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Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown

1546 2nd Ave I-5/San Diego Freeway at 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101-3006
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Motel 6 San Diego Downtown is located within walking distance to area dining. Marina Park Beach is 1 mile. Ride the San Diego Trolley to popular San Diego destinations, 1.6 miles. Enjoy our modern rooms. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms for free.
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Free internet
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1546 2nd Ave I-5/San Diego Freeway at 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101-3006
Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown
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ashlee1278 wrote a review Feb 2024
Cessnock, Australia15 contributions6 helpful votes
Motel 6 San Diego downtown has terrible customer service and communication. After an error in my travel date at time of booking using their direct website, I contacted them 3 times via email and made multiple calls they were unresponsive. Even after contacting the motel 6 group, I did not receive a response from the property which resulted I me losing the entire cost of my stay. This motel’s management and staff provided no flexibility or understanding of this situation.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t stay
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Responded Feb 22, 2024
Hi Traveler, Thank you for providing feedback. Your experience is important to us and we appreciate you bringing your concerns to our attention. Natalie #Team6
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Joann V wrote a review Oct 2023
Orange County, California8 contributions
We booked the motel 6 because we attended a concert down in San Diego. The hotel kept calling me over and over asking me when I was checking in. Does it matter? I booked online and reserved it with my credit card. I've booked motel 6 in the past and no location has ever done that to me. The calls were beyond annoying. Also when we got there they wrote down the wrong room number 221 on the ticket. We go up to the room... key doesn't work and go back down... front desk guy tells us he made a mistake and wrote down the wrong number and our room was 211! We got in around 145am and he woke up the person in 221. Also the room vents were dirty, broken light switch fixtures, and the shower head is crooked and not up to code. Room also reeked of cigarettes. Only one bath towel. I get it... this is a motel and not a high star place but the calls were beyond annoying. Not recommended.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid at all costs!
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Response from Brand Experience Team, Other at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown
Responded Oct 24, 2023
Hi Traveler, Thanks for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We’d like to apologize for any inconvenience you experienced as a guest. We hold ourselves to a high standard and plan to give this issue the attention it deserves. It’s valued guests like you who are always driving us to be better, and we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. Maz K. #Team6
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William D wrote a review Aug 2023
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Manager, said she was new, was extremely rude. Barged into my room after explaining that I had slept past check out because I was very sick, she replies, “i don’t care” and then threatens to charge me an extra fee, calls the phone 10minutes later, twice. Horrible, I have never been treated like this at a hotel.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Be wary of the manager, also lots of drugs addicts
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Response from GSix Claudia A Garcia-Gonzalez, Owner at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown
Responded Aug 14, 2023
Hi William, We're sorry to hear that we fell short of your expectations during your recent stay. We apologize for any aggravation you had and appreciate you sharing your experience with us. We hope you’ll give us another chance in the future to make it a great stay for you. Lilith #Team6
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Thomas J wrote a review Jul 2023
Temecula, California3 contributions
This location was great. I wanted something fairly close to the convention center for comic con that wasn’t too expensive. The staff was super friendly and my room was clean. Motel 6 downtown is definitely where it’s at.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from GSix Claudia A Garcia-Gonzalez, Owner at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown
Responded Jul 31, 2023
Hi Thomas, We are glad you had a great experience and appreciate your feedback! We look forward to providing you with all of your future lodging needs. Lilith #Team6
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Gabriela M wrote a review Jul 2023
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Initially I thought it was a cheap place to book as we travel with our dogs & we are just going to sleep there and won’t be inside too much. But as a dog owner I would not feel comfortable booking here, as it felt unsafe to walk our dogs, leave them inside if we had to leave, leave at night for dinner or walk them outside to potty. We didn’t even check in once we drove by and saw it’s in the middle of the homeless encampment we cut our losses and booked elsewhere. Spend a little extra & book elsewhere to save your peace of mind and ultimately your money as they do not refund for same day cancellations. And No, You do not get what you pay for. I guess You could just bring your own tent and camp right outside as they may seem to allow that in that area?
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from GSix Claudia A Garcia-Gonzalez, Owner at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown
Responded Jul 24, 2023
Hi Gabriela, Thanks for taking the time to share your review! We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable night's rest, so we’re always disappointed to hear when that doesn’t happen. Even though we fell short of your expectations this time, we’re committed to doing better next time, and apologize for any inconvenience. Lilith #Team6
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Sage W wrote a review Jun 2023
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This motel has scratch marking inside the elevator resembling gang signs. Dirt, dust and debris trapped under the bed on frame and to the sides of frames. Some portions of the room appear not to have been dusted. There are miniature holes inside the walls. There’s also a smell that is indescribable. The area surrounding the motel makes you feel like you HAVE to lock the doors to the motel (which they do). Overall, you are getting what you pay for. $95 a night is a fair price considering you have to worry about your car possibly being broken into.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Err on the side of caution when booking this motel. Even if it’s for a night.
