Motels vs. Hotels, the Great Travel Debate

HotelWhen you are traveling and in need of a place to stay you have several options. These include both hotels and motels. At first there may not appear to be a difference between them, but choosing the right one can make a world of difference in your travel experience. What you pick depends on your situation, what you need, how much your budget offers, and how long you plan on staying.

The definition of hotel is a location that offers lodging, meals, and other travel services. They are often located in city centers as a vacation destination. The motel, on the other hand describes a place that provides some, but not all of those travel services that are provided by hotels. They are usually found along highways so that people can take a quick rest when traveling.
The two not only are different in how they are defined, but also in architecture. A hotel typically has over a hundred rooms spread out through many floors and have staircases, elevators, and corridors that are indoors. Motels are usually comprised of one or two floors with rooms that are accessed from the outside so that guests can have easy access from the parking lot, so that getting their belongings is easier. Specific luxury hotels may have certain architectural styles that are particular to each company.

Another thing that differentiates motels from hotels is the employees. A hotel will usually have receptionists, bellhops, and concierge’s where you can purchase attraction tickets or get information on things to do in the area. Higher end ones may also employ chefs, parking valets, and doormen, as well as a member of management in house at all times so that problems can be resolved quickly. Motels may hire only a receptionist and a few housekeepers. In smaller ones, the receptionist may also do some of the light housekeeping and maintenance duties.

Hotels and motels also differ in the types of services they offer. If you are looking for a facility that offers room service from an on-site restaurant, laundry on site, indoor swimming pools, and a fitness center, you would be better off staying in the first. Resorts are classified under this type, where you will occasionally find casinos and water parks. Motels usually only offer a light breakfast, if one at all, and a swimming pool, often outdoors.

Knowing the difference between the two can make or break your vacation. Usually you do get what you pay for and you don’t want to be disappointed.

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