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Motel One: Great Design for Little Money


Okay, we are spoiled. When you are a regular visitor of the site you’ll have noticed that our traveling sleepovers occur in some fab places which are not affordable for everyone. That’s why we applaud concepts like Motel One: Great Design for Little Money.

With 50 hotels spread over Germany, Austria, Belgium and the UK (and still expanding), Motel One proves to have established a successful concept, and it has been awarded for it. For instance Tripadvisor listed Motel One as European ‘Top-Trend’ hotel and ‘Top-Budget’ hotel. The room rates start at €59 and are fixed across all sales channels. Supplement costs from €20 to €50 only apply during special events or holidays, and are always clearly communicated in advance.


And now you’re wondering, what do I get for these prices? Well, a lot! To start with, you’ll reside in a beautifully designed setting. Each hotel uses the general guidelines in terms of color -the characteristic Motel One turquoise and chocolate brown- but the furniture and details in the public areas are adapted to the local market, or better put: recognizably unique. For example, we stayed at Motel One Brussels, and the hotel features typical local elements such as Royalty, lace and chocolate. There is a fabulous mural (made of glass) of Belgian Royalty overlooking the bar, lace print details on some furniture, and fun chocolate-related quotes on mirrors or walls.

All the furniture and lighting is from renowned designers or famed interior design brands such as Arne Jacobsen (the Egg chair) or ARTEMIDE (the ARCO lamp). In our Brussels’ hotel we noticed some items from Moooi, Carpet Sign, and Jacco Maris. Dutch Design we’re proud of!

The rooms at Motel One are compact (an average of 16 m²) but cosy. They all feature a large LOEWE flatscreen –with seasonally accorded ‘zen’ welcome screen (an aquarium in summer, a fireplace in winter)- and the bathrooms consist of dark granite, Dornback washbasins and showerheads. The bed- and bath linen are of heavy 5-star quality.
We were lucky to stay in a room with balcony and a superb view of Brussels.


• 24 hours check-in
• non-smoking
• rooms for disabled people
•1 child aged 0-6 stays free of charge in parent’s room (incl. breakfast), same for 1 child aged 7-12, but excl. breakfast
• Free Wi-Fi access
• iPads available at reception
• The all-in-one Lounge (bar, lobby, breakfast café) is open 24 hrs
• Continental breakfast buffet for only €7,50 (£7,50 for the UK), from 6 am to 10 am during weekdays, and from 7 am to 11 am in the weekends (and public holidays). The croissants were yummy!

Motel One is set top open a hotel at the Amsterdam RAI at the end of 2015.

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