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Gateway Thunderbird Motel

1.5 of 5 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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Anaheim, CA
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Upon reading most reviews, i made sure i brought with me a can of lysol spray. The room was nice & clean but you can smell something, maybe from the carpet so before the rest of my family gets in, i sprayed all contents of Lysol to the beds, carpet, tables, handles & restroom and we feel fine, secure from... More

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Brussels, Belgium
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

We spent the night here as it was the only place left. We really should have kept driving. The sheets had spots of dried blood on them, empty beer cans under the bed and the room was clearly not cleaned for some time.

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Top Contributor
168 reviews 168 reviews
63 hotel reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Didn't recognise any of the horror stories written below- clean room, v helpful owners, fast cheap laundry room. Location means it's driving only to Monterey - otherwise it's a walk to one of the strip mall food joints. Fine for 1 night

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Toronto, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

PLEASE READ - So this is what happened, we decided to tour Los Angelis after a week long conference. We thought we could tour Hwy 1 and book a hotel/motel along the way wherever we decided to stop for the night. So we landed in Monterey, Ca and every room in the whole town was sold out for the night.... More

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Oakland, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I liked nothing about the motel. I originally booked on bookings.com, but found the same night about 2 months later for cheaper, so I paid upfront online. I expected old, but clean; not dirty and threadbare. The folks were nice and as helpful as they could be when they replaced our broken refrigerator and fixed the "very low-flush toilet." However,... More

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Las Vegas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Good location, looks nice from the outside. The furniture is run down, the mattress is horrific but the bathroom was OK. The handrail is rusted, the carpet for the outside stairs is disgusting. I will not recommend this hotel to anyone.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

I've stayed at plenty of hotels/motels in Monterey CA and this is the worst. The lady at the front desk (THE OWNER) is beyond rude. She gave me an obvious dirty look when I asked for extra towels. And when I called to confirm my reservation I had to ask for someone else to talk to because she wouldn't help... More

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1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

This place is like a crack house motel. Holes in the walls blood stains on the shower curtains burns on the blankets cracked mirrors. It's possible someone died in our room it was beyond disgusting but looks great from the outside.

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Madera, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The room was clean and quiet .The fridge and microwave worked very while they did'nt smelled and the towels where fine.the owner where very nice people I left my souvenir hanging on the wall and they were kind enough to send it to me by mail . which I appreciated the owners doing that for me. which there is no... More

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Fresno, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This motel was one of the cheapest option. It cost $68, including tax. We got what we paid. The room was the smallest among the rooms that I have ever stayed. I have never seen such a heavily used bath towel in my life. There were fridge and microwave in the room, which was nice for the cheap motel but... More

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Address: 1909 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside, CA 93955 (Formerly Gateway Lodge Motel)
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Seaside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Gateway Thunderbird Motel 1.5*
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