I stayed at the Quality Inn Chico, also known as Thunderbird Motel for one night during a recent road trip and really enjoyed my stay.
The hotel is located in downtown Chico, walking distance from many restaurants, bars and from the university. Even though it is now called "Quality Inn", there is still a big "Thunderbird Motel" sign, which certainly gives it a bit historic americana feel; I hope it stays there. The hotel is built around a parking lot with downstairs rooms accessible directly from it. The second floor rooms are entered through an outdoor gallery.
When checking in I was given one of the few larger rooms. I had to sign a form saying that guests would be immediately evicted if found to have parties in their rooms. That's probably due to the regional specifics of a college town with a wild party culture. I did not have any problems with noise during my stay, though.
The room was top-notch: comfortable bed, desk, granite countertops, coffee machine with coffee and tea bags. There was no view since the window faced a blank wall, but I did not mind that. Free Wi-Fi worked pretty well.
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the included breakfast. Unlike most "continental" breakfasts in the US, this one included eggs and cereals. There was a waffle-maker available as well. They only had decaffeinated tea available, unfortunately.
In conclusion, the level of comfort I've encountered was more likely to that of a 3-4 star hotel. Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Quality Inn near Chico State near the California State University Chico campus. The Quality Inn® near Chico State is less than a mile away from the Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park outdoor recreation area and museum. This unique venue features a Victorian-era house with 26 rooms, a gift shop, a theater and more. Guided tours of this facility are held weekly. This California hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chico. If business brings you to town, the convention center and California State University, Chico campus are within walking distance. The Silver Dollar Speedway is within five miles. The city of Chico has recognized as bicycle friendly town, so hit the town for pleasure and explore the downtown area, Bidwell Park and much more. Additional points of interest close to this Chico, CA hotel include: Butte County Fairgrounds Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico Museum. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Inn, Near Chico State Hotel Chico
- Chico Quality Inn