PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA -- I wasn't expecting the Ritz. But I draw the line when a valuable possession disappears. I left a cheap shirt and expensive cell phone in my room. It was Christmas morning, I was in a rush, thought I had packed it all. One hour later I call to let the motel attendant know what I had done. He let me know that they found my shirt but there was no phone. He further told me to call the next day and talk to the lost and found. Wow! It didn't take long for them to clean out the room. Looks like somebody got what I paid for. Done with Motel 6 and the clones.
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA -- We are in the room sleeping and some man broke our window. We went down to the office and the lady in would not let my wife in so she could be protected. I said please, please, please and she acted as she could not hear. My wife is sixty years old and now she need help and I hope no one ever have to go through that. When you ask for help you can't get it. Motel 6, everyone please don't stay there. Motel 6 do not care for people, we seen it for ourselves. Please take note, beware of Motel 6. Their ad is a lie, don't you believe it, not safe at all.
KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN -- We just got home after staying at Motel 6 in Kalamazoo, MI. for 3 nights. It was horrible, we reserved a room a few days ahead. The sidewalk was a sheet of ice and had not been salted, my son and niece fell, luckily neither got hurt, called the office, no apology just excuses to why it wasn't salted (the snow and ice had stopped coming down more than 12 hours before so they had plenty of time). They said they would be up to salt it right away, still wasn't done til the next morning.
Our room was filthy, garbage on floor, bugs and hair in the tub. The sheets had not been changed, they were all wrinkled, hair in bedding, and had lipstick on them, as well as burn holes in them. Called office, got switched to new room, should be better. Sheets clean, went to bed. In morning getting kids ready for day noticed the side of box spring was completely ripped open. Not safe when you are traveling with a 2 year old and 4 year old, they could get hurt trying to climb in and out of bed. Had to go though we were late.
We got back that afternoon, room service had been in as garbage was emptied, towels were ALL gone, no replacements, soaps were ALL gone so we can't wash or dry hands. Our nonsmoking room smelled like smoke because the housekeeper smoked while they cleaned, we even saw them doing it in a room near us. So we went down to office this time, talked to manager. We got fresh towels and he sent room service to bring soaps. Also got switched to another new room, was told they are doing renovation that was why bed and bedding were so bad.
Refunded $20 and gave us a bunch of coupons, oh that makes it all better... not. This room actually had clean bedding, although there were burn holes in them and the room was cleaner, not clean but better. The next morning my 4 year was wanting a bath so we went in to get it ready, we barely moved the shower curtain, and the rod fell on my head, thank goodness it didn't hit my 4 year old. I started her water and guess what the tub wouldn't hold the water, the drain plug wouldn't seal.
I called the office... Again, they said "you're checking out today" very happy not concerned as to my head, told them no one more day. They said "Oh... we'll have someone come fix that then" in a disappointed tone. I was so happy to be leaving that place when we checked out. I've stayed many places and never had an experience like this. I will never stay in a Motel 6 again, I'd rather sleep in the car. I don't care if a place is under renovation. I paid for a clean safe room and didn't get it.
EL PASO, TEXAS -- Motel 6 El Paso East #1367. Where do I start off? The musty smell of the room when entering or the knife holes on the walls or the mildew in the bathroom? Well, to start off I travel a lot. I choose Motel 6 for its price and it's close to where I usually end up working. And I have stayed at many Motel 6's across the West. But this time I chose to leave after one night of staying in this dirty room. Dirty being an understatement of course. I'm going to just list off the stuff in this DIRTY room instead of talking about it too much.
I went with 3 other guys that I work with. In their room one of the mattresses was torn up to shreds and was explained to me that they thought either a rat or some cockroaches were going to come out of it. It just looked horrible. We tried to complain about the rooms but 10 min after we checked in the Office was closed and the attendant was unable to be reached. I took pictures of all that I saw in our room #209. No pictures of the other room. It was just BAD Customer Relations to let people stay in a place so dirty.
The next morning we were able to get our money back at 6 am. Only bonus to the stay is that they had hot coffee already made. Do Not Stay at Motel 6 El Paso East #1367. We had rooms 209 and 210.
FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA -- We were just driving through, and were pretty tired; since it was very late already we decided to go for a cheaper motel because we'd only be there may be 7 hours total. Normally, I try to avoid places like Motel 6 because most I have been to are disgusting or located in bad areas. This Motel 6 is no exception to the rule. The room is very musty smelling, with visible mildew throughout the bathroom and baseboards. The front desk employee was pleasant, and did apologize about giving us the wrong room key.
I think they must have a problem with the window sealing, because even with the old 70's a/c unit going on full blast you could feel the air seeping in through the window (and yes, I did check to make sure it was closed fully!) We ended up taking the bed further away from it because it was 17 degrees outside that night. Beds were quite comfortable, actually, and the bedding seemed washed with no stains or bugs in the sheets. That was really all I was concerned about.
I didn't mind it at all for a one night's stay, but I would advise anyone considering a multiple night stay to look for a different motel/hotel; possibly the other Motel 6 on Woodlands. It looks a bit nicer from the outside. The primary reason for this, would be that there are hundreds of trains running through 24/7 and you can hear them all night long blowing whistles. There's a sign about it in the lobby that they won't give refunds, and I believe this is probably the reason why. I'm a heavy sleeper and was only there for about 7 hours, so I wasn't too bothered by it. Hubby and I actually had a few laughs about it.
The room, although smelly and cigarette burned carpet, was fairly clean and I didn't see any bugs or roaches. The sink has some cracking in it and it doesn't seem like they have the option of warm water... it was either scorching hot, or freezing cold. I gave up trying to get a mix for warm water after about 10 minutes. No noisy people hanging around or in other rooms, so that's definitely a plus. We had to look in the phone book in the morning and a napkin had fallen out with some genitalia drawn on it. We had quite a laugh about that before our checkout!
Overall, the room was good for the price we paid and just a short stay. I don't mean for this to be a complaint at all, more of an informative review for those who may be considering staying here for more than a few hours. I can't honestly say that I would stay there again if I were going to be in Flagstaff for a couple days, but it was OK for an overnight. I was just happy to get a comfortable bed and sheets that passed the smell test & dirt/bug inspection in a cheap-o motel.
ROHNERT PARK -- My boyfriend has made use of Motel 6 extensively while working out of town in the Bay Area. I am on occasion his $5 registered guest. The per diem afforded him does little to cover lodging in this "spendy" area. This particular Motel 6 is often short of parking, particularly on the South side... where the landscaping choice (fruiting Plum Trees) and the over zealous leaf blowing landscape team members create yet another concern.
He and I (as well as many other guests) have consistently and repeatedly been instructed by the Motel 6 Staff that it is permissible to park in the spaces immediately adjacent to this area. After we both checked in (around 7 pm) we once again were without parking on 3 sides of bldg... having been assured that it was acceptable for guests to use the adjacent spaces we parked for the evening. He left for work at 5 a.m. and I went to start my car and it wasn't there. Since it was a brand new (still dealer plated) vehicle, I first assumed it to be stolen. I then thought perhaps Motel 6 had inadvertently towed my vehicle, perhaps because it didn't have license plates.
I called the tow company no. on the signs... disconnected. I then called the police no. listed... After speaking with three people I got the word that indeed my car was towed/impounded. They eventually were able to provide me with a valid number for a different tow company. After trying unsuccessfully to reach a taxi service... I called a friend for a ride. In checking my brand new car I noted a 3" scratch... obviously fresh (no dust at all around it). Noted this to driver who of course took no responsibility. I immediately went to Motel office to sort out snafu. They did not authorize tow... It was a business who now claims exclusive rights to parking.
Unfortunately I and the 10 or so other guests were one's caught in the crossfire. I asked the desk clerk to please inform the other guests parked by me that the tow co. was continuing to tow... they were very unreceptive to this. While speaking to the agent authorizing the tows about how Motel 6 had misled all of us... another car was hooked and pulled away. The agent stated she had given Motel 6 ample and repetitive warnings that they were to advise their guests about the new parking policy (I informed her that her process was in violation of the CVC). The signage & placement as well as tow notice were unlawful.
