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An inn is a kind of hotel that’s set along a road or other travel route. Inns tend to be smaller establishments, and often provide accommodation for travellers who are touring around rather than staying in one place for the duration of their holiday. Some inns are modern places that have been purpose-built for car travellers, while others will be historic properties that previously catered to horse-drawn or foot traffic.
Whether you’re on a business trip, a couple’s road trip or a family holiday, inns are great for people travelling by car. They’re generally set on or near major highways, and they usually provide convenient free parking near the rooms. Inns are often towards the cheaper end of the spectrum, and some inns also offer basic cooking facilities in the rooms, making them a good way to make your budget go further.
Inns are found in many different countries, but are particularly popular in Australia, Europe and North America. Though there are some inns in city-centre settings, the fact that they’re geared towards car travellers means they’re often in smaller towns or more rural roadside locations.
The cost of staying at an inn can range considerably. They’re generally one of the cheaper types of accommodation, but you’ll also find more expensive inns available if you’re looking for a bit more luxury. These more upscale inns might be boutique-style places in heritage properties, and may also have fine-dining restaurants attached.
You can search and book inns on Expedia by putting your destination and dates into the search box above. It’s also worth investigating our special Add-On Advantage and package deals, which can help you make big savings on your holiday by bundling together your accommodation, car rental and travel costs.
Inns will typically offer straightforward rooms, sometimes with simple cooking facilities like microwaves, hobs or fridges. Since they’re usually catering to car travellers, most inns will also have plenty of free parking. Otherwise, the amenities on offer can vary considerably. Some inns may have on-site restaurants or pubs, while others might offer kids’ playgrounds, picnic areas or even swimming pools.
In terms of inns vs motels, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably – particularly in Australia, where motels are often also known as “motor inns.” However, an inn can also have a more general meaning as a simple hotel, and might not necessarily focus exclusively on car travellers, as a motel does. In rural settings, an inn may simply consist of a pub with some rooms.
If you’re getting towards the end of a long day’s drive and looking for a place to lay your head, just use the search box above to look for “inns close to me.” We’ve got loads of inn rooms available right here on Expedia, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how affordable the rates are.