March 11, 2008 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – Motel 6, known for offering a clean, comfortable room for the lowest price of any national chain, is reinventing the economy lodging experience with the announcement of its first new prototype in 12 years. Accor North America, one of the nation's largest hotel owner/operators and the parent company of Motel 6, today unveiled the Motel 6 "Phoenix" prototype. In early consumer feedback guests found the new prototype to have a modern, European boutique-style flair that they find both unexpected and appealing.
"We are excited to have received such positive reactions from our customers about the "Phoenix" design, and are confident that our future guests will also appreciate the fresh, modern design look and welcoming appeal of the new rooms," said Olivier Poirot, CEO of Motel 6 and Studio 6. "The "Phoenix" prototype will set a new standard for economy hotels. We are also very excited to resume Motel 6 corporate development again and to have this new prototype to offer our guests and franchisees. By increasing the growth of both corporately-owned and franchised locations in our network, Motel 6 and Studio 6 are getting closer to achieving the goal of reaching 1,200 North American properties by 2010."
The Phoenix prototype, named after the mythical bird symbolizing rebirth and renewal, signifies the reinvention of Motel 6 and the re-establishing of its position as the uncontested leader in price value in the economy segment. True to the spirit of Motel 6, the new design is simple, functional and straight to the point. Priestman Goode of London designed the room to optimize the use of space by combining multiple functions into a single piece of furniture to provide modern functionality.
Major features of the Phoenix prototype include a new building exterior designed by BOKA Powell, a spacious lobby with a new 24-hour food and beverage vending market place, and a modern guestroom design that features bright accent colors. The room includes ambient lighting, wood-effect flooring rather than carpet, and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. The flat screen TV is displayed on the entertainment unit which conceals the door-less wardrobe behind it, thus combining two needs into one unit. Also included on the entertainment unit is a cubby for personal items and a multi-media panel allowing guests to plug in their mp3 players, CD players and laptop computers – this feature allows guests to listen to their favorite tunes or use the flat-screen TV as their computer monitor while enjoying Wi-Fi internet access in their room. The room also features pedestal beds with a new taupe-colored coverlet and pillow-top platform mattress. Guests will also notice the clean style and the upscale touch of the colored bed scarf that matches the accent wall color.
The settee/banquette seating area is a new feature for Motel 6 that will set it apart from others in the economy sector. The "table for two" is situated in the corner of the room with a design that encourages and allows for interaction between guests, whether during meals, discussions or games. The new, modern bathroom features double doors, black granite counter top with a vessel/raised sink and a walk-in shower that includes a molded seat for comfort and convenience. The bathroom features a large vanity area with a bright decorative towel cubby on the wall that adds extra accent lighting.
Upon entering the room the guest is greeted by a short corridor, leading into the open space of the room. The bathroom is situated off of the entrance corridor, and for added privacy all of its elements are separate from the rest of the room. The feel of the bedroom is bright and airy due in large part to the minimal furniture that, by design, seems to float in the space. The pedestal bed allows for storage of luggage under the bed and allows for easy cleaning access and visibility.
"This design embodies the heart of Motel 6 – it's no-frills, uncomplicated and efficient with a new modern edge," said Jim Amorosia, president and COO of Motel 6 and Studio 6. "The Phoenix prototype offers the best of both worlds - an upscale feel at the lowest price of any national chain."
After a design competition, the Phoenix prototype design by Priestman Goode was chosen based on input from franchisees and guests. The first Phoenix prototype will be a corporate-owned location, and construction will begin in the latter half of 2008. The new prototype will be available to franchisees in the summer of 2009. Future plans call for many current Motel 6 corporate properties to be retrofitted with elements of the new prototype. For more information on Motel 6, please visit motel6.com.
Motel 6 offers the best price of any national chain at more than 900 company-owned and franchised locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. For 21 years Motel 6 has used the tagline, "We'll leave the light on for you," earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 was the first national pet friendly chain, welcoming pets since 1962. Standard amenities include free local phone calls, no long distance access charges, free morning coffee, data ports, and cable channel line-up with premium channels including HBO, ESPN/ESPN2, and CNN. Most locations offer swimming pools and guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit motel6.com.
Headquartered in Dallas (Carrollton), Texas, Accor North America operates more than 950 upscale and economy properties including nationwide economy leaders Motel 6 and Studio 6 and the upper-upscale Sofitel and upscale Novotel locations in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit accor-na.com.
Accor, the European leader in hotels and tourism, and a global leader in corporate services, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000 employees. It offers to its individual and corporate clients 40 years of expertise in its two core businesses:
-Hotels, with the Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1, Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands: over 4,100 hotels and 486,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre;
-Services to corporate clients and public institutions: 23 million people in 35 countries benefit from Accor Services products – meal and food vouchers, people care, incentive and loyalty programs.