Motel is a smaller Lodging facility, originally targeted to car travellers and therefore situated at roadside locations.
A more contemporary definition would be a limited service
hotel that provides accommodation only, with no other amenities. The properties then to be one to two stories with exterior entrance rooms that guest can drive up to.
The word 'motel' is a portmanteau of 'motor' and 'hotel' or 'motorists hotel'.
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