I first stayed at this property six years ago and had a really good experience, so I decided to stay here again when I needed a stop for the night. Unfortunately, as soon as I closed the door to my room a roach scurried across the back of the door and back out again through the crack. I was not happy, but decided to try and make it a go anyway and did not see any other bugs when I looked. I also noticed the room was very damp, but the a/c unit would not let me go below 66 degrees and it just wasn't cooling things off enough.
I went out for awhile, came back, and the roach scurried across the door again. I killed it this time before it got away, and was just going to "deal with it", but I then noticed another one crawling up by the window. I couldn't stomach the thought of trying to sleep so I called the front desk and asked for a room switch. She was appropriately horrified and quickly transferred me to a different room.
I did a look around the new room and did not see any bugs, though I didn't look too hard, not wanting to find any. The room was less damp than the other one, but the a/c still would not go down below 66 degrees. I slept ok for the most part. In the morning I tried to take a shower but the water would not turn on no matter how much I worked with it.
I took myself down to check out and the manager there was horrified about my experience. She was very nice. She said you had to pull REALLY hard for the water, and I guess she was able to get it turned on. I guess I was not wanting to break anything. Next time maybe I should not worry about breaking anything.
I have no complaints about the people working there, but the place was not the same that I remembered, and the roaches really did it in for me. I was also told that rooms on the one end (where my first room was) have issues with being damp and will sometimes even have condensation on the floors. I don't expect fanciness with a Motel 6, but I did expect it to be clean, and fairly easily running water to be available. Unfortunately, I won't be staying here again. :(
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- Motel 6 Altoona
- Altoona Motel Six
- Altoona Motel 6
- Motel 6 Des Moines East Altoona, Iowa