I have been seeing references around the Internet — such as aforementioned comment — which seem to imply that the Motel 6 lodging chain is still owned by AccorHotels.
Motel 6 is NOT Owned by AccorHotels
Although it is true that AccorHotels purchased the budget motel brand back in 1990, it had sold the Motel 6 and Studio 6 lodging chains to Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII in a transaction worth $1.9 billion; and that transaction was completed in October of 2012. As a result of the transaction, Accor reduced its net debt by approximately €330 million and its fixed-lease commitments by approximately €525 million — apparently priming it for its latest aforementioned acquisition.
Although Hilton Worldwide and LQ Management LLC — which is the La Quinta chain of inns and suites — are both already owned by Blackstone, Motel 6 operates on a stand-alone basis under G6 Hospitality LLC as the management company.
Memories of Staying at Motel 6
For me, Motel 6 was perfect when I was a college student who had just become 20 years old and spent two weeks driving my cousin’s 1979 Honda Civic CVCC with a five-speed manual transmission from the Seattle area to San Antonio via the west coast of the United States during the summer years ago. Although I traveled alone driving along the coast, around mountains and through deserts, I did visit many places and people along the way. I drove through a tree in the redwood forest; visited national parks such as Saguaro National Park; gave a female college student a ride from Los Angeles to the Cardiff area of California; and I also visited Tijuana for the first time.
Along the way, I stopped at a few Motel 6 properties. For example, I stayed at one in Tucson, where for dinner I purchased a sack full of McDonald’s hamburgers on sale for a quarter each and spent fewer than $20.00 — including all taxes and fees — for a stark dingy utilitarian room with bare white walls and illuminated with fluorescent lighting. Operating the television cost extra back then; but I did not pay it.
I only stopped because it was night time, and I wanted to see the entire trip during the daylight hours. I got a good night’s sleep; and when I awoke early the next morning, I promptly checked out — there was no free breakfast or dining facility of any kind on the property — and continued on my journey.
For a college student on a budget, Motel 6 served its purpose perfectly for me. However, I have not stayed at one since. Its amenities have vastly improved at some properties since I last stayed at a Motel 6 — hey, the television is now included in the room rate — but looking at the room rate at the property in Tucson at which I stayed, the room rate has at least doubled and the room was only marginally better than I remembered it when I watched the video showing the property.
Motel 6 is once again “on its own”, so to speak; and has not been a brand of AccorHotels for greater than three years.
As of now, I really have no desire to stay at a Motel 6 property. I had the opportunity some years ago to stay at one in Carlsbad, New Mexico, but the room rate was rather high — so I passed on it…