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White Sands Motel
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Alamogordo
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“Great Find”
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

This motel was very clean and neat. Great with my two daughters since they found me a remote room without neighbors so we could be louder if wanted. They also had sleds to borrow for sledding down the dunes - saved our family almost $50. Two thumbs up!!!

Stayed July 2014
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Stay not just for the cool retro sign and vintage motel feel. The owners keep the place clean and comfortable. Breakfast is simple but filling and the rooms comfortable. There are probably places with better breakfasts and fancier rooms but for the price, it's a good stop.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Friendswood, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

This motel was a great find. It appeared a little bit on the older side but the rooms were very clean and comfortable. The motel clerk was very courteous and helpful. She offered to let us borrow their sleds for our trip to White Sands National Monument so we didn't have to buy them, even after we had checked out. We will be staying here again on our next trip to White Sands NM.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

First impressions are everything, or at least almost everything.

After driving 2 hours through construction in 103 degree heat we looked forward to getting out of the sun and giving the engine a rest. Pulling into the White Sands Motel, we had to park out from under the inviting roof outside the office - apparently another guest was checking in. So we parked in the sun leaving the engine running. Entering the office, I saw no other guest. Hmmm.

Later, I saw that the car, a white Volvo, was actually the owners' beloved vehicle and they don't want to park it in the sun. OK, it's their motel and they can do whatever they want. But nothing says "welcome" like parking in the way of paying guests (sarcasm). Get a car cover.

The room itself was quite adequate. We rented one of the family rooms which could accommodate our 6 people without needing to rent 2 rooms, and thus was a little less in cost than renting 2 rooms.

The arrangement was 2 rooms connected by a short hallway with the bathroom off to the side. The first room had one bed, the 2nd had 2. The AC worked great, which was very welcome. There was no door between the 2 rooms, which would have been nice but its absence was not a big deal.

How long has it been since you had a motel bathroom with a window! This was a welcome feature, making the motel feel a bit more like home. (This small window in the shower area (no bath tub) looked out on a road with an industrial site on the other side, but the road was not heavily traveled.) Everyone noticed a foul smell in the bathroom, which turned out to be a bath mat hanging in the shower. It was not dirty, just smelly.

The beds were fine, and we slept well. The 0ne bed in the first room is directly under a fairly noisy AC unit, but I can accept some extra noise as a price for staying cool.

Breakfast was truly Continental, nothing hot but coffee, but there was a decent selection. Since the office area is small, they strongly encourage (essentially insist) you to take the food to your room which is fine with me. They provide trays to make this easier.

Overall, this is a choice you won't regret, but it could be a little better. It's a nice little older motel that has been well maintained. Great neon sign! If you like a retro experience, this is for you. If you have to have new or like new, there are other choices.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Manhattan, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Everyone should visit the White Sands National Monument, and everyone who does should stay at the White Sands motel. In many ways it is a trip back in time to those independent motels that dotted the land in the 60s when every family that could took a road trip. The motel is from that time, but it is perfectly maintained. Reserve a room by phone (great rates, better than Motel 6) and get an actual key when you check in. The room is clean, the beds are comfortable, the furniture and TV look new. The people who manage this property put a lot of thought into every detail, down to the hygienic TV remote. The room layout and style is what speaks of its past. The bathroom is small but the tile looks new. I do not write many reviews, but this motel deserves a rave. It really adds to the vacation experience when visiting the National monument. I don't think I have seen a motel managed with as much forethought and care.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2014

three of us drove down in early may from albuquerque for full moon night walk at white sands. nothing fancy but this this mom-n-pop motel was clean, comfortable, with three very good beds and a nice little breakfast in the lobby. owners welcomed us warmly and let us use these plastic discs to "sled" down the dunes which was fun. one of us was skeptical about not staying in a reliable chain motel - she was totally won over!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Dallas
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

You can feel free to bypass all the other hotels and stop here. Very good service and very nice grounds, rooms. The beds, pillows are better then most 4/5 star hotels I've stayed at. Older hotel that has been kept up to like new. Great value! Don't hesitate to stay here, you won't regret it.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Property: White Sands Motel
Address: 1101 S White Sands Blvd, Alamogordo, NM 88310-7251
Region: United States > New Mexico > Alamogordo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Alamogordo
#1 Romantic Hotel in Alamogordo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — White Sands Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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