Motel 6 is usually a reliable choice, especially in an area you don't know well or if you just need somewhere to sleep before an early flight. As a budget traveler, I often look where Tom Bodett "leaves the light on" for me. But if Tom stayed here, he'd be locked in his room with the blinds drawn. This particular Motel 6 is in a not-so-nice area of Denver and clearly attracts a rough crowd. Since it bills itself as an "airport" motel, it attracts travelers on their way to Denver International, but they find themselves in uneasy coexistence with a distinctly unsavory element. I rarely double-lock motel doors and frequently open windows at night, but when I stayed here with my 14-year-old daughter, I wouldn't let her stay in the car while I went to check in and I made sure our curtains were pulled and our windows and doors locked.
Despite this, the staff was friendly and helpful. We were checked in by a very pleasant woman, though she appeared to be training a young man who might have been hired for his ability to deal with the tougher clientele. The room itself was clean enough and comfortable enough, and the walls were thick enough to keep us from hearing our neighbors. So, our one-night stay was OK.
However, besides the atmosphere, there were many things that were not up to Motel 6 standards. Our room (with two double beds) had two bath mats, three bath towels and no hand towels. There was no shampoo. There was no alarm clock and no wake-up call service. The room was non-smoking and didn't smell, but there were smokers outside all over the property, so the whole place had a smoky feel. We had to pay $3 extra for wireless (within the bounds of Motel 6 policy, but most actually offer free wireless).
I expect to be able to book a Motel 6 anywhere and get a safe, comfortable, family friendly place to stay. This is the most notable exception I've yet seen. And, it's not even all that close to the airport - about 12 miles, no shuttle service. There are several other chain hotels that are closer, and while this might be the cheapest, this is one case where Motel 6 was a mistake.
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