Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 27, 1972 · Page 87
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 87

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 27, 1972
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Highway Robbery By Merv Block In the 1940s, the late J. Edgar Hoover described them as "a new home of crime in America, a new .home of disease, bribery, .corruption, crookedness, ·rape, w h i t e s l a v e r y , thievery and murder. . . There are few major' cases in the FBI involving an extended pursuit in which the roadside crime-nest is not responsible for some form of easy lawlessness." He was talking about motels. And today, for motel owners and operators, who keep 1.4 million rooms going day and night across the country--more rooms than hotels have--there is a new- kind of lawlessness. And it costs. Today's Mr. and Mrs. Middle America take home mementoes with them from wherever they stop--and some professional thieves use the easy-access motels as a source of everything 919/256-2^43. "FISHING i FUN IS OUR BUSINESS" · RESTAURANT* GIF7S · NOVELTIES· OCEAN FRONT APARTMENTS JOHNNIE MERCER'S FISHING PIER I RECREATION CENTER from television sets to fire extinguishers. Amid the growing loss in towels, sheets, blankets, lamps, mirrors, the motel owner also finds an occasional room wiped out bed and all. Guests even filch the Holy Bible. A recent survey showed that almost one of every 10 Bibles placed in motels was carried away within a year. And all of this is because m o t e l s are s u c h big business. The word '''motel'" was jevised by a Californian who combined the front end of "motor" with the back end of "hotel." In 1925, he built the first one, Mikestone Mo- Tel at San Luis Obispo, h a l f w a y b e t w e e n L o s Angeles and 'San Francisco, The total distance is 400 miles, but in those days it was a tiring, two-day drive. Whatever they call · themselves, motels in the FtrFi'fliermc/i t Familief R.V. GABOON, INC. Super Markets COTTAGES FULLY FURNISHED OCEAN FRONT, 2-3-4 BEDROOMS For Completd Houitketping OH Season Rolti- Labor Day lo Jim* I '65 M to'100 M Phons919-441-5338 NAGS HEAD, N.C. 27939 ON THE OCEAN FRONT AT NAGS HEAD MOTEL ROOMS--With and 'WITHOUT KITCHENS--TV Refrigerators in every room. 2 Bedroom Apis. Collages Off-season rales labor Day loJiint 15 AIR COND. HEAT. POOL MARVIN end HA2EIMINTON owneri and manager! Telephone Nags Head 919/441-6111 P.O. Box 515, Nags Head, N. C. 27959 Triple-ess THE KING OF FISHING PIERS ATLANTIC BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA One Mile from Fort Macon and Beaufort Inlet 4 Miles to Morehead City COMPLETE LINE OF FISHING TACKLE AND BAIT · Oldest · Most Comfortable · More Fish · Snack Bar · Hot Sandwiches · Soft Drinki · Rental Rods Available · Camper Sites · Complete Travel Camper Facilities. · Yacht Basin · Convenient to Super Markets and Laundromats Write or phone for FREE Literature TRIPLE-ESS Box 38 Atlantic Beach, N.C. 28512 C.M. Hales, Mgr. Phone 919/726-6497 STAT^fAGAZfNE, August 27, ~1972' United States number about 43,300--and counting. There are fewer than half that number of hotels, about 21,100--and dwindling. While motels almost doubled and motel rooms quintupled in the past quarter century, hotels decreased by a third. The greatest concen-. t r a t i p n of motels and hotels sprawls along Miami Beach: mile after mile of hotels and motels, grand motels and bland motels, some garish and nightmarish, with many an architectural joke such as . Bronx Baroque. ' Florida has more motels ' than any other state, with the possible exception of California. Florida is surging ahead because of all the' building--some say "over-' building"--near Disney World, outside Orlando. There is a new element on , the motel horizon--budget motels. There are only some 10,000 b u d g e t rooms available, but the number is ·growing. They cut service and frills to almost nothing. Many c h a r g e cash in advance. · The biggest chain of budgets is Motel 6, owner of 96 motels in 23 states. Advance payment, cash only, no credit cards or checks allowed. No reservation system. No night clerks. Pay-as-you-watch black and white television. But then .rooms run under ?10 a day, Penny-pinching "pays: In Las Vegas where few people sleep anyway, Motel 6 has drawn many a full house. Their motel, with 303 rooms, less than a year old, has attained an average occupancy of 94 percent. In San Diego, t h e i r m o t e l registered 100 percent for all 1969 it's now a shade less, a phenomenal rate, even though more than one town is suspected of having a motel with an occupancy rate of 250 percent. The giant of the lodging industry is Holiday Inns. Holiday has 1,343 domestic inns and 84 foreign, including one in a black African state, Lesotho, which put a picture of their 116-room motel on a postage stamp! Worldwide, Holiday Inns has about 212,000 rooms open, more than its four closest rivals combined, excluding referral associations such as Best Western, Se- or wire them to alarms. Motel 6 brands their sets, as you would cattle, to reduce resale value. But every new offering b r i n g s a n e w t h i e f . Waterbeds became popular and motels searching for business o f f e r e d some rooms with waterbeds. Until guests siphoned out the water and packed the empty, f o l d e d b e d s i n t h e i r suitcases. cond l a r g e s t i s I T T Sharaton, with 63,800 rooms 992 in San Diego alone. Next is Ramada Inns, with 52,000 rooms. Fourth is Hilton, with 45.500. including two I · « · » · ! SEASHORE . . . 