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Motel 6 Executives Break Ground on Their ‘Greenest Motel Ever’


DALLAS—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 features 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,” said Olivier Poirot, CEO for Accor North America, Motel 6 and Studio 6. “This is the first look at how Motel 6 is growing and how it is taking 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 percent 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 eco-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.

The Northlake property is scheduled to open during the second half of 2009. In addition, Motel 6 has already begun renovating corporate properties in Texas with the new room design and at select properties across the country. For more information on Motel 6, visit www.motel6.com.