What is the meaning of dollar hotels in the following sentence:
After a couple of days in dollar hotels and one night in the pokey, I finally landed on my mother’s doorstep.
Source: The Vicious Cycle by Jim B.
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If you follow your link, but select "Preface", you'll see that the book was originally published in 1939. It is apparent that, at that time, very cheap hotels could be found which charged one dollar per night. From that comes the phrase "dollar hotel".