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“Clean, Functional, but Pretty Depressing”

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Motel 6 Walla Walla
Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Walla Walla
Reviewed 25 August 2012

Walla Walla offers a limited choice if you're on a budget. I tried to get into Colonial Inn but they were full so I tried Budget Inn. Last time we were in WW we stayed at Comfort Inn and were impressed. But this time I'm traveling alone so I figured I'd try to save some money. I got a good price at the Budget Inn, about $61/night with a AAA discount. However...it's not a particularly memorable place to stay.

Building Layout: From the moment you arrive you know you're at a very basic hotel with the classic 60's motel layout. Pretty depressing. The rooms only have windows overlooking the parking lot. There's a swimming pool in the parking lot the size of a large bathtub. Why did I book this place?

Reception: The front desk was managed by an elderly gentleman from overseas (South Asia, a part of the world I've lived in and traveled for many years) who didn't understand much of what I said except when I said anything involving money, and then he had sharp ears. Basically I asked, within 60 seconds of arrival, being depressed by the overall appearance, I told the fellow I might just stay one night instead of 3, and suddenly he was adamant that I had to stay all three nights. I told him I thought Budget Inn's website offered more flexibility in this regard and he pretended not to understand me, but later it was clear he did, and resorted to "you have to ask the manager." So I asked, "who is the manager and when will he come in?" Reply "I don't know." I suspect he was the manager, or maybe his son, as I saw a younger gentleman who could have passed for the elderly man's son at the front desk the following day. However, I did not revisit the issue as after I got to my room I double checked the other hotels and found them full (it was Whitman College Orientation week, so of course everything was full).

Room Layout: As noted above, the rooms each have only one window, overlooking the parking lot, and next to the walkway people take to their room. So, if you're in your room and open the curtain to get any sort of sun light, you lose all privacy, as anyone walking by will have a clear view inside your room (whether upstairs or downstairs). You know, all they need to do add a lace inner curtain so occupants can draw the lace curtain only during the day and get natural light and privacy, but no such luck at this hotel. Beyond that feature, the room is okay for space. I got a room with a queen bed and the layout is functional.

- Best Features: 1) The room was clean, and I give high marks for this. In fact, its probably the best quality of the hotel, and if I given more than 1 star, it's to honor the cleaning staff at this hotel. 2) The air conditioner works. 3) There is a working refrigerator (which is empty). 4) There is a working microwave. 5) There is a flat screen TV though I never watched it so have to assume it was working. 6) The room comes with a iron and ironing board, which I didn't need, but thought was a useful inclusion. 7) No highway noise -- decent location on the street so you're not next to a major highway like I suspect might be a problem for Super 8 (though it looks like Super 8 gives you windows front and back, so hey, maybe its not so bad). 8) Internet connect that works--I did some skype calls for work with no problem. 9) A table and chair that worked find for a work station. 10) Cleaning staff didn't muck around with my plates and bowls -- I set them out on a towel after washing with a "please do not touch" sign and the cleaning staff honored the sign.

- Worst Features: 1) window layout as mentioned before. 2) The room smells of "air freshener" which in fact I didn't like but you know, you end up getting used to even though you don't really want to. 3) The toilet space is cramped--I'm a normal, some what small fellow and it was cramped for me. 4) No utensils for cooking in the microwave--neither ingredients nor microwaveable cups for making coffee or tea. I ended up buying a microwaveable cup at safeway 4 blocks away.

OVERALL: Yes, it's a pretty depressing place by my standards, but it was CLEAN and if you can stand living in a cave like environment in the evenings, it's a functional place for the intrepid traveler. Would I stay here again? Probably I'd avoid it if I could, and probably would pay more and stay some place better. But if I had to do it again, such as to save so money, at least I can say it's not terrible, and pretty functional, and yes, the cleaning staff do deserve good marks.

Room Tip: My room was 204 (upstairs) and relatively close to the office which might account for the good inter...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled solo
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danny p, Manager at Motel 6 Walla Walla, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2013

Thank you very much see you again.

