I must admit I walked into this with low expectations. I haven't stayed at a Motel 6 since I was a kid, and my vague recollection was that it was kind of dumpy and cookie cutter. But after seeing positive reviews on this and yelp, we thought we'd give the Willows Motel 6 a shot (despite the fact that it was a little more expensive than other Motel 6s). I have to say, low expectations aside, I really liked this place.
We were on a long west coast roadtrip, and we rolled up around 9. We had made the reservations an hour prior on Booking.com, and when I tried to check in, the woman at the front desk (Sarah) couldn't find my reservation. At other hotels, I've had them get quite rude to me when this happens (and it has. A couple of times). Sarah was great. She was cool, positive and upbeat, She did some troubleshooting, figured out the problem, and solved it right away.
The rooms were surprisingly cool. They looked like someone with some interesting taste bought an old cookie cutter Motel 6 and decided to jazz it up. The room had a retro-modern vibe with this 70s color scheme.
The rooms aren't high class or anything, but they have this clever "Extreme Home Makeover" class-on-a-budget homemade feel to it. The decorating choices in the rooms (and even the construction) were made from budget materials, but the way they were put together took the room from "standard chain hotel" to something memorable and charming. Kudos to the owners, it feels like the place has a lot of love put into it. (And front desk clerk Sarah commented that she wanted to someday own the place, which added to the sense that the employees really love it and take good care of it).
Overall, it was a great stay for the price. The place had fantastic charm. I couldn't recommend it enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All rooms are completely renovated with NEW pillow top mattress as of Jan-11.Thunderhill Racers,we have SPEED channel along with golf and 8-HBO. We have most friendly staff eager to provide you a quality accommodation while you are in Willows, CA. We are here to make your stay as comfortable as you would have at your own home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Willows Motel 6
- Willows Motel Six