Though this place wouldn't rank as high if competing against the "Big Boys" of the motel business, it is definitely one of the brighter lights in the Motel 6 chain. I stayed in Rm. 104, right next to handicapped parking, as requested. The room was clean, quiet, well appointed, internet accessible and pet friendly. Would have preferred a less garish color, but that's just my taste. The furniture was minimalist -- just an "easy chair" and one pull-out chair for the built-in desk/table, but the king-sized bed was SUPER comfortable. The electrical outlets were thoughtfully positioned to make computer plug-in convenient, and internet was included in the room price. Other pluses were the fridge and microwave (not common at Motel 6), wall-mounted flat-screen TV with hookups for gaming equipment and better than average channel selection, a multi-spray shower head that actually worked, soap, shampoo and lotion dispensers -- AND it's right down the street from one of my favorite eateries, the Black Bear Diner. It also had a well-placed pool that wasn't open at this time of year.
Okay, now for the down sides: The towels were less than white; the pseudo-wood flooring made the room hollow-sounding, no coffee pot or tissues, and there was little area provided to "curb" one's dog. These are all trivial, though. My one MAJOR complaint was the fact that the smoke alarm woke me from sleep, beeping to have its battery changed. When I tried to call the front desk to request a replacement, I discovered that the phone didn't work. The battery was promply changed once I walked over to the office, but the situation left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt that -- for safety's sake -- smoke alarm batteries should have been changed on a regular schedule BEFORE they outdated. Renovation is fine and dandy, but if the basics of good accommodations are not maintained, it's all for naught. Safety is NOT the place to cut corners.
Everyone is entitled to one slip up, however. Hopefully, the branch will learn from this review and the complaint I left in my room, and take steps to avoid such a thing from happening again.
All in all, it was obvious that this hotelier was trying to provide a pleasant night's stay for its customers, and in most aspects, succeeded. I will definitely give the Willows Motel 6 another chance.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All rooms are completely renovated with NEW pillow top mattress as of Jan-11.Thunderhill Racers,we have SPEED channel along with golf and 8-HBO. We have most friendly staff eager to provide you a quality accommodation while you are in Willows, CA. We are here to make your stay as comfortable as you would have at your own home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Willows Motel 6
- Willows Motel Six