Gateway Thunderbird Motel Seaside  2 stars

1909 Fremont Blvd, Seaside, United States, 93955  show mapSave
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Gateway Thunderbird Motel is located in a seaside area of Seaside in close proximity to Monterey Bay Aquarium, Naval Postgraduate School and Ventana Vineyards. Renovated in 2004, the hotel has welcomed guests since 1970.

You can see Cannery Row, Bruce Ariss Wharf Theater and Monterey Parks Maintenance only 4.0km from the property. A 30-minute walk to the center of Seaside.

A short drive from Monterey Peninsula airport.


The hotel rooms are comfortable, all of them come with satellite TV, Wi-Fi, a microwave, ironing facilities and a small fridge.


A complimentary continental breakfast is served every morning.


Guests can take advantage of internet access, a photocopier and a fax and make use of an ironing service, laundry and 24-hour reception provided on-site.


Such sports activities as deep-sea fishing, horse riding and scuba diving are provided on-site.


Wireless internet is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Guest Parking

Free Public hotel parking is possible on site.

Number of rooms   66.

City Center Seaside - 1.4 mi
Airports Monterey Peninsula (MRY) - 2.1 mi, Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) - 51.8 mi
Bus stop - 700 ft
Restaurants City Diner (cuisine: American) - 200 ft, Sarita's Mexican Food (cuisine: Mexican) - 300 ft
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  • Free parking
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Laundry
Dining facilities
  • Continental breakfast
Business facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet
  • Fax/photocopying
Room facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Heating
  • Ironing facilities
  • Dressing area
Kitchen facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • AM/FM alarm clock



from  2 pm


until  11 am

Children and extra beds
  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

Pets are not allowed.

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    What's nearby

    Popular areas
    • City Center
      1.3 mi
    • Seaside Parks Maintenance
      3700 ft
    • Recreation and Comm Activities
      1.0 mi
    • Seaside Recreation and Comm Dept
      1.1 mi

    Local Attractions

    • Jacks Peak County Park
      2.3 mi
      25020 Jacks Peak Park Road, Monterey
    • Dennis the Menace Park
      2.8 mi
      Pearl Street and Camino El Estero, Monterey
    • Museum of Monterey
      3.0 mi
      5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey
    • La Mirada
      3.1 mi
      720 Via Mirada, Monterey
    • Monterey County Youth Museum
      3.1 mi
      425 Washington Street, Monterey

    Restaurants Nearby

    • City Diner

      50% likes this, based on 31 reviews
      Cuisine: American

      200 ft
      1901 Fremont Blvd

      Phone: 831-394-3697

    • Sarita's Mexican Food

      64% likes this, based on 36 reviews
      Cuisine: Mexican

      300 ft
      1936 Fremont Blvd

      Phone: 831-394-4407

    • Taste of Vietnam

      72% likes this, based on 43 reviews
      Cuisine: Vietnamese

      600 ft
      1868 Fremont Blvd

      Phone: 831-394-8855

    • Baldemiro's Taco Shop

      70% likes this, based on 30 reviews
      Cuisine: French, Mexican

      1000 ft
      2008 Fremont Blvd

      Phone: 831-899-2231

    • Stammtisch German Restaurant

      76% likes this, based on 30 reviews
      Cuisine: German

      1400 ft
      1204 Echo Ave

      Phone: 831-899-3070

    Gateway Thunderbird Motel Reviews

    Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Gateway Thunderbird Motel

    Average guest rating

    out of 10
    Based on 31 reviews

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    Individual guest reviews

    • Couple

      Nothing much to say... The staff was friendly.

      The facility was pretty run down and not well taken care of. We won't be staying there again.

      • Average rating
    • Family with children

      The towels were gross, the beds were hard, there wasn't any local channels on the TV, they said there was "free breakfast" but there wasn't especially at 6AM. The customer service was rude as well.

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      I regretted my stay at this hotel.

      This hotel was... unpleasant. The wall was covered in scary mirrored tile directly opposite the bed for what seemed an obviously lecherous purpose. The room smelled of an unidentifiable saccharine, borderline toxic odor. I presume this was cleaning solvent of some kind, which is a mild relief, but it was rather noxious. The toilet was barely bolted to the floor and rattled loudly while you sat on it, and the bathroom door did not close or bolt.

      • Average rating
    • Family with children

      It's not a three satr hotel

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      bag of trash left out of trashcan in room

      • Average rating
    • Older travelers

      Location, price

      Run down, warnout

      • Average rating
    • Single

      Its proximity to a lot of stores and eating establishments. The lady at the desk was kind and efficient.

      The room was a little small for my taste. The rug should have been cleaner.

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      Very close to the warf and cannery row. No hassle check in and out. Room had microwave and mini fridge. Free HBO.

      Room, towels and bedclothes were pretty warn, but all were clean. You get what you pay for!

      • Average rating
    • Family with children

      I cannot begin to describe how physically revolting the room was. The carpet was so filthy our feet became black from walking on it (it was also moist). Less than half of the lights worked. The heater didn't work. The trash from the previous guest was still in the fridge, on the floor, and under the bed. The condition of this motel would make a Bay Area slumlord blush. The continental breakfast consisted of (I am guessing) possible five donuts/muffins and a pot of coffee to share with the neighboring motel. I was not the only guest to go the common room and look confused at the small empty plate with crumbs and empty coffee pot.

      • Average rating
    • Couple

      Clean, with a firm bed. Hot water works.

      Tired 70's era building with paper thin walls, plug in heater, old everything, no coffeemaker.

      • Average rating
    • Group of friends

      Comfortable bed and that is all.

      As we had to pay A$170.00 per night at this hotel due to the MotoGP at Laguna Seca we expected a half decent hotel to stay at for that price. When booking this hotel through it advertised that breakfast was included in the price. What breakfast, this consisted of small muffins cut into very small sections with a cup of black coffee, you had to ask for any juice to be provided. The room was not clean, and the towels were so small, old and grey, we had to ask for fresh towels to be provided, they never took away the wet towels from your room. They didn't empty any of the garbage bins and the old TV was unwatchable. A very poor response from hotel staff, hardly looked at you, very unwelcoming. Overall a poor hotel and surprised that has it listed. We would not recommend this hotel.

      • Average rating
    • Older travelers

      The Thunderbird is well past it's prime and in need of basic cosmetic repairs. The rooms are smal, and the shower area hardly usable. The one thing I thought to be most unsuitable were the bath towels. Less than normal size, old, thin and rough. So much so that they wouldn't completely dry you off after a shower. Not a place we would return to .

      • Average rating
    • Group of friends

      It was the most affordable place I could find in the area that included free wifi.

      The bed was NOT comfortable at all!

      • Average rating
    • Single

      location, price

      paid for king size bed, wasn't given one. room location at the hotel was terrible. I was told king size bed was not available. Room had no a.c. heating system at least 40 years old.

      • Average rating
    • Single

      The price was wonderful! However, I think the hotel could use a little face lift. Other than that, the location is great. Right off the freeway and located near everything; shopping centers, restaurants, etc. I was very comfortable. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, STEPHANIE!!

      I can't complain...whenever, I stay over at any hotel lately, my biggest concern would be cleanliness and bedbugs. There were none!!!! That's a huge plus for me!!

      • Average rating
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