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What’s the difference between a hotel and a motel?
by Tracey Christensen
Nowadays the difference between hotels and motels has become less distinct than in former years. Hotels and motels both provide accommodation for travellers with a varying range of facilities and services. The key differences are listed below.
The term ‘motel’ actually originated from the phrase ‘motorist’s hotel’ and was used to describe ‘hotels’ that were purpose-built for travellers along the highway. Motels are usually located outside the central city area, close to or visible from main roadways. They commonly have rooms opening directly onto their carparks, allowing their customers to park their car in close proximity to their room, and have basic, comfortable accommodation. Motels generally cater to those on the road looking for somewhere to sleep for the night, eatbreakfast and continue on their journey in the morning as quickly as possible. Although many motels offer breakfast, they do not always have a restaurant or room service. Lower room rates make motels a suitable choice for the budget conscious holiday maker.
Hotels, by contrast, are normally found in urban areas and are intended for longer stays. They have better facilities and amenitiessuch as restaurants, room service, swimming pools and a range of other services suitable for holiday makers or business travellers.
Individual hotels and motels differ in the services and facilities offered, and many motels blur the boundaries between hotel and motel and are ideal for longer stays. Don’t assume that because a property is called a ‘motel’ that it won’t have a swimming pool or restaurant. Contact the motel or hotel direct for a complete list of services and facilities.