THE MOTEL is anything but a novelty these days. Sometimes, it’s the classic city hotel that seems an anachronism. But there was a time when the Holiday Inns and Howard Johnsons were newer, and the motel was a fresh take on an old idea: when you’re travelling, it’s nice to have somewhere comfortable where you can pay to stay. Fortune magazine has a lovely recurring Sunday blog feature called “Fortune Classic” in which it reposts old articles that are still interesting or relevant today… This week, Fortune┬áhas put up an article from 1963 about the motel boom — and it shows the beginning of the process that saw motels changed from very spartan to increasingly comfortable and sophisticated.