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The history of motels is quite unique and has been growing over the years. Find out how they first came about and why.

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History of motels
A motel is an establishment that provides travelers, motorists and vacationers the space and room for lodging and parking, where the rooms have direct access to the parking area. A motel is what most people now go for when they have to make a booking for a night's stay in their journey. The main reason for this is because motels offer good facilities, just as hotels, but at much cheaper rates.

The concept of motels has grown by leaps and bounds, and now there are a plenty of motel chains in the US as well as in other parts of the world. The highly developed motel industry today, started real slow and in a small scale. This article aims to explain the history of motels and how it evolved over time to what it is today.

The history of motels is quite interesting. The concept of motels started with the establishment of the US interstate highway, which began in the 1920s. As highways were built, it enabled people to travel long distance journeys much easily. During these long journeys, travelers found it impossible to find lodging in the suburbs (with hotels being located in city centers).

It is to cater to this need that motels sprang up. They were located by the interstate highways, in the suburbs, where travelers were provided with lodging and parking facilities, usually for an overnight's stay. The first motel in the world is the Milestone Mo-Tel of San Luis Obispo, (now named as Motel Inn), which was constructed by Arthur Heineman at a cost of $80,000 in 1925. The word "Motel" came as part of a linking of the two words, "Motorist"/ "Motor" and "Hotel".

Motels came in handy during this period and there were a huge number of travelers that sought the facilities of motels rather than going to expensive hotels. However, the concept of motels started to decline with the setting up of the Holiday Inn chain (of Wilson, Kemmons). But, you would be able to find some old motels in some parts of the United States that provide the same old lodging and parking facilities at low rates.

One difference in motels then and now is that motels of the early days only offered rooms for overnight stay with parking. But motels now offer rooms, with food and other entertainment facilities (such as Cable TVs and Swimming pools) along with parking, at affordable rates, still much cheaper than hotels.

Motels nowadays, also known as Guest Houses, are used mostly by couples for sexual purposes, and hence most rooms are offered for the customers for about two to three hours, charged at hourly rates, or in some places at day rates.

As a whole, motels were of great use to travelers back in the old days when travelling long distances required the need for a rest during nights. At present, there a number of famous motel chains that offer similar but improved services to their respective customers.

SUMMARY

This article aims to explain the history of motels and how it evolved over time.
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