As in Wikipedia "a motel is a hotel designed for motorists and usually has a parking area for motor vehicles."

So, I thought that since "M" refers to motorists, perhaps "H" in hotel refers to horsists? In this regard, hotel was probably coined as a term for a place for travelers and their horses. Am I right? If not, what's origin of hotel?


Hotel comes from the French language; nothing to do with horses.

According to Online Etymology Dictionary:

hotel (n.)

1640s, "public official residence; large private residence," from French hôtel "a mansion, palace, large house," from Old French ostel, hostel "a lodging" (see hostel). Modern sense of "an inn of the better sort" is first recorded 1765. The same word as hospital.

(emphasis: bold)

Wikipedia essentially says the same thing as above, however they provide no source for their etymology section.
Using Google with Etymology + Hotel will provide the following graphic:


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    The presence of a circumflex accent in French, usually indicates that a letter S has been elided - as in fenêtre, meaning window - from the Latin fenestra. This immediately indicates that hotel is from hostel. – WS2 Dec 31 '15 at 8:49

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