Budget Accommodations Have Big Bonuses
When we were kids, dad would always book us into the more budget-friendly accommodations while vacationing in Clearwater Beach, CA.
The location was not on the beach but on the back bay, although it was only about a minute walk to the beach.
Of course, we initially wanted to stay ON the beach, in one of those high-rises but as it turned out, the ‘ol Islander motel was much better. I still feel this way today and here’s 5 reasons why those little beach motels are better to stay on vacation than the high-rise hotels:
1.) Motels Are More Intimate Than Hotels
The biggest advantage (besides price) that motels offer over high-rises is the fact that they are smaller and therefore more intimate. You can more easily get to know other vacationers, more quickly get things you need from the maid or the front desk (like extra towels) and more swiftly deal with any issues or inconveniences.
2.) You Get To Know – And Can Become Friends With – Your Fellow Vacationers
We made friends for life from people we met at the Islander. We also formed a great bond with others, so much so that several of us actually made plans to annually meet at the same time of the year. At the same place, too
3.) Parking, the Internet, Pool Towels Are Free & No Resort Fees
The biggest rip-off in the hotel industry right now are the “resort fees” which charge you for things you don’t want or need (a spa, even freakin’ towels at the pool!). Motels don’t have these charges.
In a motel, you can take a towel from your room down to the pool and also you generally get free parking, free Internet and other “perks” that cost a fortune at a high-rise.
4.). You Can Be On The Go Faster In A Motel
In a motel, it’s gather the things and you can be out the door, at the pool, in the car or headed to the beach much more quickly than a big hotel. That’s because you don’t have to walk down a long walkway, wait forever on an elevator and go through a big lobby, past restaurants, etc.
This means that you can often be on the beach faster from a motel across the street than you can from a high-rise that is actually on the beach.
5.) Motels Are A Lot Like Being At Home
The casualness of motels means they are kind of like being at your home. With a maid to pick up everything! Things are more relaxed than at a high rise and and your fellow “motel mates” are like friends in your neighborhood.
There are all things our family got out of staying at the Islander, and probably why I still have a fondness for motels.