Motel 6 named Best Large Hotel design by Travel + Leisure

Dallas--February 17, 2010--Motel 6’s Phoenix design has been named winner of the 2010 Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Large Hotel. The winning design, developed by Priestmangoode of London, is Motel 6’s first new prototype in 12 years and is reinventing the economy lodging experience.  The design, both chic and efficient, is fresh and modern, while staying true to the brand’s no-frills values – and still at the lowest price of any national chain.

The Phoenix design features wood-effect flooring, ambient lighting, settee area for two, and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. The entertainment unit which houses the TV conceals the door-less wardrobe behind it, combining two needs into one unit. The entertainment unit features a multi-media panel with A/V plug-ins for mp3 players, video game systems and laptop computers.

The settee area, situated in the corner of the room, was designed to encourage and allow for interaction between guests, whether during meals, discussions or games. The modern bathroom features double doors, black granite counter top with a vessel/raised sink, a walk-in shower and a large vanity area. The pedestal bed allows for storage of luggage under the bed and allows for easy cleaning access and visibility.

“The main objective of the new design was to provide added value to our guests and franchisees, while also minimizing our environmental footprint” said Olivier Poirot, CEO for Accor North America, Motel 6 and Studio 6. “Priestmangoode designed a room that adds value, comfort and style to our guests’ experience at Motel 6.”

Motel 6 unveiled the Phoenix prototype in 2008. New locations and existing properties around the country are currently being modeled after the new design. Currently, more than 60 properties nationwide have been renovated, including locations in Dallas, San Diego, Houston and Chicago.  Another 60+ locations are slated for renovation in 2010. 

For more information on Motel 6, please visit www.motel6.com.  Travel + Leisure’s sixth annual Design Awards jury and the winners in 16 categories are featured in the magazine’s March issue and online at www.travelandleisure.com .

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