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Thunderbird Motel

345 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801
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Ranked #6 of 26 hotels in Elko
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Redding, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the fourth time I have stayed at this motel. The price is reasonable, but has slightly increased apparently because it is under new ownership. The rooms are nothing special but they are clean and maintained on average basis. The staff at this hotel are great people who appear delighted to serve you. The location and the service are... More

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Sparks, Nevada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed here for a couple of nights. This is my review in a nutshell: It wasn't the best motel I have ever stayed in, but it certainly wasn't the worst. The room was clean, but although we had a non-smoking room, it still smelled of smoke and there were cigarette burns in the carpet. The bathroom was very clean,... More

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Reno, Nevada
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I work in Elko often, and I've tried many hotels there but find the Thunderbird to be my favorite. It is not new and fancy, but it is clean, convenient, and reasonably priced. The rooms are large and have good fridges and microwaves. It is way more interesting and fun to stay here instead of the newer chain motels on... More

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San Francisco
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We stopped in Elko because it is half way between San Francisco and Colorado and this time we decided we wanted to be able to walk to dinner (at the Star Hotel Basque restaurant) and not get back in the car after 9 hours of driving. We hoped for a clean, quiet room with reasonable courtesy for a decent price.... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I stayed there last minute with no reservation. Was traveling to Salt Lake and simply couldn't finish the drive. Room was awful had peeling wall paper in places. Front Desk person looked like someone you would not want to really talk to, and found it was true, rude, and was more interested in talking on the phone than getting me... More

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Alan D, Manager at Thunderbird Motel, responded to this review

We purchased the Thunderbird from Red Lion in late September 2013 and proceeded to renovate and upgrade the property we are a clean fresh stop for you. We appreciate your comments and have made changes to improve your stay adding a friendly new staff. Please stop the next time you are in the area. We still have free wifi now... More

Boise, Idaho
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

When I stayed there in January 2014, I found that the rates had gone up by over 35%. This motel used to be owned by the Red Lion chain. Now, it has been sold and is independently owned. In the past (under the Red Lion), you received a $5 food credit at any of the Red Lion operated restaurants in... More

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Alan D, Manager at Thunderbird Motel, responded to this review

We do offer an AARP (Senior) rate that is very economical for our seniors traveling. Spread the word. Possibly the rate was not available during the recent city wide event the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. The event is the place to be every year the last week of January Elko, Nevada when we celebrate the way the west was... More

Bay Area, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
19 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We slept well here, and it was clean, but it was quirky. My husband had me laughing when he called it our own Exotic Marigold Hotel (like the one in the movie). The bathroom had cute wallpaper, but the shower spout was funky. There were two sinks in the bathroom, but one was plugged up. There were lots of lamps... More

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Alan D, Manager at Thunderbird Motel, responded to this review

We are currently renovating our rooms and the wall paper is coming down in some rooms the walls are being painted. We want to retain the unique western feel of the hotel as it is in the downtown area but provide a refreshing warm cozy feeling. The shower head is quirky as you put it but adequate for a great... More

3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I stayed here last week and once year ago. I had very pleasant experience. I was glad to see flat screen TV! The price is perfect and staff was friendly. Best thing I like about this place, its walking distant from downtown; I didn't need to rent a car. :)

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tbm345, Manager at Thunderbird Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments the locations is excellent as downtown location and close to the airport, shopping and the many events that are hosted in the downtown area. Alan GM More

Nevada City, CA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Annnd the poor customer service continues below. We were never offered a different non-smoking room. We were told there were no other non-smoking rooms. Period. Management wasn’t there, and it’s obvious the employee is lying (again) to cover his first lie. As for the credit card: The VISA company kindly informed us a while ago that somebody was trying to... More

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tbm345, General Manager at Thunderbird Motel, responded to this review

Dear Karen, I thought after I spoke with you yesterday we had things settled. I have apologized to you for our poor training and said I would have the young man retrained and a disciplinary action would be taken. I also gave you my email and offered you a deep discounted room for your next stay. Again, I apologize for... More

Sacramento, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

The new owners say in response to other reviews that they now have new staff, but our problem was with the staff. I could have forgiven the fact that he took 2 long calls while we were standing in the lobby, when all he had left to do is to hand us our keys, but I hate being lied to... More

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tbm345, General Manager at Thunderbird Motel, responded to this review

Dear Ka L, I apologize that you had a bad stay. The young man that you are speaking of at the front desk is in fact new. His start date was in the middle of November 2013. As for getting moved. We did not have anymore downstairs rooms available in the location that you requested. We did have some upstairs... More

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Also Known As:
Thunderbird Hotel
Thunderbird Hotel Elko
Address: 345 Idaho Street, Elko, NV 89801
Location: United States > Nevada > Elko
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 26 hotels in Elko
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Good old fashioned western hospitality awaits you at the Thunderbird Motel. Reasonable rates, comfortable rooms and a central downtown location make Thunderbird your ideal place to stay in Elko, Nevada. Relax in a comfortable room or take a dip in the pool.Just off of Interstate 80, Elko, Nevada is within sight of the majestic Ruby Mountains.Thunderbird Motel is your perfect base for seeing all that this quaint northern Nevada town has to offer. The Thundrerbird Motel in Elko, Nevada, offers clean, economical accommodations that won't break your budget. All rooms are equipped with free wireless Internet access. The coffee is always on in our office! ... more   less 
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