea to ask for clean bedding when you check in to a hotel/motel. I don't blame you at all for quitting, good for you!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-10:
On your way out of the room, after giving it a 13 minute cleaning, did you leave the light on?
Posted by Motel6IsGross on 2010-08-10:
Sometimes we had no time to turn the lights off =/ no really.. even if you ask for clean bedding, they will just tell you they are. I have worked at many hotels, and you "always" have to hussle! but Motel 6 in Santa Maria Ca. is the worst place I have ever worked! We used to rent two rooms once a year for the week end for our boys and My nieces "just so they could swim all week end when "HOT" I will NEVER stay at a motel 6 again.. I'd rather go homeless! But... if you want to lose some serous weight fast, work here! in 5 weeks, I dropped two pants sizes LMAO.. ((NO JOKE))
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-10:
Motel6IsGross> I think you missed the humor in "leaving the light on".

Nice one T/A!
Posted by DeannaW7 on 2010-08-10:
Yeah I know all about what they do if your toliet doesn't work. The place I stayed at told me to used the ice bucket if I had to use the bathroom. Then they finally gave me a plunger after I refused to use the bucket.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-10:
LMAO thats just fowl. eww....I dont think Im ever going to use an ice bucket in a hotel room AGAIN!
Posted by DeannaW7 on 2010-08-10:
Yeah it was disgusting. I actually posted a review a few months ago about it, if you want to see the whole story.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-10:
I have never stayed at a Hotel/Motel thanks for the tips.
Posted by Motel6IsGross on 2010-08-10:
DeannaW7 Your the reason I mentioned the ice bucket lol.. I read yours. when I was being trained, they showed me how to wipe it out fast with the rag you use to wipe everything else down, "just need to dry it" she said. Sometimes we'd have to clock out, then go back and get the towels we've been "waiting for" alll day, and shuffle them in the rooms. I was always the last one to leave, think they were getting ready to give me "the talk" if you don't speed it up blah blah blah.. been a head housekeeper twice, and we'd have girls that tipsy toed, n we'd have to have "the talk" I went to motel 6 because it's around the corner.

Wallyworld.. not all hotels are like Motel 6 ..some Hotels/Motel give us enough time. but.. you do get what you pay for ..sometimes.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-10:
well I like when hotels give you the little ice bucker liner. Makes me feel a little better wit hthat. I think for now on Im going to just clean the ice bucket myself before I use it LOL!
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Drugs In A Room?
Posted by Jenny318 on 04/27/2009
ESSINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA -- My family and I first checked into Motel 6 on Saturday night trying to get away from everything. The lady at the desk gave us our room number and we went to the room. Meanwhile it is me (who is pregnant) my boyfriend and our 5 year old son. We walked into the room and didn't notice anything at first. I went to use the bathroom and there was poop all over the toilet seat, the door handle was broken on the bathroom door, and then we went to lock the door before we were going to bed and the lock was broken on the door to that. We went to the front office to complain and the lady first told us they can not switch our room. So the guy said he will be on the next shift and he will do it. They gave us a new room, and we went to that one thinking everything was okay, didn't notice anything. The only problem with that one was the light wasn't working near the sink "well motel 6 I guess from you always leaving the lights on, you burnt it out" haha. But thats not the thing... The next morning we wake up and start to get ready and my 5 YEAR OLD SON found a little crack bag on the floor with a little bit of it in there! I was freaking because the first thing that came to my mind, anything could of happened! he could of licked his fingers or did anything! I know motel 6 can't handle what people do in the rooms, but they can handle the rooms being CLEAN!

So we finished getting ready and my boyfriend took the bag to the office while we were checking out, and they didn't do anything at all. I would never ever go there again or recommend someone else going there. That place is so nasty...
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-27:
OMG, no way I would have stayed in any of their rooms after finding poo on the toilet! gag!

I'm glad your son is OK, I would be horrified too!

Next time you want to get away, do a search online, you'll be surprised how many reasonably priced places you can find that are meticulously clean.

Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-27:
You could have sold the crack for some extra money. All kidding aside, I'm glad your son is okay and the hotel should have been more accomodating
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-27:
Bed bugs, poo, drugs, sex toys, gosh what a nasty place to stay at,
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-27:
Anyone who's ever seen Essington would understand... I'm suprised there wasn't still a meth lab bubbling away when you checked into the room.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-27:
I'm not sure that you wouldn't find this kind of thing at any Motel 6 any where. They are just that kind of place.
Posted by wyatt1881 on 2009-05-04:
I believe Motel 6 was sold to a French company years ago, and now, in many locations, the rooms are even more disgusting than ever, if that is possible.
Posted by Marine 63 on 2009-05-14:
and then we went to lock the door before we were going to bed and the lock was broken on the door to that.

Let me get this straight, you stated that there was poop all over the toilet seat, but in your words above the lock to the main door was broken, so what your saying even though there was poop on the toilet seat you were going to lock the door room if it were working properly and go to bed in a room with poop all over the toilet seat.
I don't know about that, but are you sure you weren't on crack yourself before entering the room. Sorry, but I wouldn't have stayed in that room with poop on the toilet seat or nonetheless in that hotel for the night.
Posted by Stormyann on 2009-07-09:
I am so glad your son is ok. I just wrote a review on Motel 6 myself. The room I was in had pee and I mean old pee on the floor all around the toilet and trash in the can from someone else. I tell you that is so gross. Trying to get anyone to help with rectifying this is a joke in itself. They call them guess relations "specialist". Right....specialist of what??
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