Despite the reputation of this chain in the US, this hotel was very adequate (though expensive for a Motel Six). At check-in, the desk clerk asked me to sign what was in effect its rental agreement with Tingo who had done my booking and had collected my $100. I found this very unusual and I figured they were asking me to somehow guarantee payment in case Tingo did not pay (again, I had paid Tingo in advance).
Part of the problem may have been that we had come from Calgary via a long lonely drive across barren eastern Alberta and we seemed to be in the middle of nowhere when we reached Medicine Hat (wrong-- it is actually an oasis of a nice town). But given that at that moment I had no idea where I was, except that it was a strange country, I was uneasy with what was being asked of me.
I called Tingo and they assured me I would not have to pay again. I told them I thought this was between them and the motel and that I should not have to sign anything to get into my room, but I did. (I said at one point that I might have to switch to the Ramada and the desk clerk said "fine," but of course since I had already paid in advance for the room, she had the responsibility to put us up, didn't she?)
Once in the room, it was small but very clean (though smelling vaguely of home-permanent solution) and overall it served our overnight stay very nicely. The "breakfast in a bag" was not bad at all. Because of its location in Alberta, the rates are not cheap and the motel has a lot of oil workers, (hence the sign: "Do not use white towels to clean your boots."!) but they all seemed to be very nice and that was not a problem.
- Also Known As:
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- Motel 6 Medicine Hat Hotel
- Motel Six Medicine Hat
- Medicine Hat Motel Six
- Medicine Hat Motel 6
- Motel 6 Medicine Hat Alberta
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