* This is a guest post. John Hutchinson has enjoyed travelling since he was a young boy when his parents first took him to visit family overseas. Since leaving home, John has tracked down family all over the world and regularly jets off to faraway lands to see distant relatives.
I loved hitting the open road around the world. After you compare car hire and have found a vehicle, you are ready to drive off on a road-trip around Britain. You’ve seen the American movies where they stop at motels on road-trips that go on for days and days. In those movies, motels are almost an inconvenience; a hotel on the highway you have to stop at. As such you don’t know what you’re gonna get, a bullet-holed hole or a motel-come-brothel. And while that’s all very well in horror movies, wouldn’t it be interesting to plan your trip around which hotels on the road you were going to stay in?
Motel was a term coined in the sixties as travel by car became increasingly popular. The concept of a motel is now considered dated and most were only built as low cost utilitarian stop-offs. There are a few websites which list hotels off main roads but they are usually country specific. So if do an internet search for hotels near the motorway if you’re in the UK or Freeway in the US or Autobahn in Germany, you get the idea.
You could choose the coolest most interesting highway stays. Not just in the States, well versed in the road-trip phenomenon – but around the world. Starting smalltime in the UK. Below are some hotels near motorways in the UK. These are as English as you can get.
One of Britain’s most visited cities, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath is like walking into a Jane Austen novel filled with modern day characters. Although Jane Austen didn’t actually enjoy her time in the city, there is a museum devoted to her here. Of note are the Roman Baths, the most well-preserved in the land and the Abbey. Bath is also famed for its Victoria Park and Royal Crescent.
The Best Western Limpley Stoke Hotel is situated just on the outskirts. It has wonderful views of the Avon Valley. With easy access to the M4, you are well placed to go in to the city before getting out on the road with ease. And the drive is lovely.
Quite a few people who want to be near London choose the beautiful city of St. Albans. It’s a twenty minute train ride to Kings Cross St Pancras station from where you have access to London with all its energy and when you return you are in a beautiful place with old buildings and a sedate feel.
There are numerous wonderful hotels here. St. Michael’s Manor is close to the centre and there’s easy access to the M1. The views and service are incredible.
The String of Horses is set on Hadrian’s Wall. It’s ten minutes from Carlisle and close to the motorway. It has oak beams, open fires and free wifi. It is more than 350 years old.
Hadrian’s Wall is the wall which separates England from Scotland and when built, it stretched for 80 Roman miles. It has seen many battles between the English and the Scots and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.