Tips & Advice
Do motels require an ID?
Yes, the general policy of all motels is to require that the person booking the room show a valid ID upon check in.
Some motels accept pets, but not all. You’ll need to check the policy of the motel chain and, to be on the safe side, the individual property.
What is the difference between a hotel and motel?
The differences between motels and hotels are chiefly that motels have exterior corridors whereas hotels have some or all interior (AKA hallways); and that motels allow guests to park near the room—sometimes right outside. Motels also tend to be low-rise--a maximum of three stories--and offer minimal amenities. Hotels will often have a restaurant, bar, business center, fitness center, and pool/hot tub. Motels usually don’t offer these things, though many offer limited breakfast in a space adjacent to the checki area. Motels in hot climates will often have an outdoor swimming pool.
Also worth noting, motels typically do not have more luxurious room categories above the standard run-of-house. Hotels often do.
What is the nightly rate for motels?
The nightly rate for motels varies depending on location, season and motel brand, but usually rates range between $40-$100 per night. Rates for motels off of major freeways are usually an even narrower range: between $50-70 per night, increasing as you get into metropolitan centers. If rates are more than $100 per night, it’s because the motel is closer to a limited service hotel, and probably located in a highly touristic area, especially in peak season.