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Swank Style Surprise Discovered

Written by Guest Writer • October 9th, 2009
Swank Style Surprise Discovered

I had the occasion this past summer to stay in a Motel 6 here in the U.S. for the first time in many years. I was most pleasantly surprised at the new look of the room. It was simple, utilitarian, but perhaps best of all, something new in that it reminded me of mid-century America with a bit of a nod to Deco, 1950s “Space-Age” design and, perhaps, “The Jetsons.”

There is, first of all, a noticeable lack of clutter in the room appointments… no headboards mounted to the wall pretending to be real furniture, no homely wall or table lamps. Instead there were two ample-sized beds (frame and mattresses only), a built-in 32 inch flat screen TV with available connections for gaming devices, laptops, MP3 players, etc., and ambient lighting throughout. And laminate floors. And a really cool sink (and towel “cubby”). And it only cost $49.99 per night.

While I normally can’t wait to flee most American motel rooms, I found myself intrigued enough to seek out some information on this innovation. It’s a new Motel 6 concept called “The Phoenix”. I intend to seek out similar Motel 6 properties in the future. Add the proper DVDs, lounge music, and cocktails, and you could be in for a truly swank weekend for less.

Written by: Jay Clark

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  • PeggysBra

    Damn, that's a nice room – and a Motel 6? I never would have believed it.

  • Wow! I am seriously going to try to stay there the next time I'm in S.B. I hope they make more of them.

  • johannes

    That looks great !!! At last they inolved a designer in the process.

  • Filmscore

    I too was very surprised when I stayed at the Motel 6 in Las Vegas. The room was very Mid-Century/Eames/Panton in style. It looked similar to your pictures, but actually had some slight variations from your room.

  • Swank indeed! I'd definitely feel at home there!!

  • KlaraTava

    This is so cool – makes me want to visit a Motel 6, and the thought had never crossed my mind before!

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  • Great interior and great bed. Definitely having this design on your bedroom makes you feel relaxed.

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