Not hotels. Motels.
And I’m wondering, when did motels turn into hotels? Because nowadays, I never hear anybody talk about a motel. As a child, I never really remember hearing about a hotel. So is this something that changed in the language, or was motel a quaint remnant of my particular childhood?
Motels seemed pretty interchangeable, but still, I remember how exciting it was to open the door to our room and see what wonders awaited me. What would the picture over the bed depict? What was the layout of the bathroom? Did the bed feature a “Magic Fingers” machine? (Once, I got to actually use the Magic Fingers, and was sorely disappointed. The thought of Magic Fingers far surpassed the reality).
The best motels had swimming pools, and, as you can see from the photo, this one was air conditioned — by no means a sure thing back in the 1970s!
I’m betting we were in Bardstown to visit the Old Kentucky Home made famous by composer Stephen Foster. Hey, I dressed for the occasion! I remember that dress and I loved it.
Do you remember staying in motels in your youth? Or did you call them hotels?