The sign is clearly visible from the highway and it's easy to find.
There are a couple of parking spaces near the office reserved for people checking in.
There is someone at the desk who is friendly and helps me check in.
The rate is the same as I was quoted on the website.
I am given a ground floor room as I requested on my reservation.
The door to my room is within a few steps of a parking space.
The facility includes a functional ice machine, a microwave (either in the lobby or in the room), and a coin operated laundry facility for guests.
The windows in the room open to allow fresh air.
I don't ask a lot. I know I'm opting for a no-frills accommodation. But some places don't even live up to these basic necessities. So I'm keeping a log here of how each location lives up to what I consider "The Motel 6 Promise." My hope is that I have a reference here that will help me avoid returning to places that don't fit the bill.
Arcata - Valley W. Blvd
Laundry and microwave, ice and vending machines are in the annex to the office. There are lots of grassy areas for the dog. The only small complaint is that the curb in front of the rooms is painted red, so the only parking is across the driveway. Not a huge problem, especially since I can park in the red zone to load in and out. There have been times when I've gone out and come back and found that there was no parking in the section in front of my room, so I had to park elsewhere. But, as I said, it wasn't a problem because I could load in from the red zone.
Santa Rosa - Cleveland Ave.
On the plus side, there's a microwave in the lobby, as well as one functioning ice machine out of the two near the vending machines in an outdoor alcove near the office. Parking in front of the rooms is possible and there is plenty of dog running area. Also, it's right next door to Brody's Burgers. Excellent food with a drive-thru.On the down side, there is no guest laundry facility at this property.
When I checked in, the androgenous desk clerk tried to give me a second floor room, but I balked. Ze then gave me a ground floor room with a single bed, next to a couple that had loud sex all night. Toward the end of the day, people gathered to chat on the lawn outside my door. At one point someone left a bouquet of flowers outside my door.
Coos Bay - Bayshore Dr.
A prison with terrible parking. I had to park all the way on the other side of a restaurant sharing the same parking lot. Every guest in the place has to enter the corridor from one of two doors. The rear one is locked after 10pm. I encountered many people smoking outside that door and several other dog-owners which made entry and exit a stressful situation. I left most of my belongings in the car because it was such a long haul to get to my room.