• 71


    Further hotels are currently under construction or in the project phase, including ones in Warsaw, Dublin, Milan.

  • 20.160


    with high-quality interior

  • 9


    in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Spain, France and UK


The Munich-based company was founded in 2000 and currently operates 71 hotels with 20,160 rooms. 

Motel One offers a unique combination of high-quality interiors, exclusive design, excellent service and outstanding city centre locations at attractive prices.

As the creator and a champion of the budget design concept, we believe in evolving continuously rather than resting on our laurels.
We embrace our social responsibility, encourage and support our employees, give them a stake in the company’s success with attractive incentives, and do our bit towards social integration.
We are warm hosts and committed to sustainable development.

We strive to maintain high levels of satisfaction among our staff and our guests.
These things provide a solid basis for the successful evolution of Motel One in major cities in Germany and abroad.

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  • Dieter Müller, CEO
  • Philippe Weyland, Development
  • Franz Wiessler, Technology
  • Daniel Müller, Operations
  • Ursula Schelle-Müller, Marketing
  • Armin Rödel, CFO
  • Stefan Lenze, Development & Legal
  • Armin Rödel, Finance

Supervisory Board

  • Horst Schaffer, Munich, Chairman
  • Heinz Heiler, Waghäusel, Deputy Chairman
  • Berthold Wipfler, Karlsruhe

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  • Dieter Müller and Philippe Weyland come up with the idea for Motel One while having breakfast together in a small café in the Haidhausen district of Munich.


  • The Motel One brand is born.
  • The first Motel One opens in Frankfurt-Offenbach.


  • Motel One is attracted to city centres.
  • The Motel One Berlin-Mitte hotel opens its doors.


  • The Motel One design concept is developed.


  • In Nuremberg and Hamburg, the turquoise egg chair moves in for the first time, and the first One Lounges provide an inviting space for guests to relax and unwind.
  • With clear positioning as a low budget design hotel, Motel One assumes a pioneering role in Germany.


  • Motel One is awarded the AAA rating for the first time in the Treugast Investment Ranking, along with Accor, Marriott and Starwood Hotels.
  • The Morgan Stanley Real Estate’s Special Situations Fund III acquires a 35% stake in Motel One GmbH.
  • Motel One CEE is established as a joint venture with the Verkehrsbüro Group for expansion in Austria. 


  • Motel One named ‘Most Wanted Investment Partner’ by Treugast.
  • More than 3,000 rooms available for the first time.


  • Founder and CEO Dieter Müller becomes ‘Hotelier of the Year’.
  • Motel One is growing – more than 4,400 Motel One rooms are now offered.


  • Motel One is named ‘Best Budget Hotel in Germany’ for the first time by the German Institute for Service Quality on behalf of n-tv.


  • The first Motel One hotels in Austria are opened in Salzburg and Vienna.
  • Motel One now has more than 8,000 rooms.


  • The first Motel One opens in the UK: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal.
  • The number of guests across all 42 Motel One hotels exceeds 3 million for the first time.
  • awards Motel One the title of ‘Most popular budget hotel chain for business travellers in Germany’ for the third time in a row.


  • The 10,000th Motel One room opens at the Motel One Vienna-Prater.
  • In 2013, the members of the world’s biggest travel website TripAdvisor include four Motel One hotels in their top 25 budget hotels in Germany. 


  • Motel One opens its first hotel in Belgium (Brussels) and the first one in the Czech Republic (Prague).
  • The Motel One Campus, home of the One University, opens in Munich.
  • Motel One receives the Grand Prix 2014 from the MKG Group at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards in Paris.


  • The Motel One Amsterdam becomes the group’s first hotel in the Netherlands.
  • Motel One is awarded the German Marketing Prize.
  • Motel One is named ‘Top National Employer 2015’ by Focus in collaboration with Kununu, and also wins the HR Excellence Award 2015.
  • Start of the integration project for young refugees in Munich.
  • The breakfast is expanded with a wide selection of organic products.


  • Motel One opens its first hotel in Switzerland: Motel One Basel.
  • Dieter Müller, founder and CEO of Motel One Group, receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF)
  • Motel One wins the German Education Prize 2016 for its training and development concept at One University.
  • Motel One is named ‘Best Budget Hotel in Germany’ for the fourth time in succession.
  • EY presents Ursula Schelle-Müller and Dieter Müller with the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 award.
  • The AAA rating in the Treugast Investment Ranking has been retained every year since 2008.
  • Deutsche Bundesbank reconfirms the investment grade.
  • In 2016, Motel One welcomes 5.4 million guests in its 55 hotels.
  • The new slogan is introduced: ‘Like the price. Love the design.’


  • Motel One receives the German Service Prize for the fourth time in a row.
  • Motel One’s integration project extended to Berlin.
  • Motel One named ‘Best Employer’ for the second time (awarded by FOCUS magazine in cooperation with XING and kununu).
  • Motel One receives the German Brand Award.
  • The Motel One Edinburgh-Royal wins the Scottish Hospitality Award.
  • Deutsche Bundesbank reconfirms the investment grade.
  • Motel One defends its top spot in the TREUGAST Investment Ranking.
  • beONE digital membership programme launched.
  • Motel One receives the Rolling Pin Award.
  • One Foundation founded to offer support to underprivileged groups.


  • Motel One opens its first hotel in Spain, Motel One Barcelona-Ciutadella, as well as its first in France – Motel One Paris-Porte Dorée.
  • Motel One is honoured with the renowned Game Changer Award by Bain & Company and manager magazin.
  • Motel One once again wins the Hospital HR Award and is named Germany’s best budget hotel for the fifth time in a row.
  • Additional prizes in 2018 include the Deutscher Kunden-Award (German customer award: first place in three categories), the Rolling Pin Award and the title of Preis-Leistungs-Sieger (price-performance champion) from YouGov for the Handelsblatt.
  • With its urban organic breakfast, Motel One is leading a new breakfast concept in Germany and Austria, with a focus on a broader selection of organic products.
  • The beOne digital membership programme records 304,000 registered members.
  • Motel One has more than 71 hotels and 20,160 rooms across nine countries.

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