Hotels and Motels
Chain motels are ubiquitous, particularly along interstates. These properties are entirely predictable; their amenities depend on the price tag and location. Most motel chains allow you to make reservations in advance by telephone or on the Internet. Most motels require a credit card number at the time of reservation, but they don’t usually charge your card until you arrive. Always ask about the cancellation policy to avoid paying for a room that you do not ultimately need or use.
Savvy shoppers can save money on their hotel room. Shop around, and pay attention to price differentials based on location; if you’re willing to be a few miles up the interstate from the city, you’ll realize some significant savings. You may also be amazed by the power of the words “That rate seems high to me. Do you have anything better?” Employed regularly, this approach will usually save you a few bucks each night, at least.
Chain motels do not offer unique accommodations and only the rarest among them is situated somewhere more charming than an asphalt parking lot. But for travelers who are looking for flexibility, familiarity, and a good deal, chain motels can fit the bill.
Independent motels and hotels range from no-brand roadside motels to upscale boutique hotels in urban centers. By their very nature, these properties are each a little different. Boutique hotels tend to be more expensive than chain hotels, but they also allow you to feel as if you are staying in a place with a history and character of its own. They may also offer personalized service that is not available at cookie-cutter motels.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Tennessee, 5th Edition