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Motel 6 Billings - South
Ranked #45 of 51 Hotels in Billings
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“Motel Six? More like Motel 666”
Reviewed 10 June 2009

Once upon a time, back when I was a little kid in the 70's and 80's I loved staying at Motel 6. Somehow, to my twisted tike brain, it was a treat - swimming pools, cable television with strange and alien stations and beds you could jump on (provided you were on the ground floor) without getting too much stick from mom. In short, it was a comfort food kind of feeling growing up.

I guess that sense of nostalgia didn’t go away as an adult. When I recently was driving across the country from Seattle to Detroit up US Highway 12, I was trying to stay in the little mom-n-pop motels along the way and avoiding the big chains. Travel Lodge wouldn’t miss my 50 bucks, but the Mo-Rest Motel in Mobridge certainly would. And so it went, charming little holes in the wall - until Billings. I was running out of daylight and there was still plenty of urban sprawl left to go. Looks like I'd have to bed down at a Big Chain for the night.

Then I thought - hey, why not a Motel 6? Okay, it's still a Big Chain, but it has the right twinge of nostalgia about it.

Boy was I about to be proven wrong.

The room was considerably more expensive than the mom-n-pop places I was staying at the nights before. To give you an idea, my costs for motels were topping out at about 45 dollars, give or take. Motel 6 wanted 57 dollars and change - which when you compare it to other Big Chains like Super 8 (which wanted 85 for a room) or Holiday Inn (100 a night), it's cheap - but it was still one of the most expensive stops on my trip.

The room was clean enough (if a bit on the small side, but I was traveling alone), the bathroom was free of mildew or funk and the beds and linens were free of smell. So I can't fault the actual facilities. There was no alarm clock in the room, so I would have been in trouble if I didn't have my travel alarm with me. The room was mostly quiet . . . until about 2 in the morning. Then the trains started in - the motel was, I would guess, probably 300 yards off a main switching yard. The trains were not overpoweringly loud, but a light sleeper wouldn’t get a wink that night for sure.

Oh, and i should point out that this Motel 6 was not in the best part of town. Did I mention the not-so-discreet porn store RIGHT next door? Just in case the ambiance of the train yard wasnt enough for you.

But the biggest problem I had with Motel 6? They hit you with the Nickel and Dime approach. I had left my Toothbrush in the previous night's motel by accident, and I had not bothered to pack Shampoo with me, using the curtsey toiletries available along the way. It seems that Motel 6 offers the items - for a price. The front desk couldn't give me any, but they were more than happy to direct me to a vending machine that had them for three dollars each.

And then there was the wireless internet. *EVERY* single motel I had been in up to that point (save for one, who I could tell was having router issues) - even smallest of the mom-n-pop motels had free wireless internet access. Oh, but not Motel 6. They would be happy to give you all the internet you want - for 4 dollars a night. Shameful!

While it's not a huge deal breaker - I need a motel to do one thing: provide a quite room and clean bed - it's these little details that add up and make me feel cheap and tawdry. In my future road trips I'll only be using Motel Six as a choice of last resort.

Tom Bodett may leave the light on for you, but it'll cost you 5 bucks for the privilege.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 August 2008

This is the worst. Our locked vehicle was bugarlized (parked 15 yards from our door), we received no help from management, they were actually very rude. Refused to give us a phone book until we got testy with manager.No surveillance cameras in parking lot. Do NOT stay here.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — safety
  • Stayed August 2008
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Travellers are raving about these Billings hotels

Alberta
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Reviewed 4 January 2008

We have definitely stayed in a nicer Motel 6. This one is as basic as it gets. No fridge, no clock and no tub. Good thing I didn't want to give our small children a bath. I booked a room with a queen bed but they gave us 2 doubles instead. the room was clean enough but the sink in the bathroom didn't drain properly and when my husband asked at the front desk they couldn't do anything about it. The top floor was noisy in the morning but the people didn't move at night so that didn't really bother me. We also had to pay for internet but that isn't surprising for the price. If you just want a cheap place to lay your head this place is good. If you want more, go someplace else.

