If you are on a budget and need to find a cheap place to stay while you are on vacation or business, then there should be a motel around your area where you are staying at that would be in your price range. Just because it is cheaper does not necessarily mean that it is not going to be nicer than a hotel. You may find a motel that would be worth staying at because it is nicer than most of them you have seen before.
It is beneficial to you if where you are staying is a smaller city that is more like a neighborhood because you should find a motel there easily. Hotels are more often found in bigger cities than in smaller cities but there may also be some in smaller cities as well especially the older ones because of the history the hotel may have. Some of them may be kind of like a museum depending on how old it is.
For people who are interested in staying at smaller places, than a hotel would not be the place for you to stay at because they are bigger and can get pretty crowded. A motel would be the perfect place to stay at for those people because they are smaller and usually either one or two stories tall. Plus it would be easier to get from your room to the office for breakfast or to check in and out.
People may also prefer smaller places to stay because of the pool size. When a person is on a business trip or taking a mini vacation by themselves, they would like to relax in a smaller pool where their will not be as many kids as a hotel pool will have and is more intimate where you can be alone with your thoughts. Since it is less crowded, it will also be less noisy.
The person that may prefer to stay at a motel usually means they are not going to be in there for very long especially if they are on a business trip. They know that some hotels have a sauna and a weight room but there is not a point to that if they are not going to be in there to enjoy it long enough.
When you are planning your trip, think about your budget and what you will be able to afford. Do not think about all the extravagant things that may come with a hotel rather than a motel such as restaurants, pools, and the weight room.
There may be more benefits to going to a hotel then there are going to motels if someone travelling there has a family. Hotels are most likely more for kids so they can have room to roam around the building and swim in a big pool.