The lights at the first Motel 6 come on in Santa Barbara, California, welcoming people and pets for just $6 per night.
Motel 6 opens its largest location, Motel 6 Tropicana, amid the glittery lights of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Motel 6 reaches 300 locations and introduces rentable color-TVs in guest rooms.
1986Motel 6 begins its award-winning “We’ll leave the light on for you®” advertising campaign featuring the voice of Tom Bodett.
Motel 6 turns 25 years old.
Motel 6 launches Studio 6 Extended Stay suites featuring fully-equipped kitchenettes designed for longer stays.
2000Motel 6 goes international, opening its first location outside the U.S. in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.
2002Motel 6th celebrates its 40th birthday at the first location in Santa Barbara, California.
2006Motel 6 invests more than $6 million in properties to help rebuild New Orleans and Gulfport following Hurricane Katrina.
2009Motel 6 introduces its first, newly constructed Phoenix prototype in Northlake, Texas, revolutionizing the economy lodging experience with energy-saving features and a sleek, modern design.
2010Motel 6’s all new room design wins the 2010 Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Large Hotel.
2011Motel 6 opens its 1,100th location in Cleburne, Texas.
2012Motel 6 turns 50 years old and celebrates 50 years of still saving you money.
2014G6 Hospitality increases its network of properties to more than 1,200 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.
G6 Hospitality veterans initiatives are recognized by Viqtory Publishing (Military Friendly Company), Military Times (Best for Vets employers list) and the company is inducted into the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership.
Studio 6 receives a Franchise Times Zor Award. Our veterans initiatives are once again recognized as G6 is designated a #1 Military Friendly Employer by Viqtory Publishing, and Military Times ranks G6 #11 Best for Vets employers among for-profit companies. G6 Hospitality ranks in the top 75 of Entrepreneur Media’s Franchise 500.
Motel 6 was named the “Best Budget-Friendly Hotel Brand” as part of USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. A panel of travel experts and 10Best.com editors selected USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Award nominees, and the final top 10 winners were then chosen by the readers’ popular vote.
About G6 Hospitality
G6 Hospitality LLC owns, operates, and franchises more than 1,400 economy lodging locations under the Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in the United States and Canada and the Hotel 6 brand in India. Having opened its 1,000 franchise location in 2018, G6 also has plans to franchise the Hotel 6 and Estudio 6 brands in Central America. Headquartered in Dallas (Carrollton), Texas, G6 Hospitality recently placed 73rd in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 40th Annual Franchising 500. The company has also been named a “Best for Vets” employer by Military Times and in 2018 was inducted into the Military Spouses Employment Partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. In 2020, Motel 6 was named the “Best Budget-Friendly Hotel Brand” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.