40 N«w Unit!. Rooms, Ellic. Apli. Hcottd Pool. Coblt Room TV. Privot* Bolconifi. Air Cond. D*nrtii Smith, Owntr · Phoit* I03/44I-6O29 Seaside Hotel Ocean Front Vi Block from Pavilion ROOMS APTS-DINING ROOM POOL, HEATED-CABLE TV Please send for rate brochure. CHECK OUR RATES FIRST! Phone 803/448-7334 Box 1304 MYRTLE BEACH, S. C. 29577 *·············»·*···· OCEAN FRONT. NEW IN 72 On iht- Ofi-an I'nmt AMBASSADOR E A S I I O T i ; i ine Finest in Resort Accommodations. New Addition. Ulta Modern. Pool. .Color TV. Excellent Location. Rooms and Family Apts. Tel. 803/249-2141 or 249/1478 Ocean Drive Section NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. 29582 · I I Z I Chicago Hotels with a total of 4,501. Fifth is Howard Johnson, with 45,000-not to mention 28 flavors. Nowadays, rhoiel owners bolt television sets to tables, On the Ocean Front Ocean Drive Section SEA-VISTA MOTEL 6 1, 2 Orui 3 Pr-1 A[:tt. · FL-Ily E'tc. Kl'ihrnl · er! Dial H-.onn · T V i., AD!!. · Hooted 5v" i 6 KiiKlir !'oo · Ca:i ?,',*. · Fisc FnKr.g CO Tier trai-.ic lilc Bufii · Air Cond. Hcol · Airport k-.jpSei.ict OFF SEASON RATES Fronr*?! and Joieph V.tMhlan Garten undMana£cii P. 0. lo* 163-Phon, IQ3/249-14I1 NORTH MYRTLE IEACH, $. C. 29S82 Welcome, West Virginians! to- The most beautiful and unusual hotel in Myrtle Beach 101 DELUXE ROOMS APARTMENTS ' Directly on the Atlantic Ocean" SEA GYPSY 1105 SOUTH OCEAN BLVD.-MYRTIE BEACH S.C. 29577 Family fun unlimited! Your choice o( eight 18-hole championship golf courses. targe Swimming pool (heated). Reitouran! and Kona Tiki Gift fi Gourmet food shop odjoining.. All rooms with Private Balconies. Color TV. Meeting and banquet rooms -- up to 300 people, tounge on 5th floor. Within walking distance of shopping area and amusement park. Reservations Suggesfed-Phone 803-448-842 1 Inquire About Our Special GOLF PACKAGE Sept. 15 to June 1st. Fall Sports go together at the Special Off Season Rates for Retired People 306 N. Ocean Blvd. MVRTLK REACH, S.C. 2U577 ..Phone 80M48-5fir6 * ROOM S-EF1-1C1E.NC V APTS Private balconies--Sun Deck Cable Color TV- Large Healed Pool Located Between Pavilions-Air Cond. Heat- Near Restaurant L. B. HAWLEY , Owner Manager For Color Brochure Rates, Writei SEA GYPSY MOTOR INN 306 N. Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577 Name: ·. Address City .' State ... Zip OCEAN VIEW BEACH Directly on Waterfront IN NORFOLK, VIRGINIA flOStTO· VA. BEACH* WILLIAMSBIIRG · HAGSHMD · NAVAL BASES Anchorage Motel and Apartments · 1020 E. Ocean Vk*A«e.lUrfolk Va.23503 (703) 5S3-5.14 ' Twin Sails Motel and Apartments ' . Ocean VitwAvt., K«rf«Hi, ¥«. 23503 (703) S83-2S27 Then two Brand New Water front fltoteti overlooking Chesapeake Roy with Bay tide Pooli and Private Beachet offer the flntjt for family voca- tioni, buiintu tripi or military tlay. Close to Golf Courwi, flihing Pitn, Amutement Pflrki, Axalea Gardens Shopping Centeri. 'The combined motili offer more than TOO tajtaful- lyappointed rodrni. Alto Efficiency ApM. fully ·quipped. Elec. Itovtj, refrigerator!, two double b*d(,o!reond. heat. Color TV,carpeled,droptJ, ·II tableware, diihti, lingnt furniihed, phonei, 'mold lervice. Credit Cordi honored. Free bro- hurei, Try our Water Bedj. Special rates for groupi. Tour Info' for Htltcrlt Norfolk. Coll collect (Numben above) for Reiervatlon* 23503 "THE ONLY THING WE OVERLOOK IS THE BAY" MOTOR INN Fall is a sportsman's paradise here. There's deep sea or fresh water lish- Ing. Hunting tor deer, dove, quail or other wild game birds. Golfing on any one of nine 18 hole championship courses. Tenni:, swimming, strolling clean white beaches, it's all ntre. Plus the finest accommodations In Myrtle Beach with every conceivable, luxury and convenience. For action and relaxing there's nothing like tna Sportsman. ? For additional Information write: j The SPORTSMAN MOTOR INN Post Office Bos 1 5 6 S W . V . 1405 South Ocean Boulevard Myrtle Beach. South Carolina 29577 Or call: (803) 448-4311 . Mr. Mrs. W. D. Willl»ms . J Owners and Managers ':'··· South Wind Motel Apartments 5301 NORTH OCEAN BOULEVARD MYRTLE BEACH, S. C. 29577 * OCEAN FRONT* · Apartments, · Gymnasium Efficiencies · Lounge Bed Rooms · Putting Green · Restaurant · Covered Heated · Golf Privileges Pool · Championship · Kiddie Pool courses, includ- · Beach Cabanas ing Dunes Club · Children's · Sauna Bath Playground · Life Guard Write for Golfers Package Brochure for Fall, Winter and Sprint South Wind Molel and Apartments 5301 N. Ocean loultvard, Myrtk Btath, S. C. C-4 29577 Please forward current raleschedale and color brochuie. Name " Address · City Stflte Z i p . CHARLESTON, W.VA. ·23m

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