Bates Motel
Bates motel
Location: White Pine Bay, Oregon
Type: Motel

The Bates Motel, formerly the Seafairer Motel, is a motel in White Pine Bay, Oregon, in front of the now constructed Lee Berman Memorial Bypass. It was owned and run by Norman Bates, who ended up becoming sole owner after killing his mother Norma. He resided with her corpse as well as an imaginary figment of her named "Mother" in the house behind the motel.


The Seafairer Motel was built in the 1950s by Keith Summers' great-great grandfather. Their family passed the house and motel down from generation to generation until Summers lost them both to the bank. Norma eventually bought them in a foreclosure sale and renamed the Seafairer Motel to the Bates Motel.

Summers warned Norma of the property's dark history. Soon thereafter, Norman found Jiao's diary under the carpet of room 4. While Norman was at a party, Keith broke into the house and raped Norma before Norman arrived home to knock him out. Norma then repeatedly stabbed Keith until he died. They disposed of the body in a lake but had trouble drawing in customers to the motel due to its reputation.

After killing his mother in a murder-suicide attempt, a surviving Norman began running the motel on his own, whilst living under the delusion Norma was still alive through his split personality "Mother". Following his death in the series finale at the hands of Dylan Massett, the property was sold to another family by Jiao.

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The motel has 12 rooms, which form an L shape. Outside, there is a parking area and a large "Bates Motel" sign, which tells passing drivers if there are any available vacancies. On a hill behind the motel, there is the Bates family house.


  • The Bates Motel was located in Fairvale, California in the novel as well as the film.
  • In the novel and film, Norma's boyfriend taught her how to build the motel.
  • In the final season episode Dreams Die First, the motel is shown to be a 2-star establishment.


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