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By far the most common form of lodging in rural United States and along many Interstates is the motel. Providing inexpensive rooms to automotive travellers, most motels are clean and reasonable with a limited array of amenities: telephone, TV, bed, bathroom. Motel 6 (+1 800 466-8356) is a national chain with reasonable rates ($30-$70, depending on the city). Super 8 Motels ( 1 800 800-8000) provides reasonable accommodations throughout the country as well. Reservations are typically unnecessary, which is convenient since you don't have to arbitrarily interrupt a long road trip; you can simply drive until you're tired then find a room. However, some are used by adults looking to book a night for sex or illicit activities and many are located in undesirable areas.

Business or extended-stay hotels

Business or extended-stay hotels are increasingly available across the country. They can be found in smaller towns across the midwest or in coastal urban areas. Generally they are more expensive than motels, but not as expensive as full-scale hotels, with prices around $70 to $170. While the hotels may appear to be the size of a motel, they may offer amenities from larger hotels. Examples include Marriott's Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inns, and Residence Inns; Hilton's Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn; Holiday Inn's Holiday Inn Express; Starwood's Four Points by Sheraton, and Hyatt Place.

Some extended-stay hotels are directed at business travelers or families on long-term stays (that are often relocating due to corporate decisions). These hotels often feature kitchens in most rooms, afternoon social events (generally by a pool), and serve continental breakfast. Such "suite" hotels are roughly equivalent to the serviced apartments seen in other countries, though the term "serviced apartments" is not generally used in American English.


Hotels are available in most cities and usually offer more services and amenities than motels. Rooms usually run about $80-$300 per night, but very large, glamorous, and expensive hotels can be found in most major cities, offering luxury suites larger than some houses. Check-in and check-out times are almost always fall in the range of 11AM-noon and 2PM-4PM. Note that many U.S. cities now have "edge cities" in their suburbs which feature high-quality upscale hotels aimed at affluent business travelers. These hotels often feature all the amenities of their downtown/CBD cousins (and more), but at less exorbitant prices.

The two best-known hotel guides covering the U.S. are the AAA (formerly American Automobile Association; typically pronounced "Triple-A") TourBooks, available to members and affiliated auto clubs worldwide at local AAA offices; and the Mobil Travel Guide, available at bookstores. There are several websites booking hotels online; be aware that many of these sites add a small commission to the room rate, so it may be cheaper to book directly through the hotel. On the other hand, some hotels charge more for "drop-in" business than reserved rooms or rooms acquired through agents and brokers, so it's worth checking both.

Bed & Breakfast

In many rural areas, especially on the coasts and in New England, bed and breakfast (B&B) lodging can be found. Usually in converted houses or buildings with less than a dozen units, B&Bs feature a more home-like lodging experience, with complimentary breakfast served (of varying quality and complexity). Bed and breakfasts range from about $50 to $200 per night, with some places being much steeper. They can be a nice break from the impersonality of chain hotels and motels. Unlike Europe, most American bed and breakfasts are unmarked; one must make a reservation beforehand and receive directions there.

Youth hostels

There are also youth hostels across the U.S. Most are affiliated with the American Youth Hostel organization (a Hostelling International member). Quality of hostels varies widely, but at $8-$24 per night, the prices are unbeatable. Despite the name, AYH membership is open to people of any age. Non-AYH hostels are also available, particularly in larger cities. Be aware that hostels are clustered in more touristy locations, do not assume that all mid sized towns will have a hostel.


Camping can also be a very affordable lodging option, especially with good weather. The downside of camping is that most campgrounds are outside urban regions, so it's not much of an option for trips to big cities. There is a huge network of National Parks ( 1 800 365-2267), with most states and many counties having their own park systems, too. Most state and national campgrounds are of excellent quality, with beautiful natural environments. Expect to pay $7-$20 per car on entry. Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has a chain of commercial campground franchises across the country, of significantly less charm than their public-sector equivalents, but with hookups for recreational vehicles and amenities such as laundromats. Countless independently owned private campgrounds vary in character.

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Places to Sleep in USA

Hotel Faust Hotel
First opened, October 12, 1929, the Faust hotel gained a reputation for strength, elegance and class, as well as the nickname the "honeymoon capitol of Texas." Site of the Faust Brewing Company, the Faust Hotel o... more
 1 Fans, in New Braunfels
Hotel Gruene Cottages
Gruene Cottages, run by Judi and Cecil have modern amenities that are perfect for families. Each cottage is spacious enough to give families room to breathe, play, and relax. Children will enjoy the playground and swimming... more
 1 Fans, in New Braunfels
Hotel Gruene Mansion Inn
The Gruene Mansion Inn, the widely-recognized landmark of history, refinement and beauty, in the center of Gruene is run by Cecil and Judi Eager. Cecil and Judi ensure their guests enjoy a buffet b... more
 1 Fans, in New Braunfels
Camping Wildcat Lodge
Wildcat Lodge is located in the Toccoa River Valley in the shadow of Pilot Mountain just six miles north of Suches on Hwy. 60. Their  100+ year-old country store–worth your visit for its history alone­&... more
 1 Fans, Low Budget, RV Campsites-$25- $30 / Night - Primitive Campsites $12.00 / Night - Door Room $15.00 / Night -Stay 2 Nights and get 3rd Night free, in Suches
Hotel Erwin Hotel
The backward letter "R" on the Erwin logo is a sure sign you have encountered the epitome of upscale Venice Beach/Southern California kitsch. The hotel oozes and bleeds contemporary cool in its decor, staff, and ... more
 1 Fans, Top End, $250-450, in Venice
Hotel Culver Hotel
The long and illustrious past of the Culver is what makes this hotel so endearing and mysterious to the thousands of guests who stay or pass by each year. Legends from Hollywood's Golden Age foster the mystery surrounding ... more
Mid Range, $219-259, in Culver City
Hotel Halekulani
Halekulani is the best example of stylish architecture, exemplary service and a superb sense of place each contributing to a relaxed and chic island holiday. The location on the shores of Waikiki with its iconic view ... more
Luxury, in Waikiki
Hotel Kaimana Beach Hotel
The New Otani Kaimana Hotel known locally as the Kaimana is a moderately priced hotel by Waikiki standards. The rooms are  very small  but most have  a tiny lanai and the views are inexpensive for beachfront  and at this end of Waikiki-the be... more
Mid Range, in Waikiki
Hotel Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort
On 22 acres of garden and beachfront, honeymooners, empty-nesters and families alike will find their own corner of contentment here.  Private lagoon, starlight luau, Hawaiian music shows, penguins in pools, fireworks,... more
Top End, in Waikiki
Hotel Equus Hotel Waikiki
The Equus is  described as a "jewel tucked into a loud corner of Waikiki."  Indeed there are more elegant diggs- but you'll pay an elegant price too. I'd describe the Equus as a budget hotel  by European standards. Not a run-down no... more
Mid Range, ask ,depends on your stay, in Waikiki
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