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Renovated Properties Offer Modern Look and Eco-Friendly Features

DALLAS, Texas (June 22, 2009) – Accor North America, one of the nation’s largest owner/operators of economy lodging, announces the completion of several of its renovated Motel 6 properties in the Chicago area including: Arlington Heights; West-Villa Park; North-Glenview; Elk Grove; Northwest-Palatine; Southwest-Aurora; and Joliet. To celebrate the wave of renovated properties in the area and to showcase the new look rooms, the Motel 6 properties at West-Villa Park and Arlington Heights held grand opening events with room tours last week.

“We are proud that we have been able to bring the Motel 6 revolution to many of our properties in Chicago, and I am confident that travelers to the city will appreciate the fresh, modern look and welcoming appeal of the new rooms,” said Olivier Poirot, CEO of Accor North America, Motel 6 and Studio 6.

Each of the renovated properties features elements of the new “Phoenix” prototype design, which includes a modernized interior, sleek European boutique-style guestroom, wood-effect laminate flooring, and a variety of energy management systems. Now, visitors to Chicago can look forward to experiencing the new look and comfort of the renovated Motel 6 “Phoenix” prototype – still at the lowest price of any national chain.

The new modern guestroom design features bright accent colors, ambient lighting, and a pedestal bed that complements the room’s sleek, clean design. Additionally, guestrooms include a multi-media panel with A/V plug-ins for mp3 players, video game systems and laptop computers; Wi-Fi internet access; a settee/banquette area for two; and a 32-inch flat-screen TV.

In addition to its modern styling, the “Phoenix” design also incorporates a number of green and environmentally-friendly features. The renovated Chicago properties utilize Motel 6’s current energy management practices including the disposal of hazardous waste with a fluorescent light bulb and battery recycling program, energy-efficient PTAC units, and reduced water consumption with low-flow aerators for faucets and shower heads and 1.1 gallon low-flow toilets. The wood-effect laminate flooring is made of 80% pre-consumer recycled material.

Unveiled in March of 2008, the efficient, simple and modern design of the “Phoenix” represents a revolution for economy lodging in both appearance and environmentally-conscious practices. It will change the way travelers look at economy lodging – offering guests a modern feel while maintaining Motel 6’s traditional affordability.

Currently, Motel 6 corporate properties in select markets around the country are being renovated with elements of the new prototype. For more information on Motel 6, please visit For photos of the new “Phoenix” room go to


About Motel 6
Motel 6 offers the lowest price of any national chain at more than 1,000 company-owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. For 23 years Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you,” earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 was the first national pet friendly chain, welcoming pets since 1962. Standard amenities include free local phone calls, no long distance access charges, free morning coffee, data ports, Wi-Fi Internet access and cable channel line-up with premium channels including HBO, ESPN/ESPN2, and CNN. Most locations offer swimming pools and guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit

About Accor North America
Headquartered in Dallas (Carrollton), Texas, Accor North America operates more than 1,000 upscale and economy properties including nationwide economy leaders Motel 6 and Studio 6, Sofitel Luxury Hotels and upscale Novotel locations in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

About Accor Worldwide
Accor, the European leader and a major global group in hotels, the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in its two core businesses:
- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1, Studio 6 and Motel 6 brands, representing more than 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries.
- Services, with 23 million people in nearly 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in human resources, marketing services and expense management.

Laura Rojo-Eddy
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