Thunderbird Lodge was merely a sleep stop for us on a 22 hour drive. We chose it due to the good price and high reviews. Like others before us, seeing the outside was a little dicey, but the rooms were not what you would expect driving up. We arrived after hours so the office was locked and we had to use the service window on the side as is often seen in smaller hotels. Normally I am used to having to ring the bell and wait for the manager/owner to wake up and come out, but this was not the case. Regardless of the late hour, we had already been noticed driving up and I was greeted cheerfully at the window instead of by someone groggy and upset to have to deal with customers at a late hour. That alone sets Thunderbird Lodge above many of the other independent hotels I have stayed at in the past.
Once in our room we had everything we needed for a good nights sleep. The place is older so don't expect a four star or anything, but if you are looking for a good place to stop, this one has what you need. Our only complaint was that the room was warm and the a/c took a while to cool it, but it was also the end of May and we got in and wanted to get right to sleep. However, if we had arrived a few hours earlier and gone to dinner while we turned the unit on to cool it wouldn't have been a factor, with the current economy we definitely can't blame the owners for turning the units off when there are no guests staying in the rooms.
While Redding isn't normally a route we drive through, we would be sure to look at Thunderbird again if we were to pass by.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in downtown Redding, with easy access to major freeways, shopping malls, recreational areas and major businesses. Thunderbird Lodge provides you with comfortable living. The tasteful decor of each room is carefully planned for your enjoyment. Your room is ideal for a business session, entertaining or plain relaxing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thunderbird Hotel Redding