Cheaper Havens on the U.S. Road

Motels for bargain hunters offer bread instead of quiche

They were once known in the trade as hot-pillow spots because they were a favorite for trysts. In Hollywood, cheap motels are forever associated with Alfred Hitchcock's classic, Psycho. The image, though, is an antiquated one. As travelers take off on summer vacations, more and more are checking into a new and booming breed of budget chains.

No one would mistake any one of the 60 low-priced motel groups for the Ritz. They offer spare, though not Spartan, accommodations. Rooms at Days Inns, Econo Lodges and other budget operations run around 20% less than the rates at Ramadas or Holiday Inns...

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