When talking about The Bates Motel, people often get the image of being stabbed to death in the shower by Norman Bates. However, we are not talking about The Bates Motel from the movie Psycho, but the real Bates Motel in Coeur d’ Alene in Idaho. According to guests and employees of the motel, there is constant ghostly activity there. However, most of the ghostly activity is in rooms 1 and 3.  Many guests continue to get creepy feelings in rooms 1 and 3, which include being watched, sudden cold sensations, strange noises and the like. They have also reported lights flickering on and off by themselves; ashtrays falling off the table and items changing positions by themselves without anybody touching them.


The Bates Motel in Idaho started out as a barracks for officers before and after World War II. After the war, the property was sold and was turned into a motel, The Roadway Inn. After quite some years, it was purchased by Mr. Randy Bates, a prominent accountant in the local area. It was renamed The Bates Motel even before the movie psycho was released. The release of the movie actually helped the hotel get more visitors. However, there were also lots of people who made prank calls to the hotel.

It is rumored that the author of Psycho, Robert Bloch, stayed in the hotel in the 1950s. Sometime in the 80s, a movie was also filmed in the motel. The movie’s production crew put up the now-famous sign and left it when production wrapped up. Today, the Bates Motel is a budget motel in Coeur d’ Alene with a rich history, both in fiction and fact.


The Bates Motel is located at 2018 Sherman Avenue in Coeur d’ Alene and offers guests 13 rooms and a manager’s unit. All of the rooms are non-smoking. The motel is also currently for sale (as of 15/08/2012).


  • Wireless internet connection
  • Cable television
  • Air-conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free local calls
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

Things to Do

Coeur d’Alene is a place that offers families and individuals a wide range of activities for their enjoyment. There are monthly events such as the Art Walk feature and many more helps make sure that there are no dull moments. For those who enjoy water sports, Lake Coeur d’ Alene Cruises Inc, Just Add Water Sports, Wiley E. Waters, and Brooks Seaplane Service offers a wide range of options. Shoppers of all ages and interests will find many opportunities in Coeur d’Alene.

There are over 125 retail shops located downtown. There is also a mall that hosts some of the biggest brands in the nation such as JC Penney’s, Sears and Macy’s. Regardless whichever direction your tastes lean forwards, you will find a lot of delightful choices in Coeur d ‘Alene. Some of the staples to try are the Idaho potato pizza, Northwest Salmon, Priest River buffalo steak and huckleberry pancakes. There is also a wide selection of world-renowned wine cellar. People who would like to spend their time skiing can also go to Silver Mountain Resort and spend their day enjoying Mother Nature and the outdoors.

Room Tariffs

Rooms start at $49