We stayed here last year for one night, and this year we stayed here for 2 nights, one week apart, in different rooms. We routinely stay here for one night after driving up from where we live and before we check in to our regular place. I remember last year being pleasantly surprised - stunned - that we were able to find a pet friendly property that was reasonably priced for an August night in Newport. So on that, things haven't changed and I'm still very happy that we were able to find a room for us and our 200-lb. Saint Bernard for $75 a night (actually more like $60 plus RI state taxes) on a Thursday night in August in Newport. (On Friday night the prices changed to $99, which would probably be more like $115 with taxes.) That's the good news. More good news is as follows: We were able to book online and that was very efficient and convenient, there were no snafus when we went to check in even when we checked in later than expected. We got the floor and the kind of rooms we requested. (We'd asked for a first floor room because the dog is afraid of stairs.) At check in the staff was very nice, the first time we were able to have our pick of rooms, literally. And the second time when I asked about having items we needed a fridge for (we had a cooler but feared that the blueberries would get moldy) they offered the fridge in the break room because the in room ones had all been claimed. The motel is in an L shape and there is lots of parking near the entrances, which are key-card entry only, nice to have the security although I never felt we needed it (even though the hotel is in a commercial and busy area of town, we have a convertible and left the top down overnight, everything was untouched and fine). Keep in mind it has interior corridors - those with pets may want to make a note. The location is nice for a temporary place, because even thought Coddington Highway is busy and I wouldn't want to live on it full time, the Motel 6 sits right next to a strip mall with a Stop and Shop, a Ninety-Nine restaurant, Old Navy, TJ Maxx, Wal-Mart and assorted other shops and a gas station, and is also in walking distance to Dunkin' Donuts and the diner on the rotary. After a long drive it's nice to be able to take a walk and go somewhere without getting into the car again! There is plenty of grass if your dog's not picky. There's coffee in the lobby, and when the ice machine broke they brought in a cooler full of ice, which was nice. And speaking of ice, the A/C worked really, really well. The housekeeping staff was diligent.
Some things that need improvement... the first time, we stayed on the end in the smaller side of the L shape. We stayed in a wheelchair-accessible room because at the time that was the only way to ensure we got a first floor room. The room itself was fine, but it smelled funny - like mildew, kind of. Or maybe it's the cleaner. There is the same, faint, smell in the front lobby and in the other room we stayed in, but here it was most evident. The second time, we stayed toward the end, but not on the end, of the long side of the L. This year and last year we were here, and on the side that faces Coddington Hwy. If the noise bothers you from the road then don't be on this side if you can help it. In this second time, we had a couple of other, minor, issues. One was noise - and not from the street. The people on one side of us, across the hall from us, etc., were having a party or a fight or something and it was pretty loud - woke up my husband early in the am. The other issue we had was that one of the beds (we had 2 full size beds - it says queens but I think they're doubles) I think was broken. The interior of the bed just sunk waaaaay down. It didn't feel like the other beds we'd stayed in. The first room we stayed in had internet access, the second it wasn't even an option. I was disappointed in this - if you want internet they charge you $2.99 a day. It's not much - it's not like those other high end places that charge $20 a day - but I really felt like it should be included just like cable. And only some of the rooms have the ability to have internet, which I also thought was odd. In my mind it should be universal. The other thing to keep in mind is the toiletries - as in, Motel 6 doesn't generally provide anything more than soap and the towels are rather small. I'm not complaining - it's a Motel 6 and I don't have expectations of anything more - but just something to keep in mind. I can't blame the hotel for Coddington Hwy. being busy either, it is what it is. By the way, I never even saw the porn shop that the other reviewers mentioned.
I wish I could better remember how I felt last year. In some respects I feel like I wasn't as impressed this time, but maybe last year I was so smitten by the fact that I had a place... and this year I was less forgiving. It was definitely the cheapest option anywhere on Aquidneck Island, and by a long shot, even the other budget motels were at least $20 a night more expensive. I wasn't thrilled with my experiences here this year, although there was nothing specifically bad to note, but at the same time I do intend on bringing the dog back up and staying here next year.
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