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Warrington, UK
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

Without doubt, the worst motel I've ever stayed in. A disgusting, dirty room stinking of smoke and with mould and damp all over one wall. We booked on line and thought it would be OK - big mistake. If we hadn't arrived at 5:30 after a long day on the road, we'd have written off the money it cost and... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2015

I stayed here with a friend from out of the country who was interested in going to HSU. The guy at the front desk was really nice. No breakfast included in the over $100 we spent on a terrible, worn out, cigarette scented room. The place is located right next to a liquor store, tons of homeless people, and the... More 

3 Thank Santos D

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Vermilion, Canada
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

4th of July travel without reservations? Why not? Oh yeah, every room is booked. We were lucky (?)enough to get the last room within 30.miles or more at the Fairwinds. Smelly, old linens, cig burns in the blankets, bad mattress, no air con&if you open the window you get the smoke from those on the balcony/walkway out having a butt.... More 

1 Thank clandonaldboy
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2014

There was a bug infestation in my room that I didn't notice until midnight as I had been out with friends until arriving back at that time. Upon calling the desk and informing them there was a swarm of bugs on the counter and some on the floor and some in the sink in the bathroom, I was told they... More 

2 Thank pandorabrown
Lafayette, California
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69 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2014

I stayed here in September 2008 and thought it was dated, but fine. Even though the reviews since were somewhat negative, I thought it would be fine again. Eh. Seems like they haven't updated anything since then. The linens looked clean, but very old. The thing that got me was the smell - I opened the door and it smelled... More 

1 Thank Andrea W
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

My wife and I just stayed 2 days to attend for our daughter graduation last weekend. While the motel is old, it seems to be well maintained and reasonably clean, so we enjoyed our stay there. I don't understand why some of the reviews that I saw was so bad and nasty, because during our stay everything looked OK and... More 

Thank Kevin M
Tate, Georgia
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120 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2014

This place is original retro--- everything is ancient. You seriously get less than what you pay for. The beds are old, it's loud as anything with the highway on one side and young folk going through the dumpsters at all hours. The best I can say about this place is it provides a roof over your head. You could save... More 

2 Thank MrsZimm
Ferndale, California
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172 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

The Fairwinds should have said farewell years ago. Where do I begin? The only pro is the proximity to HSU. Unfortunately the freeway is on one side and a main Arcata through fare on the other...which means bring ear plugs. The rooms smell like an old karate studio...a mixture of stale sweat and stinky feet. Bring your flip flops because... More 

3 Thank sandybeach818
Auburn CA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

This was the worst hotel experience I have ever had. The rooms are moldy smelling and hot. The heater would not turn off. The manager's solution to this was to turn off the pilot light and offer to put a fan in the window. The lights did not work. The bathroom was outdated and downright unclean. Do not stay here... More 

2 Thank Mike F
Palmdale, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

I had my daughter and niece with me and booked the hotel because it's in walking distance HSU. While checking in there were several ladies in the back room cursing up a storm. Totally unprofessional. I should have walked out, but I didn't. The room smelled grimy even though the window was cracked open. It was cold so we tried... More 

2 Thank 78traveler78
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  • Free Parking
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  • Wheelchair access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Additional Information about Fairwinds Motel

Address: 1674 G St, Arcata, CA 95521-5649
Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Arcata
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Fairwinds Hotel Arcata
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