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Gateway Thunderbird Motel
Ranked #6 of 13 Hotels in Seaside
San Mateo, California
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3 reviews
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“stay away!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2010

stay away!!! this is a smelly, dirty, rude, and disgusting place to stay. there are plenty of other inexpensive places to lodge. i'm rating this less than zero, we booked on priceline and they didn't live up to their amenities. plus they don't even wash their linen. it smell and the towels felt like sand paper! please don't stay here, don't support poor services and quality.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2010

I always try and stay at the smaller hotels to give the little guys a chance. In Seaside for example, there is not much do to and many smaller hotels. The proprieter is an affable fellow, but he seems to misunderstand the concept of quiet. I requested a quiet room. He gave me an upstairs room off the main path, yeah. However, it is 11:00 PM. The people next door have a barking dog. Two rooms across the hall were just occupied, so I am listening to people lumber up the stairs with luggage from the parking lot below. Complaining does nothing because "that is the nature" of the hotel business. So beware if you think you might want to go to bed early while on a business trip.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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  • Stayed January 2007, traveled solo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2010

i live in seaside the reason why they are so cheap is because no stays there because our city calls it the CRACK motel. either your there selling it buyibg it or smoking it.... just a heads up ya its cheaap but be careful where you breath and where u park your car

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2009

Looks like it was updated since last time I stayed here. Bed was VERY COMFY, new carpet plus a micro/fridge made my stay very pleasant. In spite of high traffic on Fremont St., room was very quiet and a got 5 good nights of sleep during the 5 nights I stayed there. For the price, you could not ask for more!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2008

I booked a room for 2 persons online, since this was one of the only motels that had a room available for the date. We would have needed one extra bed for a third guest, about which I called the property directly and they told me (in bad english) that it would cost about $10 extra. I agreed to this, but it was a surprise when we arrived that the rules had changed...an older woman, apparently one of the owners, demanded that we pay $50 extra for the one extra guest!
We had no choice since all the nearby motels were booked full, so we had to comply and pay the $50 extra, making the total of our check nearly $150. At least we got a bigger room with two queen beds, but still at that price you could get a much nicer room in a better location.

The room in general was in pretty good condition. They had wireless internet access and clean rooms. Bathroom was small and inadequate. Other motel guests appeared poor or a bit shady.

At the original price, this might have been an ok experience, but for the price we paid, I would never stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2008

staff is unkind and unhelpful. i didnt like them. cheap place but if you have 5-10$ more chose another one to see smiling and easy going staff.,,

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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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 County > 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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