See what our guests had to say about their stay at The Classic Desert Aire Hotel!
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
Stayed 1 night wasn’t sure what we were getting into. I checked the reviews first and they were favourable. The rooms are old but service and cleanliness was great
... read more /> The pool was relaxing, staff were always willing to help and had time for any question.
Sleds for the dunes experience were free and loaned out at the hotel and to make that experience successful we were told what we needed to bring so we are not caught off guard. Breakfast was good and staff were so kind
August 10, 2022
Cute hotel, Native American vibez all around. Beautiful mountains in the back.
Pet friendly. Amazing breakfast in the morning.
Also close to a few restaurants as well.
... read more /> All the Staff were super nice and helpful.
10/10 would stay here again.
August 4, 2022
The reception team was very welcoming, friendly, and professional. The lobby/gift shop area had a nice variety of traditional items (jewelry, woven goods, handbags, etc). The room was... read more spacious and clean. Convenient location for visiting White Sands National Monument. Overall excellent hotel - would definitely stay there again.
July 21, 2022
We stayed here for 2 nights at the beginning of July - during which I proposed to my girlfriend at White Sands National Park. Before arrival I had contacted the... read more hotel to arrange a delivery of a ring box and I have to say the staff (a HUGE shout out to Jesse for saving the day) were PHENOMENAL! From start to finish they are a class act, so very helpful and informative. They helped make our special day even more special, and for that I will be eternally grateful. The hotel has a lovely south western vibe with artwork and beautiful gift shop. The pool is great too, and its location couldn't be any better for travel to White Sands. Brilliant all round! More
July 16, 2022
Gorgeous mural art/custom paint on hotel. Very friendly check-in. Happy they allow our well traveled cats. Kids loved the breakfast! Rooms could use some updates but the linens/towels were clean.... read more Easy access to White Sands NP - the sunset that night was unreal!!
July 7, 2022
This was a really nice roadside motel. The folks at the front desk were very welcoming. The room was super clean and had everything I needed. In addition, it was... read more a nice value, plus you get a real breakfast included in the price. I would stay again if I was in the area and would recommend it to others.
July 7, 2022
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast they provide in the morning is amazing. The gift shop at the front has amazing small trinket items as well as... read more large. The pool was very clean and the staff that cleaned the room were very polite and social. They allow pets which was really nice since my granddaughter has an ESA nimal.
July 2, 2022
This was such a pleasant surprise.
Staff was awesome, very friendly and helpful.
Room was great! Clean, spacious and reasonably priced.
Pool was refreshing.
Breakfast at the cafe was DELICIOUS!
... read more /> We had the biscuits and gravy and the burrito.
July 1, 2022
The accommodations were great! Very clean and nice. The staff was very kind and helpful! They were there anytime to help with anything. My daughter needed milk at bedtime (I... read more forgot ) and they were happy to fill her cup for her. 100% recommend for anyone looking for a nice, friendly, comfy, clean, restful, kid/pet friendly hotel.
June 30, 2022
Great motel with a vintage feel. We ended up needing a pet friendly motel unexpectedly and we couldn't be happier with our stay at the Desert Aire. The... read more rooms are well kept and clean. The pool was wonderful and my daughter loved that. Breakfast was great! There were plenty of places to walk our fur baby! The best part were the people... each and every one were friendly and welcoming of us and our dog. We will stay here again when we are in the area.
June 29, 2022
We chose to stay in Almagordo for a few days to visit White Sands NP. The staff was welcoming and informative for the area. Breakfast was included and made to... read more order - super friendly cook. We also took advantage of the laundry room. Our room had a fully equipped kitchen, sitting room and bedroom. Ideal.
June 22, 2022
Staying at the Desert Aire Hotel was like returning to the past. It reminded my husband and me of the motor courts we. stayed in with our parents during... read more the 50’s and 60’s.
The hotel isn’t fancy, but is well-maintained and within walking distance to
local restaurants. We had a ground floor room and were able to park right outside our door, which made unpacking easy.
The room itself was clean and adequate. The bed was comfortable. The breakfast was OK.
If you’re looking for a clean, inexpensive hotel in Alamogordo, this is it.
