Motels in Zambia
Motels are typically at 1 or 2-star level with few shared amenities, they are a type of rental accommodation typically situated along traffic routes for those travelling by road. In Zambia motels are found throughout the country and operate as both chains and locally owned establishments. These motels are usually found on highways and major roads on the outskirts of towns and cities, as well as in popular tourist areas. The principle clientele of motels are people travelling via car, for either tourism or business purposes. Motels are also popular with bus and coach tour groups, both for their lower room rental costs and also for their ease of access for large vehicles.
Motels offer occupants direct access to rooms without having to pass through a lobby, There is a wide selection of motels throughout Zambia that offer quality and affordable accommodation to suit your budget and style. They provide the perfect base for families, couples, groups, business travellers and volunteers.
Most rooms are tastefully furnished with en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning, DStv, telephone as well as tea and coffee making facilities, free wireless internet (WiFi) is also available. Motels provide short-term and long-term lodging usually located with good access to the national road network but with less guest comforts. They commonly have rooms opening directly onto their car parks, allowing their customers to park their car in close proximity to their room, and have basic, comfortable accommodation.
Motels are typically constructed in an "I"-, "L"-, or "U"- layout that includes guest rooms; an attached manager's office; a small reception; and in some cases, a small diner and a swimming pool. A motel was typically a single-story with rooms opening directly onto a parking lot, making it easy to unload suitcases from a vehicle.
A second story, if present, would face onto a balcony served by multiple stairwells described as a one or two storey structure with rooms that open to the exterior of the building, usually surrounded by a common balcony or patio. The motels have one or two floors, and their rooms can be accessed easily from car parking space, with parking bays in front of each room. They traditionally offer fewer services, such as a swimming pool and breakfast.
Parking in a motel
The best appearance of a motel is its u-shaped building and its yard as a huge parking lot. The visitor’s cars are parked right outside their door just a few feet away. This makes it very convenient for people who have lots of luggage to carry or it’s just comforting knowing that their car is parked right outside the room. Motels usually offer a refrigerator and microwave in the room and do not have room service like you would see in a hotel.
Facilities and services
Motels in Zambia may or may not have restaurant or dining facilities available, but will usually provide limited – breakfast only – room service. In - room facilities will commonly include air-conditioning or heating systems, hairdryers, modems and data ports. Wi-Fi is also available in most motels, as is complimentary pay TV. Irons and ironing boards may be available, and tea and coffee facilities are usually standard. Other motel services and facilities may include such things as licensed restaurant, limited room service, valet dry cleaning, swimming pools and guest laundry.
Motels generally cater for those on the road looking for somewhere to sleep for the night, eat breakfast and continue on their journey in the morning as quickly as possible. Lower room rates make motels a suitable choice for the budget conscious holiday maker. Be sure to stay at one of Zambia's neat welcoming motels if you will be travelling to Zambia on a tight budget, you will certainly get great deals!