The Thunderbird appears to be a family run business. They are conscientious about keeping the rooms clean & modern. Our room had lots of floor space. There was a refrigerator and microwave.
They had complimentary coffee & muffins for breakfast. These would be good enough to hold you over until you could get a proper breakfast. Several places were nearby.
The motel is close to several interesting ethnic shops and a large grocery store.
You can also walk to the seaside for a walk on a paved trail.
"Nice, clean, quiet, efficient, and close to beach"
I enjoyed my stay. At check-in the friendly staff had my reservation already printed up and ready to sign me in. The room was large, clean and quiet. It was only a little over 2 blocks from the beach and the Santa Cruz boardwalk.Amazingly inexpensive for such a great location. I had a very enjoyable stay!
Booked this place due to it being the cheapest in town at late notice and we couldn't get into the hostel. After reading reviews on multiple websites, began to regret my logic. Showed up and the double queen suite (same price as the double queen standard) was really a king in the main room with good tv, air con, and in very clean condition, with a queen in the second room. excellent staff were up late to check us in. breakfast included and check out at noon also much appreciated. short stroll to the beach and bars in town etc. other guests were mostly families so not quite the party crowd, but that's the only downside i could think of for our stay (and it's barely something to whine about). would definitely recommend.
Friendly staff, great location, comfy beds, big tv's and lots of channel choices. Downsides are you can hear just about everything going on in rooms around you, noisy hallways, stale cigarette smell everywhere. For the price you pay you cant beat it
The basic service of the hotel was good. Easy check in, room was ready. I didn't mind the slightly worn conditions of an older and cheaper hotel. If they would properly clean the rooms the stay would of been much better. I don't think the owners look at the rooms from a customers point of view. They probably go in the rooms and see it as good enough. My issues were slightly dirty floors, extra screws in the walls, phone missing buttons, no iron or ironing boad, broken heater screen (heater worked great though) and small, thin towels. The hotel was ok for a 1 night business stay.
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