I went back to Motel 6 office and inquired as to if the clerk had reached there guests, she smugly assured me in an affected tone, "YES... I've called every one of them." Another car was being towed. The other towed guests reported that they had not left their rooms for the day, they had no message, and they even used their cell phones to verify that their hotel room phones were functioning.
Motel 6 perpetrated this misery on their guests and wouldn't lift a finger to help. These guests who were towed were headed to jobs, had registered cars, and had to pay a lot of money and it was primarily Motel 6 staff's fault. Even after all this Motel 6 didn't inform their guests about changes to parking preferences. In the next 2 days, myself and my boyfriend advised and redirected dozens of newly arrived and parking guests from the disputed parking area. Motel 6 cancelled our reservation after the manager overheard a woman thanking me for informing her as she parked the night before.
Pretty ironic that Motel 6 was clearly in the wrong and yet I was the one being punished... I have my civil small claims court case pending with the agent who authorized the unlawful tow as well as the tow truck driver. My only recourse with Motel 6 is to speak out, post reviews, and many calls to customer relations for Motel 6... I'm active with all three. Pretty sad when a guest who has spent $7,000 in a year on room charges, had no negative incidences against them, had their car towed unlawfully, tried to do right by her fellow guests is the one who gets the toughest treatment.
My advice... for $15 more on average you can stay at the Best Western, free WiFi, complimentary breakfast, conveniences like fridge/blow dryer/microwave/pillow top mattress/and large rooms complete with desks & dressers & 42" flat screen TV. Add it up, it's actually the more economical choice.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- For over thirty years, I've stayed at various Motel 6 facilities when I traveled because I'd rather spend my travel money on fun things other than lodging. I've always found Motel 6 to be fine - you get what you pay for, and all I wanted was a clean, bare basic room. When I made plans to be in Fort Worth, Texas for last week, I made online reservations at the Motel 6. I arrived around noon on Thursday, May 3. I called when I got in town because I wasn't sure how to find it, however, the girl who answered the phone was unable to give me directions. Seems like the person at the front desk should be able to do that.
I found the motel and was assigned to room 155. The smoke alarm was chirping, there were no towels and no soap. I went to the office and asked if they would just give me another room, rather than wait for the battery in the smoke alarm to be changed. They moved me to room 160. It had towels (that looked like rags you'd wash a car with) and no soap. I went to the office and asked for soap. She said they didn't have any - they had ordered it twice but it hadn't come. I asked for the manager. She said he would be there at 3 o'clock. I told her to tell him that he had to provide soap for guests, even if it meant getting it from Walmart. I went to run some errands.
I returned at 3 o'clock and went to the room. No soap. I went to the office and said I'd like a refund because I had to go someplace that had soap. **, who identified himself as the manager, said he would refund the second day but not the first. I argued with him since I had not been in the room and they were not providing the basics. While we were "discussing" the matter, someone from an office around the corner where I couldn't see handed me two bars of Motel 6 soap. ** told that person not to bother, that I wasn't staying. I said I was staying, took the soap and went to the room.
First, why didn't they just provide the soap in the first place rather than go through all this? ** was so threatening that I was afraid, and I called Motel 6 guest relations main office. They could only take my report, and I understood they couldn't do anything else. I barricaded myself in the room, pulled a chair and a table in front of the door. The following day, I was gone from early A.M. to later in the afternoon. When I returned to the room, nothing had been done in so far as cleaning - trash wasn't emptied, used towels were not removed and replaced with "clean" ones, bed wasn't made.
I didn't say anything but went to another room where the cleaning cart was parked and took towels from that room. The room was basically dirty all over. I'll never stay in another Motel 6 - it's worth it to me to pay more and not have this hassle. I don't really care - I can't think of anything that would change my opinion of Motel 6. Would be nice if they would give me some sort of refund, but I don't expect it. They've burned their bridges with me.
