See what our guests had to say about their stay at The Classic Desert Aire Hotel!
The pool is non existent! The room was decent except the bathtub could have been cleaner. Staff was friendly. Tip- if you’re going to White Sands Park they will... read more lend you sleds to use. I only stayed one night
June 8, 2023
The staff was wonderful, and the room felt very clean. It was obviously a very old facility, but it has been updated a bit. New bathroom fixtures, comfy bed. The... read more only real negative was that the shower would randomly run hot and cold so that I had to constantly adjust the temperature. If you have small kids they may need some help in the bathtub to avoid getting burned by straight hot water. But considering the low price and the spotlessly clean bathroom, it was worth it for me.
The pool was under construction for our stay, so if that's important to you maybe give a call ahead to see if it's open.
June 7, 2023
Room was clean and comfortable. Cute decor and breakfast was great. Staff were friendly and helpful. Good location, close to restaurants and stores. Nice gift shop too!... read more We would definitely stay there again!
June 2, 2023
4.7 great space well renovated. Great gift shop and breakfast. Mattresses could use some replacement but bathroom was great shower pressure. Don’t really feel like making any more comments to... read more get to the 200 word minimum but so thanks for a great affordable stay.
May 30, 2023
Older motel but still in good shape. Unfortunately the pool was under construction at the time we went. The bed was very comfortable. The free breakfast was very good. A... read more little noisy at night but not too bad.
May 29, 2023
The room was large and clean, just like the brochure. Kuddos to all the staff and cooks for morning breakfast, I had a huge complimentary breakfast burrito, I should have... read more taken a pic, but was too busy enjoying it. The towels are thick and large, toiletries plentiful.
Our only gripe was the room AC fan was not moving the air much into the room space. Highly recommended this place to friends. Close to everything and Cloudcroft.
May 21, 2023
Great rate. Big fluffy towels. Comfy bed. Made to order breakfast included with stay-photo of choices -at no additional charge. Would love to stay here again. Nice check in... read more Gift shop in lobby. Located near plenty of dining choices - walkable.
May 16, 2023
Always a nice place to stay in Alamogordo, NM. The breakfast is wonderful. The hotel has been there since the 50's. My family stayed there in the... read more 1960's since my dad worked the space program at White Sands.
May 10, 2023
Perfect for our needs. We stayed in one of the kitchenettes. The layout allowed for a roomy kitchen/living room area and separate bedroom/bathroom/closet. T. V. In both. It’s an older... read more motel, but it was nice not to be in a generic cookie cutter place. The kitchen supplies were on the lean side but adequate. Staff was very nice. The free breakfast was tough for us, but the coffee was good. Would stay here again.
May 8, 2023
Great place to stay for visiting white sand np. The front desk staff was very friendly and check in was smooth. Our room was very clean and spacious for the... read more price. Also a nice selection of free breakfast.
May 7, 2023
It was Excellent. The room was clean and very comfortable. All of the staff was friendly and helpful. In the morning I enjoyed a made... read more to order breakfast. It doesn't get any better than this and all for a very reasonable price.
May 6, 2023
Great place.. beautiful outside paint and one can see the care being put into this property..it is an older place..but room is very clean and roomy, the beds comfortable..the... read more check in Lady was super nice..the breakfast was excellent..it is made to order and can be taken out . which we did and took for picnic at white Sands has a nice little gift shop with it and close to restaurants.stores..etc..only negative was the pool was not open.
May 6, 2023
We were stranded in Alamagordo for the most part of a week when we stayed at the desert aire. We didn't know from day to day how long we... read more would be there. The staff was so welcoming and helpful. The room was comfortable and sufficiently airconditioned. The breakfast, offered daily, was great!!!! (ask for the mj bowl). This hotel is a locally owned business---no cookie cutters here---which I love to support. The location is also good---very central to all the eating establishments up and down the main drag, though the hotel remains very quiet and peaceful.
May 4, 2023
This hotel is a gem! I arrived late to visit White Sands National Park in the morning. The room was quiet and immaculate. The breakfast included fresh... read more scrambled eggs, toast and juice - all homemade! There is a Starbucks directly across the street:) The managers were exceptionally friendly. A great find!
April 28, 2023
We were visiting White Sands NP, and this motel was convenient. While the motel itself is dated, the rooms were very clean and we had everything we could need.... read more The bed was comfortable, the water pressure was great, and it was quiet — all in all a nice place to get a good night’s sleep. The staff members were very friendly and welcoming. I believe it is family-owned and operated, and it’s apparent that they all work hard and want people to have a positive experience. Breakfast is included, and it is cooked to order. Nothing too special, but enough to get you started for the day. The price was excellent. We would stay again if we travel that way!
April 3, 2023
Everything was very clean, bed was very comfortable, nice toiletries. There was coffee, a microwave, and a fridge in the room. The staff was excellent and the breakfast... read more was very good. Definitely a great hotel for the price.
