I like motels for several reasons:
Your door opens straight outside, making it more like a tiny one-room apartment than a hotel room.
Free wireless. I don't understand how the charge for normal amenities such as internet and coffee increases with the price of the hotel. Shouldn't it be the opposite?
Usually comes with a mini-fridge so that you can keep the necessities - which for us is beer, milk, and berries! - on hand and not have to order room service if you feel like a bowl of cereal.