The word motel entered dictionaries after World War II and is derived from the words motor and hotel. It is an establishment which provides both accommodation and parking and is intended to provide short term lodging for motorists. The units are often attached, opening onto the parking area and built in an L or U shape.
It was the building of interstate highways which resulted in the popularity of motels in the United States of America. Hotels and rest houses were mostly situated in the cities which meant that motorists would have no option but to travel non-stop to the next city or State. Motels began to be established in towns and suburbs and were very convenient for motorists.
Motels are targeted at travellers and provide shelter overnight unlike hotels. Although the quality of the rooms is high and they are often serviced they still tend to be cheaper than hotels. Units often include a self contained kitchen and all will have the facility to make tea and coffee. Being able to cook your own meals can be a great saving.
Generally the rooms have outside entrances and are accessible to the car park. You are often able to park your car at your motel door which is extremely convenient for unpacking and packing your luggage as well as being secure.
It would be a rare hotel which did not have a dining room and serve meals. Most motels do not offer this facility which allows them to offer cheaper rates. You are not expected to pay for a service thay you are unlikely to use.
Motels offer studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and sometimes 3 bedroom units. Bathrooms are always included in the units to enhance privacy. Bedding and towels are catered.
Motels provide comfortable, homely, accommodation and can be a great option for a longer getaway even though they were originally conceived as being suitable for single night stays.
If you are planning a trip to Invercargill accommodation will need to be arranged and the option of staying at a motel is worth considering.
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