The Seafairer Motel was built in the 1950s by Keith Summers' 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.
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.