Ontario motels offer 3 distinct advantages over other types of Ontario accommodation. What are they?
Save Money: On a budget? Motels can save you money! They're often more basic with fewer high-end services than hotels, and because they’re often located just outside of town, their property taxes are lower, and they can pass these savings on to you. They're great for anyone looking for savings, especially families. This is why they're so numerous around major tourist destinations like Niagara Falls.
Experience the Outdoors: Many motels have a private deck off the patio door so you can sit and enjoy the outdoors a bit, unlike hotels where you’re usually cooped up inside during your stay. Sometimes there’s a bit of property as well, with walking trails or a nearby lake.
Access to Highways: Motels are often located along major highways which makes them ideal if you're travelling and want to get on the road quickly in the morning.
Some of the international chains you’ll find in Ontario include:
Americas Best Value Chalet Inn & Suites
Note: Some of these brands offer city hotels as well.
You’ll also find many smaller, mom-and-pop type motels, especially in “cottage country” up in Muskoka and Algonquin Park.
To find motels in Ontario
I've found a few sites useful for locating Ontario motels.
The first is http://www.stayontario.ca. Click on the Motels tab and then select your nearest town. The content you'll see here is advertising, of course, so take it with a grain of salt.
I also use tripadvisor.ca. This site gives you the added advantage of being able to read reviews of previous guests and also to sometimes see their candid photographs.
Hotels.com also lists motels (despite the name).
Speaking of names, sometimes you'll see a listing for an "inn". Ontario motels occasionally use this in their name too.
You can also call the local Tourist Office and ask them for names and phone numbers. Note, they will not give recommendations, though; they are not allowed to do that.