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.

1920–25; blend of motor and hotel

hostel, hotel, motel (see synonym study at hotel). Unabridged
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motel (məʊˈtɛl)
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 & History

1925, coined from motor + hotel. Originally a hotel for automobile travelers.
"The Milestone Interstate Corporation ... proposes to build and operate a chain of motor hotels between San Diego and Seattle, the hotels to have the name 'Motel.' " ["Hotel Monthly," March 1925]
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Example sentences
The windows in the motel shook and the water in the pool rippled.
In the cinder-block motel room he set the alarm, but his own stertorous
  breathing woke him before it rang.
The rest of the time, he lies on his back in a squalid motel.
And when she opened her eyes again, there was the motel.
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