April 2, 2023
The best part of my stay was the water pressure - it was phenomenal. They have done some renovations to the room I stayed in, but is still dated. However,... read more the room was very clean. There are not a lot of hotel choices in this town, and this place took dogs which was a plus!
April 1, 2023
The room was clean and everything worked, my room had a desk and chairs, refrigerator, ironing board & Iron, as well as a hair dryer. My only complaint is... read more the toilet paper is too thin. The front desk, staff that work there are pleasant and have smiles. Since I was alone the desk manager did not want to put me where there was little light, and I appreciated his concern that I could fall. There are plenty of eating places near by. I was there for three nights and like the later check out. They also have a lovely gift shop, and breakfast menu.
March 28, 2023
Stayed at Desert Aire while visiting White Sands. There aren't many options in the area, but we were very happy with this choice! The staff was very friendly and the... read more stay included a complimentary breakfast, which was actually a hot meal and not just fruit and granola (that hatch sauce is some of the best I've tasted!). We were traveling with pets and the motel setup was perfect, we could just open the door and take the dogs out. Our only complaint was that the rooms were a little noisy, we could hear our neighbor coughing through the wall at night. Otherwise the rooms were perfectly fine and clean and I would recommend staying here.
March 23, 2023
Loved the historic vibes, the super fluffy towels, and the unique décor. My husband especially enjoyed the great breakfast - so much delicious food, made to order, and it comes... read more with the room. Check-in was fast and friendly, plus they have a gift shop right there. Really enjoyed our stay and highly recommend!
March 15, 2023
Staff was extremely friendly and gave us all the information relevant to our stay, the White Sand National park we intended to visit before we even asked.
The free breakfast... read more was good and well organized.
Love the traditional decoration on the building. The luxuries bathroom towels was a nice touch.
March 12, 2023
First of all. Can we talk about the cute decor and theme. Made me feel at home. The luxury large towels and the comfy bed were perfect for helping me... read more recover from my long drive. Free and discounted upgraded breakfast
February 6, 2023
I came for the weekend with my dog. They welcomed us both! The room was on the small side, very comfortable bed! Bathroom was clean and the... read more towels are soft and fluffy - way better than even some high end hotel towels. The staff was very accommodating - they made a special breakfast for me and told me how to find the dog park in town. Beautiful murals on the outside walls, and a sweet gift shop. My new go-to place in Alamogordo!
February 6, 2023
My brother and I thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay at this very appropriately named and very pet friendly hotel. Booking, check-in, the room, breakfast, and check-out were all pleasant... read more experiences. The front desk is staffed until 1 am. We were getting in late anyway, and then we hit some snow on the way, so we called to touch base and Melanie was willing to wait however long it took us to get there. Check-in was quick and she even offered a treat for the pupper. The room was the usual size, maybe a little dated (they are curreny renovating,) but comfy nonetheless, and we slept well. Breakfast is made to order rather than the typical continental buffet. It was free with a voucher given to us at check-in, and our server was friendly and attentive. Check-out was quick and easy. The lobby doubles as a store with snacks and lots of souvenirs. It was so cute! It is close to the Space History Museum and White Sands National Park. We would definitely stay again!
January 26, 2023
This is a perfect roadside motel with a staff that was genuinely friendly and went above and beyond at every opportunity. I would stay here again and again. Delicious hot... read more breakfast was included...and don't forget to borrow sleds to take to White Sands so you don't have to pay for them there!
January 20, 2023
It was a relatively nice place with a lot of character. The room could’ve used some updates and a little TLC. It also could’ve been a little cleaner. The... read more staff were all very polite, professional and attentive. The breakfast that was included was nice as well.
January 18, 2023
Very nice place, with a breathtaking view and ideal for pets. My husband and I came with a cat and the room proved to be very comfy while also being... read more cat-proof. The parking situation was also perfect, which was crucial since we had a packed car
January 10, 2023
Great stay at this motel! Clean, friendly staff, and a GREAT breakfast! We got the burritos and tasty coffee. We got avocado in our burritos and wish we hadn’t but... read more it was otherwise wonderful! Took our burrito to go. Coffee was great too. OH AND they have free sled to borrow for White Sands NP!
December 30, 2022
While I wanted to really love this "classic" motel...it was more of a like. Pet friendly l..sortof..they threaten you with huge fees uf they find substantial dog hair. The rooms... read more are very poorly soundproofed. Adjoining room had folks talking and it was easily heard and very annoying. Traffic from the road is also very load and the heating unit in your room and others is heard. Free breakfast was very good...better than most. Rooms could use another upgrade soon. Gift shop in lobby is pretty awesome with mucho quality goods.
December 19, 2022
The room was clean, bathroom spotless, microwave and coffee, refrigerator and freezer. Staff were very friendly and plenty of amenities including free breakfast. It was a classic motel with easy... read more access to restaurants, White Sands National Monument and history museums.
