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.
Do hotels allow pets in their rooms?
Some hotels allow pets in their rooms, but many do not. There are sites available that list pet-friendly hotels in various cities, and these can help you select a hotel that allows pets. Some of these hotels charge a non-refundable deposit for all pets, and there may be limitations on the number of pets you can host in your room, as well as what type of pet. Also, some pet-friendly hotels won't accept pets that weigh more than a certain amount.
Can guests prepay for a hotel room?
Guests can typically prepay for hotel rooms. You can do this whether reserving a room directly from a hotel or via an online booking site. Prepaying often brings notable cost savings. Many hotels offer discounts to guests who choose to prepay for their hotel rooms, and these discounts can slash your costs by as much as $50 per night.
Can a hotel manager or staff enter a guest's room without permission?
A hotel manager or staff has the right to enter a guest's room without permission. This is typically done to facilitate cleaning and maintenance. It's customary for a hotel's housekeeping staff to knock before entering a room, and they will leave and return later if a guest is currently in the room.
What is the best room in a hotel called?
The best room in a hotel is often called the presidential suite or royal suite if the hotel is a high-end establishment. At independent hotels, the best room is often called the honeymoon suite. Also, a suite will typically offer more space than a standard hotel room. Many suites offer dining, office and kitchen facilities.
Can a hotel room be booked for someone else?
A hotel room can be booked for someone else. This is often done in situations where the person staying in the hotel room will not be responsible for handling payment. In cases like this, it's important for the person handling the payment to let the hotel know the name of the room's occupant.