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Gateway Stay Central Arcata 2 Bedroom/2 Bath Apartment

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 6 Sleeps

Note: Single nights may be booked in some situations but are subject to Owner/Manager's discretion. We handle our own bookings and charges to save you money. This property is EXCELLENCE rated by Tripadvisor.

Gateway Stay 2 bedroom/2 bath vacation rental, which can accommodate 6


ACCOMMODATIONS. This is a 2nd story apartment in a historic building in a

great central location, 2 blocks from the Humboldt State University

Gateway at 14th Street and L.K. Wood Boulevard, one half block from

Wildberries Marketplace (like a Whole Foods Market but locally owned), 2

blocks from the Northtown shopping and restaurant district, and 4

blocks from Arcata’s downtown plaza square. Leave your car and stroll

to boutiques, eateries, galleries, nightlife venues, movies, the Arcata

Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Redwood Park trails, and HSU campus. Gateway

Stay is 1000 square feet, and was re-modeled and newly furnished in

April/May 2013; our first Arcata Stay guest occupied the apartment over

Memorial Weekend. The owners painted throughout and installed new

stainless steel appliances, lighting sconces and chandelier, plumbing

fixtures, counter tops, wood floors, Marmoleum, bedroom carpet,

hardware, baseboards, blinds, and window treatments.

Gateway Stay is a historically unique and very special property. The

apartment occupies the second story of a lovingly restored 1906

Neoclassic Craftsman home, custom built as his own residence by

renowned architect/builder Nelson Johansen. Johansen was responsible for

designing and building a variety of Arcata’s finest residences and retail

buildings around the turn of the 20th century, especially in what

locals call the “top of the hill” neighborhood, on G and H Streets

north of Arcata Plaza. During his early building years, Mr. Johansen

saved the finest curly redwood and burl panels found in his trade. He

crafted this beautiful wood into his home and it is evident throughout

in multi-light windows, doors, and trim. The soaring vaulted ceiling in

the redwood great room is solid redwood, as are cabinets, book shelves,

and cupboards, lending a lodge-like atmosphere to the space. Beautiful

oiled bronze sconces up-light the ceiling, enhancing its many angles

with reflective warmth.

The lofty redwood great room is a splendid space, constructed

with a myriad of open rafter and beam angles, finished with

oiled bronze hardware, and new wood floors. It is open floor

plan with ample lighting; truly, the room glows. The color

palette is warmly neutral, enhanced by original art pieces (some by

local artists), a hand-tufted Craftsman-inspired oriental carpet, lovely

sheer window treatments, and luminous art glass lighting. Though not

presently functional, a historic artifact found in the redwood great

room is the cast iron wood stove, original to the home's construction.

Once located in the basement, the stove heated the entire residence with

a ducting system similar to how we heat with forced air today, but

state of the art for its time. Visitors can gather together in this

room in the comfortable conversation area and watch flat screen TV,

enjoy group meals at the dining table which expands with built-in

leaves, and indulge their gourmet creativity in the fully equipped

kitchen with tile/butcher block island, gas cook top, Jenn-Air grill,

dishwasher, refrigerator with dispensers and ice maker, built in oven

and microwave, and plenty of cupboard space. At the sink counter,

guests can look out the window and experience the ever changing view of

Arcata Bay skies and tides.

Both spacious and bright bedrooms feature new furnishings:

memory foam mattresses, sumptuous linens, chenille spreads,

duvet comforters, ample down pillows, and nightstands with

storage and reading lamps. The front bedroom has a king bed, a

large closet, bath ensuite with antique porcelain soaking tub, and a

separate desk area. The back bedroom has a queen bed, an entire wall of

closets, television, bath ensuite with a walk in shower and multi-jet

shower head, and a built in counter sink with cupboard storage in the

main room. The front-loading “high efficiency” stainless steel laundry

center is in a small room adjacent to the back bedroom. The sofa in the

great room can convert into a double bed which can accommodate 2

additional guests. Other amenities include wireless internet, expanded

cable TV, DVD library, 2 computer work stations, introductory kit of

coffee and tea service, spa robes, magnifying mirrors, bath products,

umbrellas, hair dryers, books, games, tourism information, and dining

menu guides.

