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public lodging establishment for automobile travelers. Motels have traditionally differed from hotels in that the former have facilities for free parking on the premises, are seldom more than three stories high, and offer occupants direct access to rooms without having to pass through a lobby. Motels are also generally smaller and farther away from urban areas, and they offer fewer services than hotels. The distinction between motels and hotels, however, is very difficult to make, especially in the case of the so-called motor hotels, which combine the characteristics of both types of establishment. In the 1980s and 90s, some midrange motels began to offer suite accommodations and other features once found only in hotels. Motels can be seen as logical heirs to the earlier American public houses. Just as the inn was suited to 18th-century horse travel, and the hotel was suited to 19th-century railroad travel, the modern motel is suited to mass automobile travel on 20th-century expressways.

motel

A roadside building or group of buildings which contains hotel and parking accommodations primarily for transient motorists, often with individual exterior entrances to each room.

motel

a roadside hotel for motorists, usually having direct access from each room or chalet to a parking space or garage
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There is also room if the singer decides to indulge himself by building a car collection, as a walled and double-gated motor court at the front can easily parks three or four cars, while a three car garage and driveway around the corner offers off-street parking for up to six more cars.
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The posh spread provides a 10,286-square-foot manor house with seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, a motor court that circles a fountain, a lighted tennis court with basketball hoops, a lap-length swimming pool, a playground, and a couple of ancillary apartments for guests and/or staff.
The new property has a spa, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a motor court, a swimming pool, a library, a yoga studio, and a wine cellar.
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The automobile travel that provided customers to these businesses also sometimes gave them their names: Motor inn and motor court, among them.
The home boasts a motor court with space for 100 cars.
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And no, the film's distinctiveness is not due to the fact that it's about a Chinese-American boy, nor that it takes place at a motor court frequented by drunks and prostitutes.