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“Supposed to have been one of Motel 6's updated units” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Motel 6 Des Moines North

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Motel 6 Des Moines North
Ranked #38 of 49 Hotels in Des Moines
Teguzco
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72 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Supposed to have been one of Motel 6's updated units”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

but it's already showing its age.

When you book Motel 6 you're booking for price. You expect a small room and that's what you get. (One bed was up against a wall, the other up against the in-wall heater/air conditioner). I booked this Motel 6, rather than one of the other 3 in Des Moines, because it had been updated. But the shower floor looked dirty (closer inspection showed the surface coating was wearing off), the light fixture over the sink was missing a plexiglass cover (which I found sitting on top of the clothes rack and re-installed), the bathroom paint was peeling, and the floor covering was cracked in spots. The metal entry door was dented and poorly painted, as were all the others I saw. The inner chain lock had been moved.

My wife and son felt the hotel and the area were "sketchy".

On the plus side: the beds, though small, were comfortable enough; the television was adequate in size and channels, bed lighting was adequate for reading, and the cost was very low, especially for 3 adults. The clerk was very friendly, prompt, got me checked in quickly and put me in a room well removed from the road without my asking her to do so.

I'd stay here again if I was traveling alone and was only going to be there long enough to sleep and hit the road again, unless I found something even cheaper.

Room Tip: Wi-fi is provided, but once again one can't simply log into the router but must fire up a browse...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

I was recently taking a road trip antiquing and stopped at this Motel 6..it was a very quick check in and I was pleasantly surprised with my room. I expected what I paid for, Cheap! But I found an updated comfortable room..I drove down the road to the Antique Mall, ate at the local Cracker Barrel and had some decent sleep for my next day travel...

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kiminy
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Philippines
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2013

Bathroom sink would take a long time to drain. Found sink plug missing and drain full of ??.
Appears housekeeping not in to cleaning sink as it was so obvious the problem and should have been fixed prior to renting the room. The free internet is a joke that motel 6 is now giving. You have to listen to advertisements before it allows you to sign on. I have stayed at these Motels for years and found the newer ones excellent but in the last year I have really seen many degrade to where I will not stay any longer. Just not worth the savings for what you have to put up with. Some of the maintenance done in the room was very sloppy for a motel to have.

Room Tip: Should consider spending a little more and get better accommodations elsewhere..
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ilovdabeach
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Travellers are raving about these Des Moines hotels

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level Contributor
58 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

Check in was fast and easy. I asked for a bottom floor room and that is what I received,
My room seemed clean and it did look like it had been redecorated recently. It smelled like it was douced with air freshner , that lingered all through the night..very unpleasent.
The door to my room had a gap under it and i found a few spiders and flys that must have made their way in.
The flat screen Tv worked fine and offered many channels. Internet worked fine too.
The shower was a little small area but water was plentiful and warm. No shampoo or hair dryer.
Towels were thin as was the toliet paper.
The air worked fine almost too cold.
The bed was uncomfortable and squeeked all night. Two flat pillows and a thin cover besides the sheets were on the bed.
Also if you like to make a cup of coffee in the morning there is no coffee maker in the room and they don't offer coffee until 6Am.
I heard dogs barking all night, Trains woke me me several times and people talking outside.
When I left in the morning, I noticed a man sleeping in his car next to mine.
I really wanted to like this hotel as we travel to New Mexico several times a year and this is a good stopping point for us. But Iam thinking I'll try one of the other hotels in the area.
This hotel just wasn't what I expected and I set my sights low for this one.
Happy Trails !!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marilyn M
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NW Kansas
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24 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2012

I stayed at Motel 6 Des Moines North on August 11-12, 2012. Because of the Iowa State Fair, I was unable to get a room where I would normally stay at for that Saturday night. So after much searching, I decided to stay at this Motel 6, as it is advertised as having the NEW remodeled layout. After staying at several in other locations, I have been pleased with the new look, so decided to book here.

My check-in process was quick. However, I was shocked to find that the average cost for this Motel 6 was $85 per night! This is the most EXPENSIVE Motel 6 I have ever stayed in!

Upon checking into my room, I was greatly disappointed to see that the Motel 6 only PARTIALLY remodelled the rooms. The room did boast the new orange/brown scheme, with the fake wood linoleum floor, and the sink area was upgraded as well. However, the bed was not upgraded to the new platform bed, and the table/chair was not updated. Also, the tv/desk/cubby hole space area remained the same and was not upgraded. Therefore, it should not be listed as a newly remodeled hotel, but as a "refreshed" hotel.

The bed was ok, but HORRIBLE pillows! It is a good thing that I travel with my own pillows if needed. The airconditioner had a musty smell, but did cool the room. The TV had a poor selection of channels, obviously not cable TV, but some sort of POOR Satelite selection service.

Housekeeping NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB with sweeping/mopping this new floor. There was mud/dirt dried up on it, and was overlooked. Unacceptable!

The toilet handle did not work well. I had to hold the handle the entire time until the toilet had actually flushed.

The shower had a strong mildew smell. While I did not see any mold or mildew, the smell was disturbing (fabreeze that I brought along helped with this!).

During the night, there was a terrible problem with noise and drunk guests staying above me. Yelling, shouting, etc. continued late into the night/early morning. Even the police were called in.

Upon check out, I did complain about this, but the staff present would do nothing. (Another guest checking out at the same time was complaining about the very same thing!) Because of this, I did ask to speak to the manager. I gave them my contact information, and they passed it on to him. To my delight, the manager did call me, and we did have a pleasant talk. While I was not refunded the high cost of this Motel 6, the manager did send me a free night's voucher good at any Motel 6 due to the inconveniences

Overall, this is an OVERPRICED Motel 6 in a nice quiet neighborhood. It was unfortunate that there were drunks staying there the same time I was there, but Management did try to make this right.

Room Tip: If you have a room problem, and front desk staff is not helpful, INSIST on speaking to the manager...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AirlinesOfWorld
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

Motel 6 should terminate this franchise! I stayed at this Motel 6 in late July 2012, on my way back from the east coast. I had stayed there one year earlier and it was fair. Since then, it's turned into flea bag. When I arrived, over 1/3 of the rooms were rented to migrant worker families. Their dirty laundry was hung up outside their rooms to dry. Some of the guests had set up "patios" in front of their rooms with lawn chairs and BBQs, where they held block parties at night. I called the desk at midnight to ask them to go quiet them down, but it took a thunderstorm to finally put an end to it.STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS DUMP. AND MOTEL 6--IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR CHAIN'S REPUTATION, CANCEL THIS FRANCHISE.

Room Tip: go anyplace else, but avoid this place.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Chas A
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Muscatine, Iowa, United States
Level Contributor
49 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2012

Motel 6 isn't your full service hotel, but if you just want a clean room to spend the night, this motel is worth staying at. The room was clean and everything in it was well maintained and the staff was friendly and courteous.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DanTrips
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Property: Motel 6 Des Moines North
Address: 4940 Northeast 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316
Region: United States > Iowa > Des Moines
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 49 Hotels in Des Moines
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Motel 6 Des Moines North 2*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Motel 6 Des Moines North is within 5 miles of Adventureland Park, Des Moines Botanical Center, and Iowa’s State Capitol; conveniently accessible is shopping and downtown Des Moines. Guest rooms have a modern look and free Wi-Fi, our pool is open May-Sept. ... more   less 
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