More Details

Property Manager
Christy Laird
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 22, 2017

Guestbook comments from the manager

5 of 5 stars

Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great location, close to good grocer store, the plaza and shopping. Beds were very comfortable. The only glitch we had (somehow the water had been turned off for the unit!) was corrected within minutes of when we called to report it. I was very pleased with this rental.
Aug 2014
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Pacific Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Internet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
4 blocks from Arcata Plaza, off-street parking Fully equipped kitchen, laundry center, 2 baths Beds: King, queen, sofa bed, sumptuous linens Spa robes, magnifying mirrors, umbrellas Wifi, expanded cable, TV, DVD player Coffee and tea service provided


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Gateway Stay Central Arcata 2 Bedroom/2 Bath Apartment
average rating of 4.0 based on 9 reviews
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Beautiful Space

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There is a lot to like about this apartment. I stayed there this past weekend with my husband, mother-in-law and 3-year-old son. The apartment is beautifully renovated and the location was perfect for us. We walked to Wildberries, HSU, and all over downtown Arcata which was very convenient. There were two main drawbacks to our stay. One was the beds. They are advertised as "memory foam," but they are VERY firm and not comfortable if you prefer a softer mattress. The linens, however, are very nice. The other thing we had trouble with was the lack of ventilation. The apartment gets hot in the afternoon (thermostat said 78 when we arrived in the early evening) which is unusual for Arcata. It was difficult to cool the place down. We had to open the windows which are low to the floor and do not have screens. This wouldn't be a problem for a group of adults, but was a little worrisome for us with 3-year-old. All in all, enjoyed our stay. The little desk area in the master bedroom was the perfect place to set up our son's little toddler bed (we brought that with us) and he loved having his own little space. We would probably stay there again as the conveniences made up for the drawbacks.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Courtney for your thoughtful review. We always consider guest feedback and appreciate that you found Gateway Stay to be a beautiful space. During your stay, temperatures in Arcata were a bit higher than usual with a strange pineapple connection front coming through town and perhaps for that reason the apartment might have been warmer than is typical for Arcata. While working in the Stay to ready it for guests, I found that opening the windows in the bathrooms and kitchen (higher than others so likely not an issue for a toddler) made for terrific cross breeze and ventilation. The beds are both brand new and are memory foam mattresses, which can take some getting used to if you haven't experienced them before, but once one adjusts to them, they are heavenly to sleep on. Kindly.........Christy, Manager, Arcata Stay Lodging Network
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Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Shopping, dining, wine-tasting, galleries.

* Saturday Farmers Market on the Plaza.

* Godwit Days and Oyster Festival.

* Attend events at Humboldt State University.

* June Artists Open Studios.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Visit World Famous Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary.

* Hike/Bike 2000 Acre Redwood Community Forest.

* Friday Night Arts Alive Each Month.

* 4th of July and North Country Fairs.

* Kinetic Sculpture Race and Pastels on the Plaza.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Summer Humboldt Crabs Baseball.

* View seals at Mad River Beach.

* Arcata Skateboard Park.

* Paddling in Arcata Bay.

* Kayaking/canoeing/fishing Mad River.

Arcata is located just 7 miles north of Eureka and less than an

hour's drive to State and National Redwood Parks, home to the tallest

trees in the world. Enjoy majestic redwood groves, miles of pristine

coastline, Humboldt Bay, a famous wildlife refuge, and a lively town

square in arty, progressive Arcata, which is also home to Humboldt State

University. Between scenic Humboldt Bay and forested hills, our town is

a popular destination for visitors to the redwoods and is the ideal

'home base' from which to take recreational day trips or attend events

on the Arcata Plaza, including the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Oyster

Festival, Pastels On The Plaza, North Country Fair, Arts Alive, and

Saturday Farmers Market. Within a 15-30 minute drive from Arcata, visit

Old Town Eureka's Victorian Waterfront Heritage District, the Victorian

Village of Ferndale, or the quaint fishing village of Trinidad, Trinidad

Head and beaches, and Patrick's Point State Park.

Nature Oriented Activities:

Redwood National Park, State Parks, Humboldt Bay, Stunning Beaches

and Forests, Arcata Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, Hiking, Birding,

Wildlife Viewing

Outdoor Sports:

Biking, Marathons, Golf

River And Ocean Activities:

Kayaking, Rafting, Boating, Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing, Salmon &

Steelhead Fishing, Beachcombing, Whale Watching

In-Town Activities:

Arcata Plaza Festivals And Saturday Farmers Market, Humboldt State

University, Sightseeing, Old Town Eureka Waterfront, Ferndale

Victorian Village, Trinidad Seaside Village, Shopping, Restaurants,

Live Theater, Art Community, Touring Victorian Architecture, Music

Festivals, Museums, Cinemas, Zoo


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $15 per person per night

Nightly Rate: $199 - $229

Weekly Rate: $1183 - $1393

Rates and Policies:
Per Night Rate (4 Guest Occupancy):
1-3 Nights - $199.00
4-6 Nights - $184.00
7 or more - $169.00
Per Week - $1183.00

* 6 guest maximum
* A two night minimum is required unless manager makes an exception
* No smoking, no pets allowed
* Sofa Bed: Additional guests $15.00/person/night

Payment: Credit cards, cash, checks. A credit card number is required to hold a reservation

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.