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Reviewed 9 August 2012

My husband and I stayed here the weekend of 7/27-29th and found a very clean room with free HBO and wireless internet, air conditioning, and micro/fridge. (There were other amenities too, but those are the ones that matter to us). The room was in the back half of the place, on the top floor. We enjoyed being right in town, and walking everywhere from our hotel. The most impressive part though, was when I left some things in our closet upon leaving and I didn't realize it until 2 days later. I called the hotel and the staff was very understanding and mailed my things to me! That in itself was especially valuable (and hard to find among hotels these days). We will stay here again.

Room Tip: Stay on the top floor, as this structure is older and if you are a sensitive sleeper you may hear ot...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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danny p, Manager at Motel 6 Walla Walla, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2012

thank tou see you again.

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Reviewed 31 July 2012

We stayed here the middle of June and got what we paid for. We were satisfied with our stay that time. However one month later, they charged 60.00 to our Credit Card. This is my first time dealing with fraud- what our CC company called it. Highly recommend checking your credit card statements if you have stayed here in the last month- THINK TWICE about giving them your Credit Card information

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

I have hesitated writing a review for this hotel but here goes:

The Pros: great price; great location for walking to the downtown, Safeway, tasting rooms, restaurants, and entertainment. Management/front desk staff were friendly and efficient. Pool was clean, as was the laundry room. Room had a refrigerator, coffee maker--all the necessities. We were in the back group of rooms as we requested since they were newer and quieter--however, we were charged $10 extra each night (5 nights) to be in that wing. We were on a motorcycle and able to park it right in front of the door which was important to us.

The cons: the room was only superficially clean--and this is how I found out: on the 3rd day, my watch came up missing. (We had declined maid service at that point.) On the fourth day, a pouch containing Iphone and camera electronic accessories came up missing. At that point we began searching the room inch by inch. We found my watch laid between the mattress and the box springs when we picked up the mattress to look under the pedestal bed, not in a place where it could have fallen. The pouch is, unfortunately, gone for good. The manager said he totally trusted his staff, and I applaud him for supporting them. Something, however, is not right. We were not in our room during the day, and it appears someone had access to it. There are no safes in the rooms.

Room Tip: Rooms in the back wing are newer and quieter. However, there is a $10 surcharge per night for that...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2012

I stayed the same time as the reviewer below and hated this. We left the second night because I found a room at the Hampton Inn. The owner was polite and nice about refunding the second night. We were in the front section, maybe the back was nicer, but I was just creeped out. Pool was green and murky, clearly out of service. The lighting was horrible in the room, there was a fridge and microwave and wifi that worked. Ironing board set up in room when we arrived because there was no way to take it down. I would not stay here again and had I known I would have preferred to stay in the Tri-Cities area and drive in. The good news is you are walking distance to downtown, right across the street from Whitehouse Crawford restaurant, and two blocks from the Marcus Whitman. My husband said he would give it a 3/5 - barely. I can't go above a 2/5, but to each his own.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Spent the weekend of 25 May - 27 May in Walla Walla for our anniversary/wine tasting weekend. Most hotels were full and was worried that we would have to postpone our trip. We read the reviews of most of the hotels that still had vacancies prior to booking, and decided to give it a shot. I tell you what we were both very happy to have stayed at the Americas Best Value Inn. However, when we pulled in to the parking lot we both thought the worse, the side of the hotel that the office was in looked old and not to appealing to the eye. After checking in we were put on the back side of the building. Wow what a difference very nice. The location was 2 blocks from Main St, and all the restaurants, wine tasting rooms and shopping. We had the best time for the right price, can't wait to go back. Recommend signing up for their Valuce Club Card, it's free and you can save 15%.

Room Tip: Rooms on the back side of building. (3rd st side?)
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 May 2012

Recently stayed six nights and found high quality at a reasonable price. Very comfortable bed, WiFi, microwave and refrigerator. Necessary repair made quickly. Friendly, competent staff. A washer and dryer on premises. Quick accessibility on foot to Main Street's shops, restaurants, Whitman Campus, etc. Well-lit at night. The room had a mural painted on one wall that included a bright red cardinal. Nice to look at the cardinal upon waking.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Motel 6 Walla Walla

Address: 305 N 2nd Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362-1807 (Formerly Americas Best Value Inn)
Region: United States > Washington > Walla Walla
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #11 of 15 Hotels in Walla Walla
Price Range: £37 - £64 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Motel 6 Walla Walla 2*
Number of rooms: 57
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