Anyone booking with Motel 6 books for a reason: it's supposed to be easy, cheap, relatively clean, and reasonably safe.
This place does not fit the bill. The first sign that it's a dive would be the clerk being encased in one of those bulletproof spaces you find in bad convenience stores. On the wall in the check-in area a notice is posted that the motel freely shares the identities of occupants with the Albuquerque PD. When checking in, you're forced to sign an agreement that if you engage in criminal activity you can be evicted without refund. In years of staying in budget motels, that was a first.
Despite making an online reservation with Motel 6 and showing the clerk the confirmation e-mail, he could not find the reservation. Turns out the reservations had all been faxed to the motel due to a previous power outage, something this clerk was not aware of. He had me fill out a piece of paper to book the room. When calling the motel later to make sure I was not charged for the guaranteed reservation that the Motel couldn't find, I was promised a call from the manager. The manager never bothered to call.
Things didn't get better when I got to the room. The door was jammed due to a loose strike plate and had to be rammed with a shoulder to open. The clerk, encased in the aforementioned bulletproof enclosure, could only offer a different room (not a great option when your stuff is already in the room with the jammed door). He was obviously unable to leave his enclosure so help with the door was out of the question. The bedspread had cigarette burns that had been "patched" by sewing in pieces of other bedspreads. Various unidentifiable black spots were present on the bedspreads and scuff marks covered the sides of the beds. Pillows from both beds had long black human head hairs on them. Who knows how long it'd been since they were last changed. I slept on a sleeping bag on top of the bed.
The area did not appear particularly safe but it was relatively quiet. Until 1:00am anyway, when my "neighbors" arrived back at their room, talked loudly for half an hour, and then engaged in "intimate relations" for a while. I don't really care if consenting adults want to do this at a cheap motel but it also shouldn't sound like they're in the room with me. The walls between the rooms transmitted everything and the door joining the rooms apparently fit very loosely. Turning on the old TV didn't really help.
The shower was average for a Motel 6 and the toilet did not appear especially unclean. The sink was actually fairly recent. No hand soap was provided; just a bar of bath soap. The towels appeared clean.
Checkout was the only positive experience I remember at this place.
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- Motel Six Albuquerque
- Albuquerque Motel 6
- Albuquerque Motel Six