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They usually come in clusters of two or three on one street, with bright neon signs, long driveways, and high walls, and if you've never been in one, you're probably curious about what goes on inside. SPOT.ph did some snooping and ended up uncovering some intriguing motel myths:
MYTH #1: Motels are busiest late at night and in the wee hours of the morning.
Contrary to popular belief, most motels' peak hours are not late at night. In fact, most people check into motels between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. Once it's past 10 in the evening, the number of check-ins dwindle.
Most motels' busiest hours are during lunch time for the infamous "Secretary Special," now more commonly termed as "OB (Official Business)." From 11 a.m. to 1p.m., business people ranging from managers, employees, and clients check in and spend their lunch hours conducting their "special business meetings" in the privacy of their work-conducive motel rooms.
MYTH #2: Most motel patrons are dirty old men.
If ageing men still had the stamina of bulls, then there would be no need for Arthro or Viagra. Sadly, grandpa's libido isn't as impressive as it was in the swinging '60s. According to our unnamed sources, most of the patrons who go in and out of their hallowed halls are between 20 and 30 years old. Of course, that doesn't completely discount the old-timers. Some granddaddies still drop in from time to time.
MYTH # 3: Motels only allow one couple to check in per motel suite.
This myth is a tricky one, since the policy changes from one establishment to another. At some motels, two people of the same sex cannot share a room. But what most motels have in common is a two-person-per-room policy. If more than two people show up at the front desk, they would have to pay for the corresponding number of rooms, depending on how many they are. In the case of three people, for example, they would have to pay for two rooms even if they're planning to use just one.
One exception: When a family checks into a motel (which happens frequently, by the way) they are given a special family suite strategically situated a certain distance from the couples' suites.