Motel 6 Turns 50

Motel 6 celebrates 50 years of operation this year By: Janeen Christoff
Motel 6 celebrates its 50th Anniversary with renovated, eco-friendly rooms. // © 2012 Motel 6
Motel 6 celebrates its 50th Anniversary with renovated, eco-friendly rooms. // © 2012 Motel 6

Motel 6 is celebrating its 50-year legacy this year. Founded in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1962 by two American entrepreneurs, the first Motel 6 was a hit with budget-conscious travelers for its clean rooms and unbeatable nightly rates. Decades later, Carrollton, Texas-based Motel 6 has welcomed millions of travelers to its 1,100 company-owned and franchised locations, which continue to offer some of the lowest prices of any national chain.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Motel 6 unveiled a new advertising campaign that highlights its heritage and introduces a younger generation to the brand. The advertising campaign includes two television spots — “Lightbulb” and “Metamorphosis” — that are designed to evoke feelings of nostalgia for the Motel 6 brand and the American road trip, with a little help from the brand’s longstanding “voice,” Tom Bodett. www.motel6.com

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