Travelling around the world, we’re constantly bombarded by accommodation options. Do we go for expensive luxury hotels? Or do we go for the mid-range motels? Deciding can be quite the dilemma. But not if you follow this simple breakdown on what’s better out of the two.
So let’s get going and see who wins in the fight between hotels and motels.
Hotels Vs Motels: Price
When it comes down to the question of bang for buck, choosing to pip for a hotel over a motel suddenly becomes that more difficult. Hotels, while largely varied in cost and dependent on high or low seasons, still usually come in more expensive than motels. The fact that they accept credit cards at motels is also another key reason why this form of accommodation wins out every time. Knowing you can rock up casually at a motel, pay quickly and easily and all without dropping as much as you would in a hotel, means that the humble motel wins out every time.
Hotels Vs Motels: Ambiance
Traditionally motels don’t have the best of reputations when it comes to ambiance. Impersonal, seedy and a little bit dodgy, motels don’t get the best of raps in the eyes of the general public. Yet is it entirely fair to grant motels such a label? When you compare them to hotels and their all-inclusive facilities, they often fall short. That being said however, motels are comfortable enough if all you’re looking for is a decent place to rest for a night. Hotels have the swimming pools, the staff and the room service that gives them the edge though.
Hotels Vs Motels: Location
Take a trip around Europe and you’ll find it tough locating that many motels to rest up on an evening. As a rule, the motel is typically a North America tradition made famous in Hollywood road movies and network TV. They don’t feature too heavily in the canals of Venice or the mountains of Spain. Still, that doesn’t mean that all motels are situated in less-than-desirable locations. The USA is home to some grand motels, located in very prominent cities and tourist hotspots that provide easy access to attractions and points of interest all over the country.
Hotels, on the other hand, generally take up the richest real estate, lining the edges of elegant beaches or the urban hubs of busy vibrant cities.
Hotels Vs Motels: Experience
So which one offers the hostest experience between hotels and motels? Completely subjective, and entirely dependent on budget, the answer you might arrive at might be different each time. Motels might offer a largely impersonal and unforgettable experience if staying for a single night is your intention. Hotels are mainly reserved for several nights and therefore offer up top facilities and an overall experience that makes for much more comfort. It really depends but if a long term trip is on the cards than no doubt hotels win out overall.
In conclusion then the mighty hotel wins out yet the motel more than goes the distance. Factors and criteria can swing either way, dependent on many factors so don’t let your prejudices get the better of you when considering where to stay next.