I was doing a one-way roadtrip between Ventura County in California and Houston, Texas to deliver my daughter and a car to college. Las Cruces is almost exactly at the halfway mark, so we could do this in a two day trip. The last time I had done this same roadtrip, I had stayed in El Paso, which turned out to have one of the highest hotel tax rates I've ever seen. I picked Las Cruces for its slightly lower hotel tax rates, which are still over 12% or more total (I forget the exact number).
Of the Las Cruces hotels, I picked the Best Western Mission Inn because it was one of the cheapest hotels listed (AAA gave a price of $72.89) that still had decent online reviews.
The first thing I noticed as we drove into town was that all of the hotels in Las Cruces are fairly small and old looking. I think they must have all been refurbished at one time or another.
There is a railroad that runs along the Main Street of Las Cruces, and so all of the hotels located on Main Street, like this one, will feel the effects of the train coming by.
I had read something about the train being a problem in one of the reviews, but chose to ignore it. When I got there and I saw how the tracks were right across the street, I was more concerned and asked the clerk for a room in the back, and he was able to accommodate us, as we were coming in on a light weekday with no big local events going on.
At around 8 PM, when we sat down for dinner at the hotel restaurant (located at the front of the hotel near the check-in desk), this train came by and blew its whistle. The whistle was loud enough to almost make me jump out of my seat. I didn't hear any more trains that night, fortunately. However, I am not sure what the local train schedule is or whether the train operators have any noise rules about coming through town in the middle of the night. Staying in the back part of the hotel is probably not enough to avoid hearing that train whistle.
So if you are concerned about this train issue, and you are planning to stay in any of the hotels on Main Street in Las Cruces, you need to check with those hotels about this potential problem.
The hotel restaurant got rave reviews from several reviewers, but was only decent, not as good as a chain restaurant like Denny's or Applebees. Several reviews mentioned the $4.95 breakfast chit that comes with the hotel room rate and this was enough to get you a good hot breakfast of the eggs/omlet and hash brown and sausage/bacon variety. My scrambled eggs came with a few chips of egg shells thrown in for authenticity. Oh well, the calcium is good for you.
The rooms were clean and good sized. Some reviews have mentioned that other hotels in the area had smaller rooms, and so this is a plus for this hotel.
The beds were nice and clean and comfortable (we got two queen sized beds), the air conditioning worked, the TV had a few cable channels on it, and there is Internet access at the front-desk area (and supposedly in the rooms also, although we did not have a computer with us to check).
Many reviews have mentioned that this is an older hotel. I wasn't exactly sure what this meant, since it seemed like all of the Las Cruces hotels must have been refurbished at one time or another.
This hotel has obviously been refurbished also, but where its age shows up is mainly in the bathroom. The commode is the older and smaller round style (American butts have gotten much larger these days, and almost all new housing and hotels now come with the larger oval bowls and seats) and so is the sink, which is the older small round style. The bathroom in general is small, and has no fan for venting, only a window. The bathtub and shower curtains were nicely done over, though.
Overall, this was a decent stay for one night, reasonable for the price. I think I might go nuts if I had to stay in this hotel for longer, but I'm not sure that there's anything better in Las Cruces for this price.
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- Best Western Las Cruces
- Las Cruces Best Western
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