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“"clean and cheap” 3 of 5 stars
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Gateway Thunderbird Motel
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Seaside
Madera, California
1 review
“"clean and cheap”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

The room was clean and quiet .The fridge and microwave worked very while they did'nt smelled and the towels where fine.the owner where very nice people I left my souvenir hanging on the wall and they were kind enough to send it to me by mail . which I appreciated the owners doing that for me.
which there is no A/C in the rooms so being a fan if its warm and your stay will be nice too.

Jeannette D,

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Fresno, California
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14 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This motel was one of the cheapest option. It cost $68, including tax. We got what we paid. The room was the smallest among the rooms that I have ever stayed. I have never seen such a heavily used bath towel in my life. There were fridge and microwave in the room, which was nice for the cheap motel but the fridge smelled so bad and I didn't want to store food in it. TV worked but we could barely see what it is on the screen. Shawer room is very small. Since this motel is located on the boulvard, there is always trafic noise all day. It was nice that there are some stores and Vietnamien restaurants just accros the boulvard. We didn't feel safe in this motel, some people were screeming and swearing during the night. I would nonetheless come back to this motel if I am alone, because it's cheap but I would not come back here with my wife again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We needed a place in a hurry. Our GPS suggested this Motel. It was the best night's sleep our family of 3 got on our 21 day trip. Very reasonably priced, and a separate bedroom with a queen size bed. Pristine, quiet, and great ocean air.Owner retrieved $1000.00 of camera equipment which was left by accident in a drawer, and refused a tip for his time. If you are looking for a great night's sleep in a very clean and comfortable room without all the fluff, this is the place.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Anaheim, California
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87 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

Because of Concourse week in Monterey and Carmel, everything is sold out. What’s left are places you would never stay in normally that are charging 4/5 star rates for 1 star places; like this one. The place is old and dirty. The carpet in room was terrible; A/C is called a window open that is if you can get it open. Then once it is open you hear all the sounds of the busy street. Place advertises breakfast which consist of coffee and a few pastries. There is a small refrigerator in room, but no coffee maker or other amenities. No hair dryer (if you need one) and shampoo comes in little tear packets. The towels are something you would buy in a bag of 100 at pep boys to wash your car. If you can’t tell, I was not thrilled with this place, but I guess it was better than sleeping in car.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

Monteray was totally full so no options other than this Motel. We were warned... And we also told we would be in good company with others desperate for a room. It would have scored higher except for the receptionist who seemed to take exception to us breathing let alone checking in and asking for some help... And the breakfast does not exist
You have been warned!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank TheInformedTraveller
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Fresno, CA
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26 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

PROS: They allowed me to check in at noon. Free fast wi-fi. Ample free parking.

CONS: The housekeeper uses a shopping cart from Target to hold her cleaning supplies. The road noise is loud. Ask for a room not next to the road. Small rooms. Bed is hard.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vidal Junction, California, United States
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81 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

The Gateway Lodge is next to the Thunderbird Gateway. It was clean and nice. We would stay again, the staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Gateway Thunderbird Motel

Property: Gateway Thunderbird Motel
Address: 1909 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955-3128 (Formerly Gateway Lodge Motel)
Location: United States > California > Monterey Peninsula > Seaside
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Seaside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Gateway Thunderbird Motel 1.5*
Number of rooms: 66
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