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Gateway Thunderbird Motel

1909 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside, CA 93955 (Formerly Gateway Lodge Motel)
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Ranked #10 of 12 Hotels in Seaside
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Long Beach, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have no complaints. My room appeared to be newly remodeled. Bedding was clean. Fridge and microwave were clean and worked fine. Flatscreen tv and wi-fi worked perfectly. Bathroom clean, shower worked great. No excessive noise from the neighbors or the street. In sum, my experience was much better than many of the older reviews posted here. I booked on... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

Disgusting personnel very rude never stay there mold smells bad cock roches bedding is nasty.where is the health department they need to shut this place down. Please don't give these people any more business.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I had shown up with my partner.And was criticized about us using one bed...It went bad from there when we opened up the room to see there was food left over on the floor and in the fridge. TV channels were all fuzzy ..wi fi worked well . Breakfast was two different kind of Costco muffins cut into fours... Coffee... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

First appearance makes you think this place will be OK but take my word for it, this place was a disgusting mess. It had toilets in the courtyards. When I pulled back the bed linen there were stains and I couldn't tell if had ever been laundered. The rooms smelled so stale and of old cigarette smoke. I didn't look... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We chose this motel strictly on price (the least expensive in the area) and I was pleasantly surprised by the value for money we got: * newly renovated HUGE room with matching bathroom * extremely stable and fast Internet connection * invigoratingly strong shower water pressure * courtesy 1 hour delay in our checking-out granted with a gracious smile *... More 

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Pacific Grove, California
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I have stayed here and the rooms are filthy and the service from the front desk is terrible. Unfortunately, the clientele is very low-class, looks like drug dealers and users, Twice, someone pounded on my door in the middle of the night, lights were out and so was the TV. I asked who was there and the response was I... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

i booked far in advance for a very busy week in Monterey (car week) and got a very good rate. I expected a disaster from the reviews, which I read only just before going. But no disaster - a clean recently updated room with a nice new bathroom and a good bed. Linens and towels, while not upscale, were clean... More 

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London
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We arrived in monterrey thr weekendof a car festival, and there was no availavility elsewhere for our budget. Still we paid $247.4 per night. Extortionate for what we got. We were appalled by it. The other reviews speak for themselves. But the last straw was a knock at the door at 23:30 from the owner and her son (?)... son... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

We are not snobs, nor are we slobs. We have an expectation of at least cleaned bedding, bathroom, flooring, etc. Not happening here. should save more money, and spend it with a higher class type of place. It is true...You Get What You Pay for. Our goal is to have a great time, at a reasonable price. Budget challenges. Should... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We used it as a base for 2 days to visit national parks, Carmel and Monterrey. The motel looked well used and a bit run-down. The room was very basic indeed. The price was OK but didn't feel like good value for money.

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