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Difference Between Hotel and Motel

Looking for the right stay on your vacation? What should you book? We take a look!
Chaitrali Datar May 18, 2020
All set for your travel? But having confusion whether to book accommodation in a hotel or a motel?
To find the right lodging for your stay (budget, needs and preferences), it is important to know the difference between a hotel and a motel.
Definition
The word Hotel originated in the year 1765 and comes from a French word meaning "establishment which provides lodging, meals and other services".
Motel came in 1965 and it blends the words 'motor' and 'hotel'. It also refers to establishment but different from a hotel. They originated as inns along the major highways.
Architechture
Hotels have hundreds of rooms, on different floors, along with staircases, internal corridors and elevators.
Motels have one or two floor layouts and guests can have direct access to the parking lot of their rooms.
Services
Hotel offers a host of various services right from spa, gym, concierges and entertainment options.
Motels have very few amenities, an exception is a swimming pool and sometimes a complimentary breakfast.
Staff/Personnel
A hotel appoints different personnel right from chefs, receptionists, housekeeping and elevator operators. They also have managers at different levels.
A motel has a small number of employees (receptionist and housekeeping or any laundry duties)
Pricing
Hotels commonly cost more owing to the amenities offered along with the location factor. Hotels are mostly located inside the city.
Motel rates are rather modest in terms of charging for the basic amenities as opposed to a hotel.
When Should You Book a Hotel And Motel?
If you are looking for a luxurious stay and ready to shell out money, and enjoy property amenities, then Hotels are your best bet.
If you are looking for best value deals and especially are on a road trip, then motels are your go-to option.
Popular Hotel and Motel Brands
Hotel
  • Holiday Inn
  • Comfort Inn
Motel
  • Eco-no Lodge
  • Knight's Inn