Motel 6 Breaks Ground on New, Greener Hotel Design

Motel 6 held groundbreaking ceremonies on Monday in Northlake, Texas, for the first corporately-built and owned property to feature the newly-redesigned Motel 6 building and room design. The property, located between Dallas and Fort Worth, will showcase the "Phoenix" prototype, named after the mythical birth of rebirth and renewal. The new design is a revolution in the economy lodging experience, featuring rooms with a modern, Euro-chic design.

"With all the environmentally aware features and the sleek new design, this is truly our greenest motel ever," says Olivier Poirot, CEO for Accor North America, Motel 6 and Studio 6. "This is the first look at how Motel 6 is growing and will take the industry lead in being a good steward of the environment while still offering travelers a great room at the best price of any national chain."

In addition to its modern styling, the design incorporates a number of green and environmentally friendly features, such as wood-effect laminate flooring made of 80% pre-consumer recycled material, and the building is designed to house a system of thermal solar panels for water heating purposes. The property will also adhere to the company's ongoing earth-friendly initiatives like the fluorescent light bulb and battery recycling program, the use of technologically advanced heating and cooling systems, the Honeywell Cool Control Plus program, and water conservation measures.

The "Phoenix" prototype was first unveiled by Motel 6 in March of 2008. Major features 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. In addition to the wood-effect laminate flooring, the room also includes a 32-inch flat-screen TV, ambient lighting, a multi-media panel for mp3 players, CD players and laptop computers, Wi-Fi internet access, and a settee/banquette seating area.
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