I was wondering if their are any motel chains throughout the United States particularly east of the Mississippi that are along the lines of Motel 6, Super 8, & Econo Lodge.
I think you'll find those all over -- and also others, like Red Roof, Travelodge, etc.
There are tons of postings on this site about the different national motel chains. (use the search function with motel as your keyword) There seems to be a consensus that Motel 6 is of far less quality than the others, and not worth the extra ten dollars in savings.
Personally, I have found Super 8's to be hit or miss, and Days Inn/Comfort Inn to consistently be the best value.
Good luck and safe driving.
I've stayed at numerous Motel 6 and I've never been disappointed in the quality. Maybe I've been lucky? I've paid as little as $35/night for a room for 2, with 2 queen beds, and a pool. The rooms have always been clean, I've felt safe, and the pools have been as nicely maintained as those in more expensive motels. Just my 2 bits. They're not fancy but I have never experienced any problems. Just IMHO.
Same experience as Judy -- I've stayed in dozens of them (Motel 6s) across the country. Worst problems I've had have been other guests' noise, and you can find that at any motel/hotel. They are like McDonald's -- not everyones' cup of tea but you always know what to expect.
I have recently stopped staying at Motel 6 for the most part -- only because quite often their prices are no longer the cheapest.
On my last three road trips (this year), I have been staying at Mom and Pop places instead and have had no trouble. They are often older, but so far I've found them to be clean and comfortable, and you can't beat the price, which is typically $30-$40 many places. You most usually do NOT need reservations, either, with the usual exceptions. Bob
I couldn't disagree more.
Motel 6 is never a good bargain, no matter what. If there's a Motel 6 in town, there are much better accomodations available (at least more bang to the buck)
Look, this Motel 6 issue has come up repeatedly and I think it's a silly debate. I usually stay in the cheapest motel I can find whether that turns out to be a "mom and pop", a Motel 6, a Super 8, a Days Inn, what have you. I have found no different in quality between any of the chains. I have never happened upon one that wasn't clean and didn't have adequate amenities. Maybe I've been lucky.
I tend to like the "mom and pop" establishments because they often have more character and the staff is often "mom" and "pop" and they are often friendlier and more helpful. However, these establishmetns also have the greatest variance in cleanliness and quality.
As for the chains, I just see no difference. It's a personal decision with no right or wrong. If someone doesn't like Motel 6, that's fine. No problem. I do, although no more/no less than I like the other chains, and I will continue to suggest them as a possible cheap alternative to the higher-priced chains.
For many Dashboarders Motel 6 is not a perfect match because of the lack of amentities with prices as high as other local motels (which often include the "missing" amentites like bathtubs, hot tubs, dataports, etc.) In my view, Motel 6 is a "whitebread" lodging experience -- but for some folks it can be perfect.
All I'm looking for is a bed and a shower pretty much. I stayed at Motel 6 last weekend for $39.99 on a saturday night and I had no complaints.