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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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For more details on the Deco City Motor Lodge hotel, log on to www.
The Eugene Motor Lodge sits on the south side of East Broadway, at the spot where the southbound lanes of the Ferry Street Bridge feed into East Broadway.
The once-grand Oasis Hotel, built in the '20s as part of the country's largest YMCA, now rents rooms in an attached motor lodge to the strung-out prostitutes loitering in its parking lot.
has an income of more than $40,000 a year, and even in the more blue-collar towns like Elmsford, Sybaris is never too far away: Right up the road from the Elmsford Motor Lodge live the Rockefellers on the 3,000-acre fiefdom their grandfather built; a little farther eat, down Route 287, the corporate parks of "Platinum Mile" float above the verdure of Westchester Avenue like a topographic rendering of the Fortune 500 list-Texaco, Pepsico and International Paper, to name but a few.
In spring 2008, the sign featuring the new name, Moonlight Motor Lodge, was installed, providing confirmation for those who might have missed the new purple and yellow paint that the renovations were well underway.
7,200,000 for a two-story motor lodge containing 83 rooms, located in Jericho, Nassau County, New York.
And indeed, after leaving Many Glacier and spending the night just inside the park at Rising Sun Motor Lodge (a very basic, inexpensive room suitable for one night, but with a nice restaurant), we hit the pass at about noon and it was packed -- not a place to park anywhere.
On our list: the Coachman Hotel, a revamp of a 1 960s motor lodge that puts a just-hip-enough spin on the alpine aesthetic.
Sterling Street, noise disturbance at Reservoir Motor Lodge.
Free entry to Century Pool Complex opposite Motor Lodge.