  • Liked — It was cheap and they had a play pen.
  • Disliked — Sink not draining.
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2007

If you look around Billings for hotels, you'll notice one thing: Outrageous costs for very little value. Travelling by myself, I was not willing to blow my entire budget on one night's lodgings. Should that have been necessary, I would have slept in my car! However, I was able to find this little hotel hidden behind the Holiday Inn megaplex in Billings. The Motel 6 isn't much to look at: there is practically no landscaping to speak of, and the driveway is easily confused with that of its neighboring hotel. But, I was greeted by a sincerely friendly staff and a clean (if modest) room that I actually could afford. The young(ish) staff was cheerful and provided me with information on where the best pizza in town is, the cheapest movie theater, the best shopping, etc. Not the kind of information on the town flyers, but honestly appreciated! I can honestly recommend this no-frills motel to anyone passing through Billings, and wave at the kids at the desk for me!

  • Liked — Value
  • Disliked — The location
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled solo
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U.S.
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Reviewed 12 October 2007

Stayed at the Motel 6 Billings on Aug 31, 2007. Rooms a bit small but they are very clean,quiet location, and the price was right for $65.00. There are many restraunts within a short 5 min. drive.

Stayed August 2007
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 27 June 2007

Generally we're fine with Motel 6's, even with our 4 year old, because we have a dog and know we can count on them for a stay, but every once in a while a Motel 6 is awry.

This Motel 6 may have been the best value in town, but at $70 for our 2 beds, a tiny room, overlooking an "Adult Store" (I assume it's a porn shop) and a lot containing construction vehicles, off the highway and 5 miles from downtown Billings, not soundproof on the 2nd floor, and no fridge/coffeemaker, I feel jilted!
Problem is, rest of Billings motels proved this one to be the best for us!
The $50 motels looked rough to us - drug addicts who live there; and yet the $120 motel in town, clocktower best western, pristine place, there was a homeless shelter and a greyhound bus stop across the street! I don't ask for much from hotels but feel these hotels are way crossing the limit of what's ok. Especially with what they're charging. By the way, the Motel 6 is surrounded with other chain motels as well, including some upscale ones. Must say then Motel 6 starts looking great, when compared to the other hotels.

The check-in guy was really terrific. Quick and friendly, and the line was consistently 5 people long. (he said they're booked every night). And the place was clean too.

So...if you're trying to stay within walking distance of Billings, good luck. If you're passing thru like us, keep on driving. Laurel likely has something better, safer, and cheaper.

Stayed June 2007
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Fenton, Il
1 review
Reviewed 17 June 2007

For starters we couldn't park our van with a small uhaul trailer in the lot - it had to be on the street at the opposite end of the motel we were in. Then it was to be a non smoking room but smelled of stale smoke. The fan in the bathroom did not work. There was a long black hair on the shower floor when we arrived. There is no clock in the room. The pet area is a strip of grass as wide as a sidewalk and next to a field of weeds that attract bugs. My next day of travel was spent scratching profusely. We had 4 kids and 2 adults and 1 dog traveling with us so we asked for an adjoining room. The closest we got was having a room in between us. My husbands room was cleaner however his door handle was extremely jiggly and difficult to open. When we told the office about these things (especially the hair in the shower) they stated they couldn't do anything about it. We were scheduled to stay in a motel 6 the next night in another town but after this experience we cancelled those reservations and stayed elswhere.

  • Liked — You could get to it easily from the freeway
  • Disliked — everything especially that it was NOT clean
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
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Property: Motel 6 Billings - South
Address: 5400 Midland Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6322
Region: United States > Montana > Billings
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Ranked #45 of 51 Hotels in Billings
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Hotel Class:2 star — Motel 6 Billings - South 2*
Number of rooms: 99
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