November 26, 2022
The room was spacious, the ice machine was handy, the included breakfast was good, and it was a good location. You can upgrade your breakfast if you want to pay.... read more There is a sizeable giftshop. The best part was that they have sleds you can borrow for free to go sledding at White Sands National Park. This may be pretty common for any hotel in the area. The pool closed mid-October.
November 21, 2022
Girls trip to Alamogordo was a success and Desert Aire made it that much more satisfying! Staff was friendly and informative. Noise was minimal. Front desk lent us sleds for... read more the sand dunes so we didn't have to spend the extra money to buy one, THANK YOU!! And BREAKFAST......was amazing! Cooked to order and large seating area! I didn't want to leave! Thank you for a very accommodating stay and hope to return!
November 17, 2022
We spent three nights in a corner suite with a kitchen during October. The hotel is not new but the bed was comfortable, the bathroom and kitchen were good, and... read more everything was clean and working well. We had two TVs, complementary breakfast, and plenty of room to spread out. Because we were in an upstairs back corner, it was very quiet. The management was very friendly and helpful. Overall a great place to stay.
November 7, 2022
Front desk staff was helpful and friendly. The room was extremely clean and comfortable. I missed the breakfast in the morning, but I hope to catch it next time. All... read more staff I encountered was friendly and kind
October 28, 2022
I really enjoyed my stay here! Great customer service, nice rooms, much more decorative and more character than a chain. They also had free breakfast, which again is much... read more better than the fake breakfasts at Hilton and Marriotts. Lastly, if you’re going to White Sands they offer free rentals for sleds, which saves you about another $20 renting them at the Visitor Center. So if you’re looking to break it up from staying at normal chain hotels and want something with more character this is your spot!
October 17, 2022
I’d book again with them. I did like staying here. Yes,it’s a bit outdated but didn’t bother me. The guy at the front desk (I wish I got his name)... read more was SO kind and accommodating. I’d book again just because staff was kind. The only concern I had was the window in the bathroom didn’t have a lock and could be opened from the outside so I felt a bit uneasy and hope that gets addressed in the future- otherwise I did feel safe as a solo traveling female.
October 14, 2022
My father had booked a room for me & him to stay in with my two kids. This hotel had a 5 star hotel for what because those reviews are... read more not true. I give this hotel zero stars. When checking in the room loved very nice. Went to the bathroom there was mold by the tub the toilet seat was broken almost fell off, there was hair on the wall of the shower, we took off our socks & not a minute later our feet were black, the floors were so gross I couldn’t walk on them w out shoes on or slippers. The beds were very uncomfortable to lay on because the bed sunk in where our head was & our feet raised, they told me we got two queen beds but in fact they were not & they were double beds. This company is trying to rip people off. I worked in laundry department & also worked as a housekeeper & I would never leave a room that un cleaned.
October 9, 2022
Perfect place to hit White Sands from. It's 15 minutes up the road. Had a double queen room, and they were big queens too. Room had a fridge (a cold... read more one for a change), table to sit at and a bathroom sink separate from the shower making it easy for two people to get ready. We spent 2 nights here after hitting carlsbad caverns----an easy drive.
The pool was really clean and well tended to, and it's hot there in August! "Breakfast at Tiffany's "( she's the breakfast boss) was included and really good too. I encountered 3 different people at the desk during my stay, and they were all great. Some cool art/thrift stores in town if that's your thing. Not a lot of great dining options, but you can walk to many of them. Old school drive in burger place across the street is good. Wished we went to the upscale place nearest the hotel, but I didn't trust it. Wound up eating lunch at their sister restaurant in Santa fe and it was great---oh well. Everything closes early too, so be warned. Oh, they also have slider saucers to borrow for white sands.
Motel should clean off all the one review people on TA----it made me suspicious at first, but couldn't have been happier with my
Great old school sign too!
September 29, 2022
This place is really unique in its colorful Native American pictograph murals on the exterior walls and dining room. Work done by a local artist, Paul Vesey. The... read more rooms are clean and have an attractive southwestern vibe in carpets, bedcoverings and wall decor. Simple but well done decorating. Two levels of breakfast served. Gift shop on site.
September 28, 2022
I chose this hotel/motel because it looked less "cookie cutter" than the average. We were passing through & just needed a place to rest. First the good - the... read more young lady at the front desk was a delight (this review is from a stay 2+ months ago & I have forgotten her name). She was very nice and helpful. Similar experience with the gal who took care of me at breakfast. The way the outside & rooms reflected a Southwest vibe/decor was nice/cute but I must say the rooms were seriously outdated and kind of shabby (including a hole in the box spring). Most things just sort of looked old and worn. The lobby has a fun little gift shop as well as a variety of snacks & cold drinks. The breakfast was more than adequate.
September 14, 2022