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Motel 6 Dania Beach
Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Dania Beach
Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
52 reviews
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“A bad encounter with this brand name”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

We booked a non-smoking room through internet in June, and unfortunately without a through search. This was our first visit to this motel. After a full day's flight, we arrived late at night and had no idea about the surroundings. Non-smoking room was not available. The room given was terrible.. One could almost smell the strong odour before opening the room door. Finally we got another smaller room, no bad odour, which apparently was reserved basically for travelers requiring easy access.

The staff was very pleasant and helpful. One thing we felt very strange was we could enter the office and did what we had to do; but once another person, notably male, appeared, we were asked to leave the office (the door then locked) and carry on through a small opening at another side of the office (very much like paying at a gas station late at night).

So far so good until the next morning. At day break, we were able to survey the premises and noticed a lot of run downs. At the back yard, there were some flowers bouquets, signifying something not that good had happened recently. This was not still okay because we were about to leave. What I did not know is an hour later, I discovered a total of 29 bug bites, 15 on mt left hand, 4 on the fight, and 10 on my head. These bites developed into sores, very itchy all day long, and took three weeks to heal. Left to the motel is thick undergrowth, and further left is a huge piece of empty land. Maybe this is where the bug came.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Traveling with my golden retriever I have always kept things simple by relying on Motel 6 and their dog-friendly policies. All told, I have stayed in 25-30 different Motel 6's, and never has anything compared to the scary reality of this location.

The women staying at the motel were really, really, really friendly if you get my drift... But after returning to the motel post dinner at about 9pm, ten minutes of observation and i came to the quick conclusion that this Motel 6 wasn't a safe place to be! I demanded a refund and moved on to another Motel, albeit at twice the price.

This isn't a matter of you get what you pay for. Over the years Motel 6 has always been a cheap if inelegant solution when traveling. However this location was beyond the pale, with obvious drugs and prostitution about the property.

Fwiw I have contacted Motel 6 about this situation. In the meantime I would steer clear of this particular location. When doing the cheap motel thing I have dealt with a lot of iffiness. But never have things felt so unsafe at a national chain.

Room Tip: Choose another Motel 6.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Derry, New Hampshire, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2012

I flew into Fort Lauderdale, FL on Thursday, November 8, 2012 and thanks to issues with my credit card was unable to pick up my rental car until the next morning. I decided to find somewhere close to get some shut eye but had no intention of paying $180 to have a room close to the airport from about midnight until 6 am.

I have stayed in several Motel 6 locations over the years, first as a child traveling with my parents and later as an adult traveling on my own, so when I discovered there was a Motel 6 not too far from the airport I told the cab driver that I needed an inexpensive place to sleep for a few hours and I heard there was a Motel 6 nearby. He stated there was two locations and asked to which I would like to go.

I responded that it didn't matter to me since I trusted in the Motel 6 name and had never had any bad experiences at one. He pulled up in front of a run down building with a security guard standing out front. My gut reaction was, "This isn't the place!" But sure enough, there was the giant blue and red Motel 6 sign, so I ignored my gut and paid the cab driver and ventured inside.

The lobby area was locked and the woman (not overly friendly but pleasant enough and the only positive part of the experience) was behind a solid plexiglass window with a small opening to pass papers and payments through that was covered on both sides by additional plexiglass protection. The floor was dirty and matched the run down appearance from the parking lot, but I quietly assured myself the rooms must be better. I requested a non-smoking room, paid, signed my papers and upon receiving my key, thanked her and headed to my room.

When I opened the door, I was immediately hit by the stench of smoke, dampness, mildew, and just general filth. I stepped inside the room far enough for the door to close and set my bag on the table next to me. I then set my keys and purse down on the dresser and noticed a scattering of tiny things in all directions. At first, I thought it must be dust, but then they kept moving and circled around and didn't stop moving. I picked up my purse and saw more movement on the wall behind the dresser: BUGS!!! I don't know what kind and I don't care what kind. I was so disgusted I almost barfed.

I have never been into a hotel or motel room where I was greeted by such a crowd as was already staying in the room for which I just paid! I burst into tears, grabbed my stuff and quickly made my way back to the front desk. I never checked the bed or the bathroom. I didn't think my stomach could take more.

Back outside the lobby, I had to wait in line behind a girl wearing pink leopard skin spandex, stilettos, and a shirt that looked six sizes too small (and this is not meant to indicate she was heavy, as she was not.) She was arguing with the receptionist because she didn't like being asked to keep the door to her room closed except during exiting and entering. The girl believed she had the right to keep it open to talk to anyone who might pass by her room. As the argument gets more heated, two males walk in and stand in line behind me who, on a quick glance, looked to be in their early twenties.

