[Tagging] request for review: OSM wiki rewording of tourism=motel based on Wikipedia

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Mon Dec 24 00:12:21 UTC 2018


In the USA, we would also assume a motel offers free parking. Hotels may
charge extra for parking, especial if located downtown or next to an
airport.

Is this also the case in Europe and Australia?
On Mon, Dec 24, 2018 at 8:55 AM Dave Swarthout <daveswarthout at gmail.com>
wrote:

> "Today the main difference seems to be the sign out front.  If a hostelry
> calls itself a motel, it is a motel.  If it calls itself a hotel, it is a
> hotel.  Local licensing authorities do not differentiate between them and
> they are regulated identically, so far as I can tell.  I'd say the
> definition should be based on what is written on the sign on the hostelry."
>
> +1
>
> That's my main criterion for tagging an accommodation as a  motel. I agree
> with Volker's points and Allan's view on this.
>
> Happy Holidays
>
> Dave
>
> On Mon, Dec 24, 2018 at 6:27 AM Allan Mustard <allan at mustard.net> wrote:
>
>> Motel = MOtor hoTEL
>>
>> The major difference between a 'hotel" and a "motel" originally was the
>> configuration of the building with respect to parking.  At a traditionally
>> designed motel, the cars are parked outside the units, which typically open
>> to the outdoors, not to a hallway, so that patrons of the motel may come
>> and go freely to their automobiles.  Length of stay is immaterial.
>>
>> The first motels appeared on the Lincoln Highway in the 1920s, if memory
>> serves, and had little carports capable of accommodating a Model T
>> Ford-sized automobile next to a cabin (yes, the first motels featured
>> cabins, not rooms in a larger building).
>>
>> Then along came Motel 6, so called because it charged $6 per night back
>> in the day (it featured coin-operated TVs and you paid extra for everything
>> but the bed, bath, and four walls).  Many Motel 6s had hallways, and that
>> changed the design, but they still catered to transients en route from
>> Point A to Point B.
>>
>> Today the main difference seems to be the sign out front.  If a hostelry
>> calls itself a motel, it is a motel.  If it calls itself a hotel, it is a
>> hotel.  Local licensing authorities do not differentiate between them and
>> they are regulated identically, so far as I can tell.  I'd say the
>> definition should be based on what is written on the sign on the hostelry.
>> These are my two cents' worth based on 30+ years of travel, including a few
>> cross-country trips across America as well as extensive on-ground travel in
>> Mexico, Russia, and central Europe.
>>
>> Cheers and Merry Christmas to all!
>> apm-wa
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Dec 23, 2018 at 4:33 AM bkil <bkil.hu+Aq at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I've made a major rewording of this tag. Please review and don't
>>> hesitate to comment or improve if I've mistakenly changed the meaning of
>>> the tag:
>>>
>>>
>>> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Tag%3Atourism%3Dmotel&type=revision&diff=1755686&oldid=1561324
>>>
>>> Source: based on Wikipedia and recent mapping experience:
>>> https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/65702446#map=9/47.1412/18.6632
>>>
>>> It also looks like some have used the word motel for what should have
>>> been pensions and guest houses around here, I'll also fix these later.
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