2.81km from Napolis pizza IIMy husband and I had been driving fifteen hours en route to the Blue Ridge Parkway and waited to stop until after we got past Atlanta. As it was after midnight, we weren’t able to book online, so I registered at the front desk. The borderline-rude front desk agent told me the price would be $80, which is $20 more than any rates posted online and $50 more than they should charge. Exhausted, I did not argue, as I’ve had decent luck with Motel 6 over the last few years, post-renovation initiative. After a moment of worry that we would fall through the rusted-out steps to the second floor, we made it to the room. Superficially, the room looked to be in order; however, a visit to the restroom to take a quick shower revealed otherwise. The toilet was dirty, and the floor and shower stall both felt greasy to the touch. After drying off and getting into bed, I found mine to be rickety and creaky. The sheets were cheap and scratchy. My husband’s bed (king rooms were sold out) was so uncomfortable and the pillows so rock hard that he went to Walmart at 4:30 am to purchase a better pillow. That bought him at least a few hours of fitful sleep before the noises from outside woke us. Even if we’d wantes to sleep in, the surly-seeming housekeeping staff would have been loudly knocking on our doors, as we had no Do Not Disturb signs. The blackout curtains did work well, as the room was pleasantly dark for sleep. Too bad we didn’t get more of it. My husband and I travel extensively, and the Gainesville Motel 6 has the distinction of being one of the worst hotel stays in memory. A gas station parking lot nap might be preferable.