June 4, 2022
Stopped here after our tent broke while visiting white sands, low prices caught my eye but the awesome free breakfast, free sleds(for white sands), awesome staff and great atmosphere made... read more me stay. Definitely recommend for anyone in the area, especially if you need a cool shower, a hot meal, and a comfy bed after a day in the sun and the sand
June 1, 2022
We travel with two small dogs and finding pet-friendly hotels can be a challenge. We have stayed at this hotel before - the last time was 2 years ago when... read more it was still a Magnuson hotel. They welcome pets and there's never a hassle. We got the king room this time and the bed was comfy, the room was spacious and everything was very clean. Nice amenities and the place was very quiet. The breakfast has improved a lot since the COVID protocols are gone - we could actually sit down and enjoy the food. speaking of which: The biscuits and gravy are the bomb! Love the gift shop as well. Friendly and helpful staff make the stay that much more enjoyable. The only downside is that the pool was closed. i have to say that the improvements since severing ties with Magnuson are well appreciated.
May 23, 2022
We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. The staff was great to work with and were very accommodating. We do wish the pool would have been open and that we... read more had the 2nd ac unit working properly in our junior suite but it was still a good place to stay. We loved the junior suite and the living room/bedroom combo. I would have rather had a key to walk into my living room instead of letting everyone into the bedroom area but that is personal preference there. Beds were comfy, and the food for the breakfast was always good. More
May 19, 2022
We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. The staff was great to work with and were very accommodating. We do wish the pool would have been open and that we... read more had the 2nd ac unit working properly in our junior suite but it was still a good place to stay. We loved the junior suite and the living room/bedroom combo. I would have rather had a key to walk into my living room instead of letting everyone into the bedroom area but that is personal preference there. Beds were comfy, and the food for the breakfast was always good.
May 19, 2022
Pleasing appearance, lovely Southwest murals all over, gift shop, free hot breakfast ( great bkfst burrito), helpful, friendly front -office staff, AND most importantly: clean, comfortable, roomy sleeping and... read more bath area, nice big frig/ freezer, Tiled flooring, working ice and laundry area with fitness room, gift shop, good value too, they matched our booking.com price for wed/fri stay of $81.
Can't beat it. Liked Alamagorda so much we stayed a second night. Eat at Lescombes!
May 13, 2022
It's a nice motel just 15 minutes away (by car) from the White Sands NP visitor center. The staff (Front desk and breakfast room) was very friendly.
The room had... read more a lot of space, it was clean and the bed comfortable.
May 10, 2022
When I first drove up, I was surprised by the quaint old-fashioned type of look; very 50's kitchy painted motifs. Inside is a very nice, large gift shop with a... read more lot of Native and Mexican items. Check in was quick and friendly. The restaurant opens at 630am and you get a voucher for a free breakfast from one side of the menu, or can pay a little extra for more.
My room was comfortable though small, it was all I needed with a fridge and microwave. Can't brag about the coffee, but not sure I've ever had good hotel coffee.
I stayed for over a week and have no complaints. If you're ever in Alamogordo NM and want to support
a family run business, this might be for you.
May 7, 2022
The housekeeping staff did a great job preparing our room, and nice it was on the first floor, as my knee has gone bad and there was no elevator. Location... read more is good, and not too noisy as it is on the main drag, so close to restaurants, Walmart etc.
The negatives were the breakfast. Really not good. The waitress was so sweet and helpful, but the food lacked any taste. The other was the pool, not filled. We were told that due to it being 9 feet deep, they couldn't fill it. Front desk woman, kinda small lady, can't remember her name, was very nice. I had to go over for soap, as the one bar they gave us was too small to actually use. This was the priciest of all the hotels on our trip.
May 3, 2022
Check in was quick and easy. Monica was very professional and friendly. Room and hotel is a bit dated but still clean and has helpful employees.
I will return... read more when traveling through. Blah blah blah blah blah blah does that meet 200 or 300 carácters. Or do I still need more? Huh?
April 16, 2022
First time staying in New Mexico & this by far is the best place to stay at in Alamogordo. I stayed here for 2 wks & LOVED it! All the... read more staff are very friendly, they greet you anytime they see you! Jesse & Dawn are AWESOME, they both are very kind & welcoming & make you feel like family. I had a chance to talk with 1 of the owners Nate & he's just as amazing, alot of times you don't get 2 interact with them but he likes to talk with you & get your opinions on things!!! The staff are very hard working & keep the place looking wonderful!!!
The hotel has beautiful art work around the whole place!! The rms are newly renovated with new comfy beds!! Nice tv, nice shower, and most of all the wifi actually works great!! They are still working on making the building look even more beautiful with new art work & new paint.
Breakfast is amazing. The breakfast burritos are really good!! They cook your food for you & they call you 2 go pick it up & take back to your rm.
Diffently will be staying here again when I'm back visiting!!! More
June 5, 2021
It served its purpose. We needed a place to stay for the White Sands trip and they were accommodating and even offered sleds for free. The breakfast option... read more was nice and efficient as well. They have free coffee.
June 5, 2021