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The world’s top 10 motels

Motels might seem like an odd choice for an aspirational travel article but just wait till you see the world’s best, according to global travellers. *

From Poland to Canada via. Australia, these accommodations have the ease and luxury of a hotel, the great connections of a motel, and all the comforts of home.

Motel Argentum

Motel Argentum

Motel Argentum - Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Right next to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s busiest highway, the number one motel in the world manages to make the most of its great location, while still providing guests with a goodnight’s sleep. Motel Argentum’s leafy surroundings mean that guests can fit in a spot of cycling, fishing, or rock climbing –all fuelled by a hearty breakfast.

Rose Cottage Motel

Rose Cottage Motel

Rose Cottage Motel - Takaka, New Zealand

This picturesque New Zealand motel has a beautiful, rural location and yet provides guests with a launch pad for the spectacular nearby Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Airport, and the town of Takaka. An independent, family-run business, guests will enjoy the Rose Cottage Motel's home-from-home feeling and the locally-sourced, organic breakfasts.

Le Repos De L'Inukshuk

Le Repos De L'Inukshuk

Le Repos De L’Inukshuk - Quebec, Canada

With views over the St Lawrence River and a private water-facing patio, Le Repos De L’Inukshuk is one of the best-located accommodations in Quebec. For guests happy to just admire the view, this Canadian motel has everything required for true relaxation, including a hot tub, light therapy, and memory foam mattresses.

Motel S5

Motel S5

Motel S5 - Zbrachlin, Poland

Located just off the National Road 5 (one of Poland’s biggest highways that connects many of the country’s major cities) Motel S5 has everything drivers could need. This includes a car repair workshop, a car wash, a vehicle inspection centre, and a petrol station. Once you’re satisfied that your car has been thoroughly cared for there’s also a hot tub, sauna, and onsite bar.

Yackandandah Motor Inn

Yackandandah Motor Inn

Yackandandah Motor Inn - Yackandandah, Australia

The stylishly-decorated rooms at Yackandandah Motor Inn come with a fully-stocked kitchenette and, as the motel is based in the centre of Yackandandah, it only takes a few moments to pop out and pick up everything you need for a quick, home-cooked dinner. As a final, thoughtful touch every car is given a complimentary windscreen clean before getting back on the road.

Chincilla Motor Inn

Chincilla Motor Inn

Chinchilla Motor Inn - Chinchilla, Australia

The Chinchilla Motor Inn is made up of self-contained, individual villas, lending it a sense of novelty and neighbourliness among guests. It’s location close to the Warrego Highway makes this motel very easy to access. And on days when the Chinchilla heat get a bit much guests can enjoy cooling off in the pool.

One88 on Commerce

One88 on Commerce

One88 on Commerce - Whakatane, New Zealand

Less than 10-minutes’ drive from Ohope Beach, One88 on Commerce is only 4-minutes’ walk from the Whakatane River and visitors are encouraged to stroll along the Warren Cole Walk. Basically this is the ideal motel for when you get sick of driving and want to enjoy the great outdoors a bit. Or when you love the great outdoors but want to be able to make a swift return to civilisation.

Altitude Motel Apartments

Altitude Motel Apartments

Altitude Motel Apartments - Toowoomba, Australia

The thoughtful staff have earned Altitude Motel Apartments a reputation for being particularly friendly and accommodating, especially when it comes to recommendations for exploring the nearby town of Wilsonton. Its cosy atmosphere and handy location complement the motel’s tastefully-decorated, ground-floor apartments.

Driftsand Boutique Accommodation

Driftsand Boutique Accommodation

Driftsand Boutique Accommodation - Ohope Beach, New Zealand

Located righton Ohope Beach, the Driftsand Boutique Accommodation rooms have an unbeatable view of both the beach and New Zealand’s most active marine volcano; White Island. Surrounded by lots of bush walks and plenty of bird-spotting opportunities, this motel is also a good base for exploring the Eastern Bay of Plenty region.

Bluestone On George

Bluestone On George

Bluestone On George - Dunedin, New Zealand

Bluestone on George is a collection of sound-proofed, self-contained suites overlooking the city of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. In addition to the view, the Bluestone suites have under-floor heating and spa-baths while the motel has free parking and a cocktail lounge to relax and grab drinks before heading into town (which is less than 3-minutes’ walk away).

  • As rated by Booking.com reviewers.