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Find out what a motel is and the services they offer, and how they differ from hotels.

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What is a motel
What would be the first two things that would come into your mind when you plan to go on a trip? The first thing would be the place or location that you intend to go to, and the second thing is where you are going to stay or rest at during your stay over there. What would be your options? Stay at a five star Hotel, or at a Rest House? Well, these options would be very costly. How about staying at a Motel? Do you know what a motel is? Well, this article aims to explain all the related information about motels and the uses of it.

So, what is a motel? How did it originate? The word 'Motel' is derived from the two English words "motor"/ "motorist" and "hotel". A Motel, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as "an establishment which provides lodging and parking and in which the rooms are usually accessible from an outdoor parking area". As defined in Microsoft Encarta, "a motel is a hotel intended to provide short-term lodging for traveling motorists, usually situated close to a highway and having rooms accessible from the parking area".

The above two definitions would give you a clear idea of what a motel is. The concept of "motel" originated in the United States as a result of the establishment of the interstate highways. Hotels and Rest houses were mainly based in cities thus leaving travelers and motorists no option other than to travel non-stop to the next city or state without having to rest. The Motels came in handy due to this reason. Since motorists and travelers couldn't find reasonable lodging facilities in the suburbs, the idea of Motel came into being. With the establishment of motels, travelers could and are now able to find lodging in the suburbs.

The basic characteristics that would help you distinguish a motel from any other type of lodging or rest arena could simply be detailed as follows.

1. It is targeted mainly at motorists who travel from one city to another, and provides shelter for a night's stay (overnight), unlike in hotels or rest houses.

2. It is relatively smaller when compared to Hotels.

3. It is also much cheaper than staying at a Hotel, but most of those are as good and convenient as hotel rooms.

4. A Motel's layout is such that the rooms have (outside) separate entrances, which enables the guests to directly reach the parking area, and back to the room. In Hotels however, you would have to go to the rooms passing the lobby, with no direct entry from the parking lot to the rooms.

5. Motels do not serve food (dinner), but Hotels and Rest Houses do offer it. (But most motels now offer this facility too)

6. Motels are located near interstate highways (mainly in suburbs), while Hotels and restaurants are located within city limits.

There are a number of companies that operate motels in large scale, due to the increased demand for such lodging facilities by travelers and vacationers. So, the next time you plan to go on a trip for vacation, stay at a motel to feel the difference.


This article aims to explain everything about motels and its basic characteristics.
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