Concluding a full day's travel and having no reservation, I was given a third story room. Normally, I would have balked at such a room assignment (I don't have good balance walking down stairs). The saving grace that clinched the deal for me was the one elevator. If worked fine (if a bit on the noisy side) and minimized the steps to this weary traveler's room. Few Motel 6 locations have an elevator. This one does, and is very helpful to those on the upper floors. It's located towards the front desk, but even so, it is not that far away from the rooms on the opposite end of this rectangular lodging. A doable situation should you stay on the third or fourth floor.
The room: typical Motel 6 with carpet (a good thing for footing, considering the rainy/snowy weather that May day) and a real tub (no shower cubicle). Flat screen LCD television with the standard Motel 6 channel lineup, which includes ESPN and HBO. Everything worked and appeared to be clean. No mold, mildew, bedbugs or other housekeeping deficiencies. Mattress was in firm condition and pillows were standard, so I used two pillows to lay my head - the common situation when I'm at a Motel 6. I couldn't hear my neighboring guests through the walls or ceiling/floor.
Heating and air conditioning are individually controlled at the unit by the window. The heating worked well for my stay.
The remodeled Motel 6 motels sport a new wood type flooring and the shower cubicle. I'm hoping for the safety reasons I've already mentioned they don't put in the wood flooring at the next major remodel. A tub is also my preference, as I find the shower cubicle to be on the small side. Tubs seem to be disappearing from Motel 6 with each new major remodel of their properties, so enjoy the tub while it is still offered here.
I knew the railroad was within a few blocks of the motel, but didn't hear anything from the trains. Being a deep sleeper is an advantage here, of course. Several past experiences in other motels along the eastern part of Route 66 in Flagstaff have shown me that railroad noise can be bothersome, even for me. Not so with this motel. Yes, it is by Interstate 40. Even so, no obvious noise from the Interstate.
A real plus for this motel is its location on Lucky Lane, which caters to travelers. Lots of other motels nearby, and Denny's, McDonald's and Taco Bell are nearby, as is Sam's Club for fuel. I find the location here quite handy, and think you will too. I was also comforted to observe a wide variety of different license plates from the US and Canada, which tells me this Motel 6 is catering to travelers, and not one night stands with its accompanying crime. It looked as though a lot of the rooms were booked the night I stayed.
Normally I don't comment about what other travelers review, especially when it's concerning a lodging. I'm making an exception here. On this return trip, I didn't have the luxury at looking at TripAdvisor to make a booking, and just getting home with minimal expense in relative comfort was my overall goal. I was rather surprised to see so many very negative ratings for this motel. My experience staying here was worry free and with no complaints. If it is true there is still a problem with maintainance and housekeeping, my guess is it might be with the first and second floors. The check in desk clerk remarked to me those are the rooms that are given to those with reservations and/or early arrivals and are occupied more often than the third and fourth floor rooms. So keep that in mind. I'd rate this particular location on a par with Grants, NM (room) and Kingman east, AZ (location and neighborhood). See my past reviews of these motels for details. Kind of a hybrid between these two.
Bottom line: would Underdog steer you wrong? Go check this place out. If I had a good night's stay, I think you can do likewise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Motel 6 Flagstaff East - Lucky Lane is located near the Museum of Northern Arizona, Walnut Canyon Monument, Meteor Crater, and Snow Bowl Ski Park. Wi-Fi is down until renovation is completed. Modern Rooms. ... more less
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- Motel Six Flagstaff