Rotel Tours Feature A Hotel On Wheels

Rotel Tours Feature A Hotel On Wheels

Rotel Bus Tour (Images courtesy Jalopnik)
By Andrew Liszewski

Flat folding seats and semi-private mini berths in the first-class cabins of some airlines have made traveling on an international red-eye as comfortable as spending the night in a hotel. But let’s face it, those seats are not priced for travelers on a budget. So hopefully these Rotel Tours buses are.

Think of them as a combination of a Greyhound bus and a motorhome, minus any of the luxuries of the latter. Each passenger is privy to a 6 foot long bed, though each bunk is only about 3 feet wide by 3 feet high. A single bathroom is located on the bus, but as you’ve probably already guessed, there are no shower or bathing facilities, so apparently every tour makes periodic stops giving travelers a chance to ‘freshen up.’ At least there are plenty of windows to open. According to Jalopnik the company has been operating these tours since 1959 and has around 3,400 of these buses! But it’s no wonder I haven’t seen one before given they don’t seem to operate in North America. And you know what? I don’t really feel as if I’m missing out.

[ Rotel Tours ] VIA [ Jalopnik ]

18 thoughts on “Rotel Tours Feature A Hotel On Wheels”

  1. They do operate in North America, and you are missing out because they have tours throughout the entire continent and most of the countries in the world.

  2. Very unique idea, I will give them that lol. I would love to do their marketing that is for sure…so hint hint to the owners of this hotel on wheels. Sadly for me, I would be motion sick so fast.

  3. Very unique idea, I will give them that lol. I would love to do their marketing that is for sure…so hint hint to the owners of this hotel on wheels. Sadly for me, I would be motion sick so fast.

  4. I think its good to stay here because its a moving hotel which is really unique and fun to experience with. I wonder now how much is the reservation or stay to this kind of hotel, I hope its only in a cheap price so that a lot of people can afford it.

  5. As original as it may be, I think it's not very comfortable to sleep on a 6 foot long bed, in a bunk 3 feet wide by 3 feet high. I would much rather sleep at any of the Hotels in New York than take Rotel sleeping bus.

  6. Saw my first Rotel Tour bus at the Grand Canyon National Park in AZ (Jul 2010). What a novel idea. The bus I saw had 25 people onboard, including the driver/cook. Everyone was very happy and having a great time. I might try this way of touring sometime.

  7. What are you going to do with the money you don’t spend on this trip? Having a prize in mind helps keep me focused on saving. I have a pool of money I can afford to part with here in Argentina. Any money I take home will go into my high interest savings account towards my next savings goal: paying off our car loan. My goal is to shave time off that deadline by bringing home enough unspent “travel money” to make a full months’ car payment.

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