Monday, November 15, 2010

Great New Look for Cheap Motels

DALLAS - ADDISONA couple of months ago we shared a news release from Motel 6 about their new prototype room designs. This new modern look was being applied to rooms in new construction as well as Motel 6 makeovers. This also coincides with the company's green initiative. In October 2009 the first LEED-certified economy hotel in the US opened in Nortlake, Texas.

The project is code named "Phoenix" and includes sustainable features like the use of technologically-advanced heating and cooling systems, native landscaping with drought-resistant plants, thermal solar water heating, flooring made from 80% post-consumer recycled material and a Fluorescent Light Bulb and Battery Recycling Program.

Modern new look for Motel 6Accor North America, the parent company of Motel 6, says...
Since its introduction in March 2008, the award-winning Motel 6 “Phoenix” room design has been incorporated into more than 70 of Motel 6’s existing corporate-owned and franchised locations in more than 20 U.S. markets. Guestroom features include a modern, Euro-chic design by Priestmangoode of London, 32” flat-screen TVs, wood-effect flooring, granite bathroom countertops, and a comfortable settee area conducive for eating, working, or watching TV. The design won Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2010 Design Award for “Best Large Hotel.”
We decided to try out this new modern look on a recent trip to Dallas. Our immediate reaction was "Wow." Such a clean and open floorplan is a radical departure from your typical motel fare that seems to stuff more furnishings into a room for "perceived value." The lack of sticky carpet was a most welcome relief.

While the amenities leave no doubt this is budget accommodations, the stay was virtually boutique.

Here's a short video look at our arrival in Addison, Texas...



Good job Motel 6!


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