What is the Difference Between a Hotel and a Motel?

List: Posted: 10/11/11

As you plan your next trip, you may be looking at your options in hotels and motels.  What is the difference between these two, and does it matter which one you book? 


In some cases, it does matter.  Historically speaking, there is a difference in these two types of facilities, but the two are often used interchangeably without any type of differentiating factor.


A motel is actually a shortened form of the word "motor hotel," which is a type of hotel in which you could drive your vehicle up to the door.  Even today, the most common type of building associated with the motel is one in which the doors on the rooms open up to the street, rather than opening up to a corridor or interior space.  Most are one-or two-floor units rather than the taller, multiple floor hotel units.  Parking is traditionally in the middle of the motel unit, which is horse-shoe shaped or 'L' shaped.


Traditionally, motels are less expensive and less formal.  They also have a seedy reputation, which means you may wish to reconsider taking your children or grandparents to stay at one, unless you know it very well and know that it is higher quality. 


Hotels often have larger buildings that house additional amenities, including fitness centers, spas and restaurants.  In a motel, these amenities are usually not offered at all.


As you consider which is better between hotels and motels, realize that the name is less important than the features of the establishment.  In other words, focus on choosing a facility that meets your needs in space, design and amenities rather than what the name of the establishment is.


Hotels And Motels

  • 22400 Flagstaff Plz
  • Ashburn, VA 20148
  • (703) 723-8989
  • 44620 Waxpool Rd
  • Ashburn, VA 20147
  • (703) 723-7500
  • 20065 Lakeview Center Plz
  • Ashburn, VA 20147
  • (703) 723-9300

    Relaxation starts right after your flight at our Embassy Suites Dulles - North/Loudoun hotel in Ashburn, Virginia, just 5 miles from Washington Dulles International Airport. This spacious hotel is also close to many Dulles - North/Loudoun attractions, such as Ashburn Ice House, Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Air & Space, Washington Redskins Park and Loudoun Wine Trail. Visit the Hallowed Ground Historical Area or take a trip to Washington D.C. and the White House. Appreciate our carefully selected hotel amenities, including high-speed internet access, two televisions with cable programming, a refrigerator and a work desk with ergonomic chair. Keep in shape in our fitness room and indoor swimming pool. Enjoy elegant and spacious two-room suites at this Dulles hotel. At Embassy Suites Hotels every room is a two-room suite perfect to spread out and relax. With a private bedroom and separate living area there is more than enough room for family, work or both. Our suites offer all the comforts of home to make your stay more enjoyable with a TV in each room, living area with a sofa bed, armchair and well-lit work table, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker. Get the day started with the tantalizing aromas of the hotel's complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast. After a busy day of working or sightseeing, relax at our Manager’s Reception*. For lunch and dinner, enjoy a meal in L'Attitude, offering continental American cuisine with an international flavor. Our hotel is near a number of local businesses and corporations including AOL Time Warner, Cisco Systems and Verizon. Take care of business in the 24-hour business center offering A/V equipment rental, or host a special event in one of our meeting rooms.

    • 44610 Waxpool Rd
    • Dulles, VA 20147
    • (703) 723-5300

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