Modern Living: If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Kenya

Sizing up the ungainly red rig in a Prague parking lot, one puzzled passerby conjectured that it was a dormitory-on-wheels for an ascetic order of monks.

Another observer, spotting a bus-trailer combine on a dusty back road in India, ? guessed that it must be a fancy transport for carrier pigeons. Equally baffled reactions greet Rotels wherever they turn up, from Tehran to Tierra del Fuego. Rotels? It is short for "rolling hotels," which may be the ultimate in no frill, if-it's-Tuesday-it-must-be-Kenya world travel.

There are 42 Rotels based in twelve countries and all...