Before The Milestone Mo-tel opened on this day in 1925, there were already plenty of hotels all over the world, renting rooms to travelers or visitors—but nobody had ever heard of a motel before. That's because the builder of The Milestone Mo-tel, Arthur Heineman, coined (invented) the word motel to be short for motor hotel—a stop designed for people driving from one city to another. Heineman built his motel halfway between San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles, in California. Guests could rent 2-room bungalows, complete with kitchens and garages for their cars, for just $1.25!!! There was a courtyard, pool, and picnic tables for everyone to use.
I call that a bargain! These days, a comparable place would probably cost at least 100 times more!
Here are some other words in the hotel-motel family:
bed and breakfast
B & B
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