Don't stay here, very dangerous gun slinging security guards. He seemed mad at the world trying to make up any reason to pull their guns on people. Not a safe environment. Why did anyone let these men have guns in the first place. This guy acted very childish making up lies telling me, "Haven't I told you not to come back here." I said, "I've never been here before. This is my first time here." He lied, "We have you on file." If you guys have me on file, what's my name when was I there? I have never been there before. I just started a job handing out fliers. Several witnesses watched with disbelief asking why he did that the reason.
I was able to get away I think is he realized there was a witness and backed off for a quick moment then he said "Run scronny ** boy." I said something back. Then he hopped in his cart and chased me and tried to jump behind me. I backed out and drove away. As I was backing out he pulled his gun on me a second time. I was told to go there and put out fliers. Next thing I know I have him in my face pushing me up against the wall trying to handcuff me. He had no right when I've never been there before. Luckily someone was watching and said something so he backed off for a second because there was a witness.
I was told by my boss you won't be arrested or even trespassed your first time passing out fliers at a place. They only can ask you to leave then if you come back they can trespass you and if you come back again they can arrest you. Well this dirty security guard who should never have been given a gun and thank god he's not a cop! Just what we need right? I called the cops on them and of course cops took forever so for our own safety we found a way to leave and left. They kept trying to box us in. These SO CALLED SECURITY were very dangerous and do not belong having guns.
People like that is the reason we have gun laws and reason innocent hard working people end up dead! Be careful if you stay there. These guards think it's OK to pull a gun on you for no reason and are looking for an excuse to shoot anyone they can. It's possible this man is x military with pds. Be careful, not a safe place for family. Why do these guys have guns anyway. It's not a casino or anything like this just a motel. Mace should suffice. They are there to protect the guest not cause dangerous situations for working people like this! I hope this man's boss finds out and he loses his job.
Someone needs to take his gun before some innocent teenager, kid or young adult ends up dead. I'm going to do everything I can to see this happen. If anyone can help notify the public of this issue or at least have this man told to quit being so quick to draw a gun please feel free to help thanks.
I think anyone that has a gun should at least have to do a short psych evaluation showing that they are stable mentally. And when they come back from overseas if they have psd, they should get the proper help they can because I appreciate everything those men do for our country but that doesn't give them a excuse to pull their gun on innocent people and not follow procedures.
Where shall I start: When I checked in, I asked for an additional towel and pillow and was told "he" would bring it up to me. He was the only one I saw working the entire 2 days other than the maids. I waited over an hour and wanted to go to dinner, so I had to call and ask again; he brought them up 10 minutes later; not bad. Couldn't find the ice machine, but there was a pop machine. Called and was told it was clear down at the other end of the other building which had a 15' access between, so it was about 400 yrds to get ice! Whatever! I had also asked him where he'd recommend I eat and was told, Red Robin up the street.
While waiting for the towel and pillow, I noticed "Ritchie's Taco" truck next to the apartment behind the motel. They were DELICIOUS and the best part of the entire stay ;) I requested a room on the bottom floor because my dog is 13 yrs old and has arthritis and they didn't have one available although I'd made the reservation more than a week prior. Dazy was not happy with me. Speaking of which, there was NOT a designated dog potty area; it was EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE you could find considering there were two businesses on either side! Including all of the, so called, flower beds!
That said, the pool had been filled in with dirt and consisted of dead grass and dog turds, both old and new scattered everywhere and unavoidable in order to access the sidewalk to the stairs to get to the rooms. Total frigging yuck. The first evening two dogs next door barked for two hrs while their owners went to dinner, I'm assuming. Of course there was no one available at the desk... just sayin'. I called down to ask what time coffee was available, and was told 7 am, so I asked for a wakeup call for 7:00 and woke up at 7:30 and finally made it down there at 8 and nobody ever did call...
The next morning I went down at 7:30 for coffee and there were people standing around waiting for coffee to be made available!!! The shower; total gross! I put a somewhat clean towel in the bathtub each morning to stand on; their mat had not been pulled up in weeks and it was filthy; there was an opened bar of soap on the tub, and the knob was backwards so hot was cold and vice versa. The stainless tissue box holder had stuff running down it that looked like it had been there for months and it was empty; I would not have reached for a tissue if there had been some available anyhow; ugh.
