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We have all heard of all the bad publicity that motels are receiving these days. Aside from complaints about them being unclean, sometimes smelly, and often pest-ridden, the safety of guests has always been a cause for concern. With some motel rooms being turned into meth labs and the highly publicized incidents of break-ins, burglaries, and other criminal activities in motel rooms in various parts of the country, travelers are often apprehensive when they face the prospect of checking in at a motel.
However, these incidents, while true, do not reflect the general condition of staying in a motel. Spawned mostly by Hollywood suspense thrillers and horror movies, these urban legends are mostly that – urban legends – and do not really outweigh the advantages of staying in a motel. Below are some of the benefits of choosing a motel over any other accommodation while you are on a vacation:
Motel room rates are generally cheaper compared to the rates of hotel room accommodations. If you are a budget traveler and all you need a lodging for is a place to sleep, then motels are the perfect places for you. You get to stretch your dollar for other worthwhile activities while on vacation.
Motels are smaller and more comfortable establishments. With lesser rooms compared to hotels, they are generally more quiet places to stay in. And since the guests are fewer, the staff can give more personalized service to each guest.
A motel is generally very accessible compared to hotels where you have to enter a lobby, walk endless corridors, and ride in an elevator before you can finally get to your room. Some motel rooms even open to your own garage, enabling you to access your vehicle easily and look out for it from your bedroom window.
While you can find no expensive shampoos and other “ritzy” stuff, most motels do have a coffee and tea maker and a refrigerator, which you can use during your stay. This allows you to save on food expenses while on vacation.
While not every motel allows pets in the house, most do. This allows you to bring your pet-friend with you during your vacation.
With all these benefits, there is no reason why you should think twice about staying in a motel while on a vacation. As long as you practice caution and you select the right motel, you can enjoy all the above mentioned benefits without all the disadvantages.