Hotel is an old-fashioned term for a place where travelers are looking for an overnight stay. This goes pretty far back in time when hotels were first established thousands of years ago when the Romans built their road system. They felt that people traveling on these roads would also need to stay somewhere along the way on long journeys and on a frequented hotel.
Then the inn was a place where you could relax and also somewhere you could eat. Behind them were stables so that you could stay on your horses, and instead of having a lobby as we see in hotels these days, then you had to knock on the door, and the owner of the establishment, the innkeeper, opened the door and look, whether an entry permit suits you.
As we became more industrialized, new taverns began to appear, but they followed the routes of the time. That is, if guests rode on stagecoaches, the inns would be on the main roads, on which stagecoaches often walked on their routes. When trains became the norm, they stopped only in certain places along the route, and that’s where you found taverns. People were getting off the train and had to stay somewhere near the station.
Today, when everyone owns a car or two, and freeways are a popular way to get around, what do you see on most highway exits? That’s right, they have a lot of hotels of any description. The same philosophy is true, as all those years ago: visiting hotels, hotels, motels and even establishments of a bed and breakfast should be where travelers will be.
Nowadays, of course, the word “tavern” is sometimes only part of the name of a hotel company, other times they do not use the word at all, but on the contrary, they are known as “motels” or “hotels”, depending on the level of services that they provide. The stables are gone, and instead we see parking lots for our “horses”. It may have changed a little, but the main idea has remained the same for centuries.
Some country pubs in Europe are still called inns, as always. They’re more of a place to have a drink with friends rather than stay, but the story remains the same.