I stayed here in September 2008 and thought it was dated, but fine. Even though the reviews since were somewhat negative, I thought it would be fine again. Eh. Seems like they haven't updated anything since then. The linens looked clean, but very old. The thing that got me was the smell - I opened the door and it smelled like a mix of smoke and...something else. (It was a non-smoking room.) I didn't want to find out what the something else was, so I went to another motel. It's a shame, because this could be a really great place if they just fixed it up a bit - do a deep cleaning of the carpet, bathroom and get some new linens. Front desk manager is nice.
In summary, if you want very budget lodgings, walking distance to downtown, and you're not very discerning - this is the place for you. In a pinch, it would work. As for me, I headed on down the road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Fairwinds Motel is a motel in Arcata, California, where distance is better expressed in minutes, not miles. It is located by the 101 Freeway along the California North Coast right next to Humboldt State University in the heart of the Redwood Country between the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the Redwood National Park, home of the world tallest trees and other nature attractions, all of those can be reached in less than 60 minutes of driving. The motel rooms are clean and comfortable with free wireless internet so you can do business while relaxing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairwinds Hotel Arcata