I hadn't slept in almost 24 hours, I was exhausted and frustrated from traveling, disgusted by my room, alone, and my anxiety from all of this was beginning to get the best of me. My first thought upon seeing these two young men walk in and stand in line behind me was, "Great now I'm in line between a prostitute and a couple drug dealers who are going to see me put cash in my purse and walk out of here. I am going to be followed, mugged and left for dead." The quiet tears begin to border on uncontrollable sobs.

I will readily admit here that I come from a small town in New Hampshire. I grew up sheltered, naive and uncultured. The girl may very well have been in the same situation as me, just trying to have a relaxing night in an inexpensive place, and just has what, in my opinion, is a bad fashion sense, and those two young men could very well have been students from Harvard there doing research. I really can't say for sure who they were or what their stories are because I didn't ask, but prostitutes and dealers were the type of people I would imagine would frequent such a place.

All I do know for sure is that in that moment, fear and paranoia kicked in and my "Fight or Flight" reaction told me to run. As soon as I had my refund for the room I bolted out the door and booked it down the street, bawling and speed walking, and though I am not religious, I may have even been praying. I just wanted to put as much distance between me and that place and those people as possible before they hopped in a car and came after me.

My account of the night in Fort Lauderdale goes on, but the portion relevant to Motel 6 is over. This particular location was: Motel 6 - Dania Beach #376
I-95 at Stirling Road, Exit #22
825 E Dania Beach Boulevard
Dania, FL 33004
(954) 921-5505

This location does not in any way live up to the Motel 6 reputation that had been built for me through previous satisfactory visits at other locations. Someone from corporate should be frequently visiting this place until it is brought up to par, the management should be fired and all members of the staff should be retrained or dismissed. If these options are not possible, Motel 6 should either close or sell this location and any others who have been neglected and misused to this extent.

As far as customer service goes, like I said, the receptionist was pleasant and very quickly processed my refund when I asked for it. In all other ways, this location was a disgusting disappointment. Owners/management of this location have no idea how customer service extends beyond the front desk. Motel 6 should be embarrassed and ashamed to have their name on this location!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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8 Thank Diana D
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Miami, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2012

I have stayed here about 3 times in the past 3 months. This terrible review is not based on the staff - the staff is very friendly. Now, I do not have very high expectations for Motel 6, but this one didn't even come close to meeting my low expectations. I asked for a room near the back of the hotel because I thought it might be quiter. The lady at the front desk told me I would have to deal with the huge number of bugs in the back due to the standing water in the parking lot. She said they have a drainage issue with the parking lot so when it rains the back of the lots floods and the standing water attracts bugs. I did not have any bugs in my room that I could see but I got lots of bites going back and forth to the car. The safety of the location is questionable. I try to never be outside here after dark. On my last stay there were some suspicious looking characters hanging out in the back of the hotel where I had to park. When I left at 6 am to go to work a man dressed in dark clothes approached me and asked me for money. I said no and he left and didn't bother me, but as a woman traveling alone, it was not good. Location wise, it is not that far from the beach. Though the staff tries very hard to make this a good location, I do no recommend this location due to safety concerns.

Room Tip: If you have to stay here ask for a room in the front as close to the office as possible.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Mexico City
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2012

The main difference of the Motel 6 Dania Beach was the guy at the check in. Very helpful and kind. The rest is just another Motel 6. Don't expect more. The vending machine, noisy neighbours and a kind scary atmosphere. If you are ok with that, book a night and save money.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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2 Thank SEBASTIAN C
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2012

Have stayed here through several managers starting with Peggy and in recent times Al.
Staff courteous and professional.
Rooms were always clean.
Management has been great on every level each stay.
Never had any type of negative experience.
Would definitely reccomended.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
Reviewed April 4, 2012

Dog crap stains on the carpet, horrible musty odor that would not escape, but adequate. If you just need somewhere to sleep on a trip/vacation, I think you'll be satisfied with the value.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Motel 6 Dania Beach
Address: 825 E Dania Beach Boulevard, I-95 at Stirling Road, Exit #25, Dania Beach, FL 33004
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Dania Beach
Amenities:
Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 20 Hotels in Dania Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Motel 6 Dania Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 46
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Motel 6 Dania Beach is located near shopping and dining. Visit John Lloyd Beach State Park, World Fishing Center and Sunrise Casino. Relax in our modern rooms and outdoor pool. Enjoy Wi-Fi in all guest rooms for 2.99 per 24 hours. ... more   less 
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