|Location:||White Pine Bay, Oregon|
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's currently owned and run by Norman Bates, who ended up becoming sole owner after killing his mother Norma. He resides 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.
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".
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.