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Gateway Thunderbird Motel

1909 Fremont Boulevard, Seaside, CA 93955 (Formerly Gateway Lodge Motel)
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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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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

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 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

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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