Hotel and Motel may confuse sometimes, especially to those who travel rarely. As far Hotel is concerned, it offers paid lodging to the visitors and may also come with many other services or conveniences such as a restaurant, swimming pool etc. Motel, on the other hand, is a term derived from ‘motorist’s hotel’, which used to refer when a hotel accommodated spacious parking lot to the visitors. Facilities to hold meetings and conferences are attached with many hotels. Motels do not include such professional attachments. Hotel has a rating system starting from One to Five or even Seven Stars basing on the features a hotel provides to their lodgers. Motels have not such ratings; however, most are rated as 1.5 to 2.5 stars on travel sites. Motels are usually located outside the urban area or along highways. Hotels can be found in the middle of a city providing basic accommodation. Motel may be regarded as a place for having a small stay. Hotel may be termed accommodating travellers as well as businessmen and students intend to stay either for shorter or larger duration. Booking room in Hotel may be cheap as well as expensive, depending upon the facilities and standards of service provided to the lodgers. Motels are usually cheap since they merely provide basic facilities. Appearance of Hotel may be single or multi-storied with the rooms open to interior of the building. Motel usually has single or double stored building with attached rooms and there are open walkways, exterior entrances. The structure of Hotel and Motel varies. Doors are facing inward the hallways for Hotels. The layout of Motels are usually in L, I or U-shaped, while Hotels do not bound themselves for any structural type. Hotels mostly include their own restaurant to provide the guests with multi options for food. Motels don’t include restaurants and the room service isn’t compulsory in motel.
Definition of Hotel
The word ‘Hotel’, derived from the French word which refers to a French version of a building seeing frequent visitors, is a building to provide paid lodging for a short period of time. It offers facilities ranging from basic living to luxury stay as well as may attach extra features such as swimming pool, business centre, conference and meeting halls, social function services etc. There are numbers on each room in a hotel and guests to find their rooms. Operation of hotels may vary depending on size, function and lodging cost. Many hotels offer basic hospitality with full service to their lodgers. Standard of a hotel can be measured with the number of stars it attaches such as 3 Star or 5 Star hotel. Rent for rooms varies as per the size and facilities.
Definition of Motel
The term motel is a mixture of ‘Motor’ and ‘Hotel’ and is an English word referring to a building designed for motorists and usually adds an ample parking lot allowing motor vehicles to get parked. Motels are usually located on highways, away from urban settings and are usually constructed with average material. The layout of Motels is mostly shaped like ‘L’, ‘I’ or ‘U’ and it includes guest rooms. Almost every motel has a small reception as well as manager’s office and a small dining area. Motels are usually single or maximum double story buildings, where handful of rooms are attached.
Differences in a Nutshell
- Hotel is a building providing accommodation on rent usually for shorter duration; Motel is also a setup of building to provide accommodation for longer-term
- Hotel can be single or multi-storey building; Motel is limited to maximum double-storey building
- Hotel is usually expensive; room in Motel can be enjoyed for cheap rent
- Luxury may be an additional feature in Hotel; Motel has no such stuff included
- 1 to 7 stars are the ratings of a Hotel; Motels have 1.5 to 2.5 stars depending on the facilities provided
- Hotel can be built anywhere inside or outside of a city or even in the rural settings; Motels are usually build and found alongside highways and in far place other than in cities
- Hotels may have their own restaurants inside them to provide meal to their guests; Motels rarely include such facilities
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