This weekend I attended the Travel & Words Conference in the small town of Walla Walla, Washington. Since this town is completely on the other side of the state, almost a six-hour drive from where I live, I wanted to spend an extra day and explore. But, I was dropping some cash to stay at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center which meant if I decided to go a day early it would have to be the cheapest overnight stay I could find. What I found was a $60 room at Motel 6 Walla Walla.
Right now you might be thinking, yuck, no way. I had the same reaction.
Then I started reading the reviews like clean room, comfy beds, nice towels, and very close to downtown. And the pictures showed brightly decorated rooms and modern bedding. For the sake of my budget, I booked a room and hoped it didn’t turn into a nightmare.
Motel 6 Walla Walla – Walla Walla Wine Country on a Budget
When I arrived, the outside looked like any other Motel 6, which is what I expected. After I had checked in, the bigger question became, would my room match the picture on the internet?
I could tell the structure of the motel was older. It had wear and tear, just like all the other Motel 6’s I’ve ever stayed at. But, inside my room, the modern touches, like bright walls and nicer comforters, which did match the pictures I saw, made it feel less like a Motel 6.
- A comfy bed and pillow (I always bring my own pillow because hotel pillows are too soft and give me a kink in my neck. The night I stayed there I didn’t have to use my pillow.)
- The motel is four short blocks away from Main Street where there are lots of wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and shops.
- A flat screen TV with cable.
- A refrigerator and a microwave.
- Pets are allowed.
- Free WiFi (although the connection wasn’t always the greatest).
- On-site laundry room (I didn’t use it, but the space was clean).
- If you need a snack or soda, there is a gas station on one side.
- No alarm clock.
- No shampoo, conditioner or lotion.
- The faucet in my room (117) had very little water pressure (The shower did).
- You can hear nearby guests.
- The pool area was tiny and not well suited to poolside lounging.
- I did notice some Christmas candy behind my nightstand, so I’m not sure how clean the room really was.
Would I stay at Motel 6 Walla Walla again? Yes, especially for budget travel and if my plan was to be out of my room for most of the day visiting wineries and seeing the sights. For a step up, I would upgrade to the Best Western Plus Walla Walla Suites Inn, which is about two blocks away.
Walla Walla Travel Tips
Hotel Address: 305 N 2nd Ave. Walla Walla, Wa. 99362
Nearby Airports: Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities.
Drive Time From Major Airports: From Seattle, it’s a 4.20-hour drive. From Portland, it’s a 4-hour drive.
Winery Travel Tip: Walla Walla has over 140 wineries.
Limo Travel Tip: There is a new company in Walla Walla called Main Street Drivers. It isn’t a typical limo service. Their drivers drive your car at a rate of $35 an hour with no additional passenger fees, which is more affordable. They also offer custom wine tours.