Eureka is not the only town to have problem motels but the cast of characters changes. The Sac Bee recently reported that the Motel 6 chain is being told by the City of Sacramento to clean up its act. The story is HERE.
Sacramento has had other problem lodging situations. The venerable Red Lion/Sacramento Inn complex near Arden Fair, where many of our local State workers were sent for training over the years, nosedived so badly into a dangerous and unsavory place that it was recently slated to be demolished.
In Eureka, the Motel 6 has not been a problem. It was not included on the list of “problem” properties that were tabulated by the Lost Coast Outpost as using a disproportionate share of the city’s resources for trouble calls etc in January of this year. Those properties were: Blue Heron Lodge (now closed), Chin’s Motel, Pine Motel, McCullens Motel, Broadway Motel, Budget Motel, Christie’s Motel, the Royal Inn, the Flamingo Motel and the Serenity Inn. I’ve had friends and relatives stay at the Motel 6 in Eureka and they thought it was fine, for the no-frills price.
The Motel 6 chain is noted, of course, for its dog-friendly policies. I’ve stayed at the Motel 6 in Santa Rosa – because of the dog- near Coddingtown and it was fine, nothing fancy but definitely safe. What a shame that the situation in Sacramento deteriorated so badly. People need clean, safe lodging at a reasonable price.
Like everyone else, I’ve been aware that sales operations pushing timeshares, questionable real estate developments and other bad ideas sometimes entice their victims with a free meal. Lately there are even out-of-town hospitals inviting our folks to sit through a presentation on the glories of their particular institution while munching on a free hotel meal. I can’t imagine why anyone shows up. I’m really put off by the notion that I’m such an imbecile or so broke that a free meal would cause me to choose one vendor over another. For a free meal, I couldn’t be bothered to drive downtown, not unless it was catered by Wolfgang Puck in person and we got to keep the chinaware.
But hundreds of people show up at these things. I’ve heard about people who show up at ALL of them. I wonder how many of you got an invitation, on thick paper, to a “Free Eureka Dinner Conference” involving real estate investing, at the Red Lion on Monday Nov 30th. According to the flyer, this is “sponsored” by a couple of A&E TV personalities but they will not be present. Nowhere in the literature can you find the name of the entity actually presenting this “Real Estate Income Event”. The return address is a “unicorn ” office In NYC, a virtual office where no one actually works. If you want advice from these folks, you’re welcome to it. I think I would recommend consulting one of our many local realtors or brokers, or taking a class. If you go, let us know how it was!!