The motel (aka the MOtor hoTEL) is a single building of connected rooms whose doors face a parking lot and/or common area, and their creation was driven by increased driving distances on the United States highway system that allowed easy cross-country travel.

Typically one would find an ‘I’ or ‘L’ or ‘U’ shaped structure that included rooms, an attached manager’s office, and perhaps a small diner.

Motels differ from hotels in their emphasis on largely anonymous interactions between owners and occupants, their location along highways (as opposed to urban cores), and their orientation to the outside (in contrast to hotels whose doors typically face an interior.

Nowadays you can book a motel room online, or pay by cash, if you prefer.

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