- a hotel providing travelers with lodging and free parking facilities, typically a roadside hotel having rooms adjacent to an outside parking area or an urban hotel offering parking within the building.
Origin of motel
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I found a motel in a rather untravelled spot and sacked in for the night.Highways in Hiding
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The car was going to take a dive into the fountain pool in front of my motel.Vigorish
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We got into the parking lot of a closed summer motel with a number of other travelers.
They were about fifty miles to the west of there in a motel.
- a roadside hotel for motorists, usually having direct access from each room or chalet to a parking space or garage
C20: from motor + hotel
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Word Origin and History for motel
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