Last but not least, there was a huge dyed, red hair-ball the size of a baseball behind the trash can under the desk, and an earring on the floor beside the bed. So why did I stay, I was in uncharted territory and had to make it to a wedding two days in a row that was in the boonies, and felt I could endure, but never again. I will stop in to see if Ritchie's Taco truck is there if I'm in the neighborhood however. You should too! Just sayin' ;)
RANCHO CORDOVA, CALIFORNIA -- Physical issues with the room:
· Bedside lamp light bulb was burned out (can excuse this because the last guest should have reported this). The light switch by this lamp did not work, I presume because of the burned out light bulb.
· Television was unplugged (can excuse this because the last guest did this).
· Stain on the bottom sheet (this was an old stain but the sheet should never have been re-used).
· Old water leak in bathroom ceiling that was peeled away, leaving a hole.
· There was only a deadbolt lock; the other security latch was half-missing, so ineffective. This could have posed a safety concern for me as a lone, female traveler.
· Smell of smoke in a non-smoking room was making me sick to my stomach. The bathroom vanity showed some burn marks that are caused by cigarettes – evidence the room had been a smoking room at one time and not properly aired out. The carpeting should have been replaced.
· Only one washcloth was in the bathroom for a double room. Even though I was alone, I didn't want the appearance that I took one.
· The sliding door to the bathroom was not easy to open/close.
· There is an oblong toilet seat on a round toilet. This could pose a health issue if not properly cleaned. It gave a trashy appearance to the toilet.
· The bottom, outside of the bathroom tub looked grimy.
· I placed the bathmat on the floor before retiring for the night. The next morning, part of it was damp. I have no idea where the moisture came from as there was no obvious nearby water leak. There is a chance it came from the hole in the ceiling (noted above).
· There were big stains and ‘burnt-looking' holes in the carpet.
· The picture above the bed was crooked and had the appearance of being haphazardly hung on the wall. Again, this looked trashy.
· The plunger in the bathroom sink did not close all the way which made it impossible to fill the sink with water and prevent items from washing down the drain (such as contact lenses).
Noise issues with my stay:
· The room above me was quiet and then around 11:00 PM, it became noisy. Figuring it would take some time for the occupants to settle in, I waited for them to go to bed.
· At around 11:30 I called the front desk about the upstairs noise. I described the noise as heavy footsteps and frequent dropping of heavy objects onto the floor. At times, it was strong enough to shake the walls of my room. The front desk clerk said she would check into it.
· After about 45 minutes, the noise had not subsided, so I called the front desk again. She mentioned about how the occupants were moving furniture around (from her prior call with them?) I was appalled that she casually mentioned this as if it was something commonly done by guests. I told her that this had been going on for over an hour and being after midnight, I expected a quiet room. She didn't leave me confident this was going to be handled.
· At nearly 1:30 am, I called the front desk again and said the noise never subsided. I was not given a satisfactory response.
· The noise finally stopped after 2:00 am.
· Around 8:00 am, I was startled by noise of dropping objects from the room again. The noise lasted only around 30 minutes. If they had really been moving furniture the night before, they sure did not bother to move it back. I say this because of the short time that they were noisy when compared to the night before.
· Upon checkout, I expressed my angst with my stay. The clerk did not offer any compensation for the misery I was put through the night before. I had to ask for your business card to write a detailed complaint. He did not volunteer to put forth any effort to see what was the problem with my stay.
This room's condition is the most awful I have ever encounter by a Motel 6. During college, I worked summers and weekends as a maid in a Motel 6. I know what a maid has to do; I know what management and maintenance needs to do. Your motel is an absolute disgrace to the brand if room 117 is any evidence of the rest of the rooms.
I would have requested a different room but I was physically tired after arriving after 7:30 pm from driving in the rain for 2 hours. Also, it was hard enough to haul in a clothes bag, suitcase, purse, coat, umbrella, laptop, and food bag all by myself. I doubt I would have been provided assistance in a move to another room. Plus it would have taken a lot of time to get re-settled in another room - time I needed to prepare for my business meetings for the day. I directly wrote the manager an email and after 5 days, have yet to receive a reply. Obviously, she doesn't care.