A hotel is a business that offers lodging and accommodations to travelers on a short term basis. The word is derived from the French hôtel coming from hôte which means host.
A motel is a combination of the words motor and hotel and are usually located next to or near highways, interstates and other heavily travel roads. Motels are generally built close to an exit/entrance ramp or intersection. Basic hotel rooms are usually furnished with bed (s) and linens, nightstand, lamps table/desk, telephone, chairs, bathroom, microwave and mini fridge, climate control, etc. Suites or luxury hotels will offer much more in the way of furniture and amenities. In the U.S. a hotel is not required to offer meals of any kind. With few exceptions (historic properties are sometimes excluded), hotels in the U.S. are required by law to have accommodations which are accessible to the handicapped. No matter your destination, budget or length of stay, there is a large variety of accommodation. With some advance planning by using discounts, coupons, special offers and promotions, a good hotel can be a part of most any vacation.