It once was a Quality Inn, followed by Days Inn. Now, the 153-room property at 1325 Veterans Parkway in downtown Columbus has been rebranded Motel 6.
The five-story hotel, with exterior room entrances, on Monday had blue plastic covering signs near the top of the structure. However, a sign atop a pole on the ground level revealed Motel 6 to motorists driving by, although the parking lot was empty.
Calls to the hotel were not answered. But a check of the Motel 6 reservation site listed a $45.99 nightly rate for two adults requiring a king bed and $49.99 for two full-size beds.
The reservation site also says the property — open many years under previous hotel flags — is “newly opened.”
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The chain has long had a Motel 6 at 3050 Victory Drive in south Columbus.
Founded in 1962, Motel 6 got its name from originally charging a rate of $6 per night. It has grown to more than 1,100 locations in North America, with a secondary extended-stay brand, Studio 6, launched in 1999. New York-based investment firm The Blackstone Group bought the chain from France-based Accor Hotels in 2012.