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Response from GSix Claudia A Garcia-Gonzalez, Owner at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown
Responded Jul 3, 2023
Hi Sage, Thanks for taking the time to share your review! We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable night's rest, so we’re always disappointed to hear when that doesn’t happen. Even though we fell short of your expectations this time, we’re committed to doing better next time, and apologize for any inconvenience. Lilith #Team6
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Fail1 wrote a review May 2023
San Diego, California135 contributions83 helpful votes
I have stayed at this hotel many times in the past 6 months. The location is very good and they actually have a parking lot for a reasonable fee. I have avoided Motel 6 brand throughout my life but was pleasantly surprised when I stayed here out of necessity the first time. The front desk staff is pleasant and accommodating. The rooms are simple but clean. However, in recent visits I have encountered the following: 1) They apparently have a contract with the city to house the unhoused. While I don’t have a particular problem with that, the lobby is frequented by drugged-out zombies and others acting inappropriately. 2) the wifi is consistently bad, even when close to the modem (yes, I know where it is), speeds are less than 1 mbps and the connection frequently drops out. It is impossible to get any work done. 3) there is one elevator and it is exceptionally slow, and also used by staff. If there’s a staff member in it with a cart, it’s full. 4) they inactivate your room card on check out day around 10:45 am which is a huge annoyance if you’re trying to get you and your stuff out by 11:00 am. This has happened the last two times I’ve stayed there, and they’ve not been truthful about it. 5) while this is a non-smoking hotel, the hallways frequently smell of tobacco and weed. This was my “go to” hotel in San Diego. I have two pending future reservations which I will most likely cancel and pay more to stay elsewhere. This could be a great place and I could overlook most of the typical shortcomings of a budget hotel but terrible wifi and drugged-out guests are two issues that drop this option to the bottom of the list.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from GSix Claudia A Garcia-Gonzalez, Owner at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown
Responded May 15, 2023
Hi Traveler, Thanks for your feedback! Providing a top-notch guest experience is always our goal, and we’re committed to improving. We hope to see you back soon! Lilith #Team6
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Bob Porter wrote a review Feb 2023
Squamish, Canada327 contributions126 helpful votes
Came to San Diego for the EV Expo. Bad news is there were 3 days of baseball at the same time. Rooms were insane , so I figured this was the best I could find within transit range of the convention center. That was the good news. Room had one soap bar and towels. No extras, no hair dryer or iron. Both the dryers and washing machines were out of order. One microwave in the laundry room. Area looks sketchy but no one bothered me over the 5 days I stayed. Many street people , just a sign of our society. Room was bare minimum. Don't get a room in the 101, 201, etc. side. You are facing a wall outside the window and people in the apt. building can see in and you can see them. Had the curtains closed for privacy. Plus, my first 2 nights I was next to the laundry. Well, they are doing laundry all night. I know because all you hear is the machines. Good news is, I found the staff friendly. Full hotel at the time but they moved me the last 3 nights. A view of the parking lot and south to the city was better. Had no car but free parking is a perk for some. Wish they charged for parking and gave me a discount.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: not on the side facing the apt. building next door.
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Response from Brand Experience Team, Other at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown
Responded Mar 9, 2023
Hi Bob, Here at Motel 6, we’re always trying to do better. We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your recent stay and would like to apologize that your experience wasn’t as good as it could’ve been. We’d love the chance to make it up to you, so hoping to see you again soon. Lilith #Team6
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Pelican Pete wrote a review Jan 2023
Upstate New York, New York28 contributions33 helpful votes
Spent one night in downtown San Diego at this location. Was average at best but fulfilled my needs on this nights stay and was satisfied. Much cheaper than lots of other hotels. Issues with A/C in first room but front desk person was very helpful and changed my room with NO hassle.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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Responded Mar 9, 2023
Hi Traveler, We are glad you had a great experience and appreciate your feedback! We look forward to providing you with all of your future lodging needs. Lilith #Team6
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Scott Z wrote a review Jan 2023
Santa Cruz, California2 contributions
Blackstone is running a contest in San Diego to determine which Motel6 is the worst. There are at least 5 contenders downtown. Think paying $80 but don't expect soap. Think end of the world hospitality. Front desk is outsourced to Haiti. I mean this chain is third world any way you look at it. Well done, Blackstone! Thank you for turning the chain into a toilet. City of San Diego is equally to blame no doubt. Welcome to Blackstone Slums of San Diego. Please consider selling out soon! Unless there's a tornado, you're better off sleeping in your vehicle in OB then patronizing a franchise slum.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown
Which popular attractions are close to Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown?
Nearby attractions include Little Italy Mercato Farmers' Market (0.4 km), Little Italy Mercato (0.5 km), and San Diego Civic Theatre (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include laundry service, free internet access, and self serve laundry.
What are some restaurants close to Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pappalecco, Queenstown Public House, and Extraordinary Desserts.
Is Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of San Diego.
Are any cleaning services offered at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Mormon Battalion Historic Site (4.6 km), Whaley House Museum (4.5 km), and The Homecoming Statue (1.3 km).
Is Motel 6 San Diego, CA - Downtown accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.