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Gateway Stay Central Arcata 2 Bd/2 Ba Apartment Near H.S.U. Gateway

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Historic remodeled vacation rental near HSU Gateway and Arcata Plaza

NOTE: SINGLE NIGHTS MAY BE BOOKED IN SOME SITUATIONS BUT ARE SUBJECT TO 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 upscale vacation rental, which can accommodate 6 guests, is part of the ARCATA STAY LODGING NETWORK OF EXCEPTIONAL 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
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Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2017

About Christy Laird

I have had a love affair with Arcata since I moved here nearly 40 years ago to attend Humboldt State University. I graduated and could not leave this special place; our progressive kinda quirky little university town is like none other. I own and operate Arcata Stay Lodging network, created in 2004, and manage Gateway Stay for my owner partners, a retired dentist and his wife.

Why Christy Laird chose Arcata

The abundance of natural beauty just minutes away in any direction is phenomenal: the tallest most majestic redwood trees in the world, miles of unspoiled rugged coastline, sand dunes, lagoons, six beautiful rivers, ever changing Humboldt Bay, and Wildlife Refuges, to name a few. The redwood coast offers diverse recreational opportunities which attract visitors from around the world. I have hosted a good number of those visitors and guided them to the unique features of our area. I have developed friendships with guests who return again and again to visit their HSU students or family living in the area, attend our many festivals and events, conduct business, or come back to a getaway that they love. It is the perfect base from which to make day trips to the natural wonders of our region, and return at the end of the day to a lovely space with all the comforts of home.

What makes this apartment unique

Arts, culture, music, theater, shopping, food and drink, being 'green' before it was groovy, a lively downtown Plaza, Humboldt State University, architecture, history, and a friendly embracing community make Arcata a destination not to be missed.

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
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Antique porcelain soaking tub, magnifying mirror
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Sink is built into counter in bedroom, magnifying mirror
  • Each bedroom has its own bath ensuite
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King bed has memory foam mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bed has a memory foam mattress
  • Master has a king bed, back bedroom has a queen bed, and the sofa in the redwood greatroom converts into a double bed which can accommodate 2 guests
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Sumptuous Linens, Spa Robes, Menu Book, Tourism Information, Hair Dryer, Magnifying Mirror, Iron, Ironing Board, In-room coffee and tea service provided, Wildberries Marketplace Grocery, Deli, Bakery 1/2 block away


4/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Gateway Stay Central Arcata 2 Bd/2 Ba Apartment Near H.S.U. Gateway
average rating of 4.0 based on 9 reviews
Bay Area

Beautiful Space

  • 4 of 5

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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Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Arcata/Eureka Airport in McKinleyville
Nearest Barpub
Arcata Theater Lounge, on G Street, 2 blocks away
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Beau Pre Public Golf Course in McKinleyville
Nearest Motorway
HWY 101 14th Street onramp and exit 2 blocks away
Nearest Restaurant
Pho Hoang Vietnamese Restaurant across the street
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Mad River Beach
Car: recommended

Arcata is located just 7 miles north of Eureka and less than 40 minutes drive to both southern and northern 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 Heritage District, the Victorian Village of

Ferndale, or the quaint fishing village of Trinidad, Trinidad Head, beaches, and Patrick's Point State Park.


Rates & Availability

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

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 on weekends
◾No smoking and no pets allowed
◾Sofa Bed: Additional guests $15.00/person/night
◾Nightly rates are subject to 12% city tax
◾Payment: Cash, checks, credit cards

PAYMENT: Cash, checks, credit card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
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. Additional guest $15.00/person/night
City tax: 12%
No smoking allowed

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