Budget Motel Makeovers

Budget Travel 07.2008

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Flipping through Budget Travel magazine, we noticed a small article on Motel 6 and Microtel, two budget chains that are trying to revamp their image without raising prices. Click below to see how designers made over these guest rooms for very little money...

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Motel 6 hired British firm Priestman Goode to create a prototype for 900 new motel rooms. The firm used platform beds to increase the sense of openness in the space. Grungy carpeting was replaced with wood and plastic laminate floors, a corner banquette gives guests a place to have coffee and work on their laptops, and the TV unit is set inside an alcove that doubles as closet space.

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Microtel invited Savannah College of Art & Design students to redesign the modern rooms. Bijal Patel won the competition and was hired to design the Microtel prototype, which will be used in 30 new hotels this year. Patel used screens to divide the bed from the sitting area and replaced the traditional motel bedspread with layered coverlets. For more information on the new redesigns, visit Motel 6's press room and Microtel's press room.

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What do you think? Did the designers succeed in creating cool, modern spaces on a budget or do these still feel like cheap motel rooms?

Photos: Motel 6 and Microtel

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