- Inside/Outside - Motels typically have outside corridors between the rooms and various other places throughout the motel. Hotels on the other hand typically have inside corridors between the rooms and various other parts of the hotel.
- Parking – Motels typically have "open" parking meaning that visitors can sometimes park directly in front of their room. Hotels usually have designated parking areas, away from the main building.
- Price- Motels generally cost less than hotels. Also, motels often market themselves as having weekly or even monthly rates. Because of the lower rates, some people will use motels as temporary housing.
- Call Ahead – Motels do not require a reservation. On the other hand with a hotel, depending what time of year it is, you may have to reserve a room, weeks or even months ahead of time.
- Do It Yourself – Motels are usually lacking in amenities. In contrast, hotels tend to offer many amenities. Hotels may offer such things as pools, spas, restaurants or even golf courses. Many hotels will have concierges, to help guest plan outside activities. Some hotels even have doormen and even bellhops to carry guests' luggage to and from their rooms.
- Room Count – Hotels generally offer many more rooms than motels. Some hotels may offer guests' a choice of hundreds of rooms available and will even offer their guests' suites, which can give them a little taste of home.
- Business is Business - Motels do not tend to cater to business travelers. On the flip-side, a major portion of hotel marketing is designed to attract a business clientele. Because of this, many hotels will offer such things as conference rooms, fax machines, computers and free wi-fi.
- To Rest or To Play – "Motel" actually is short-hand for "Motor Hotel". Motels are typically located along major thoroughfares and are designed to provide travelers with a place to get a quick rest before moving on. Hotels are designed around events and destinations. This is why many hotels are located near major attractions, like amusement parks.
Have ever wondered about the difference between a hotel and motel? We have, too! We did some poking around and found 8 key differences.
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