I agree. The photo posted is misrepresentation of this property... but I have images and will soon set things straight.
No doubt, these are some fairly Spartan digs. I am also sure there are other, more engaging and expensive lodging options in Raton. It would be hard to stay here with children... no pool... no place to play... no vending machines to speak of. There is very little for a kid to do here. However... because I often ride solo and tend to focus on budget lodging arrangements aimed toward motorcycle tourers, I can say the Oasis Motel in Raton, NM is not entirely without merit. After all... there is something to be said for a place peacefully devoid of children.
First, let me say the room was large and functioned as expected. It was in need of carpet and an upgrade but everything was clean and worked. There is plenty of "at grade" parking at the door. There are various places one could find to string a clothesline to dry gear. The exterior doors had screens. Somewhat odd in a motel property but also decidedly indicative of how cool evenings in Raton can be.
It appeared I had what would have been a double, except there was only one queen bed. So the room seemed overly large and empty. I will attest there are advantages here. If one were staging some sort of adventure into the wild... this would be a good rally point. Lots of room to spread out and sort through things. The AC was adequate, my room had a microwave and a mini-fridge, the flat screened CRT TV allowed for input from my portable DVD player. The free wi-fi was trouble free, strong and robust. Oddly, the evening and morning views from the rear windows were magnificent. The Oasis does NOT have a guest laundry.
It would be prudent to note here that this property is mostly about the on-site restaurant by the same name. The Oasis Restaurant is somewhat of a fixture in Raton and I would rate it well as far as value and service are concerned. A good standard road cafe, packed full of local people who are willing to chat. As the motel office is closed, one checks into the motel through the desk at the restaurant. Ice and most amenities are to be had through the desk at the restaurant. Any site based food or coffee is only available through the restaurant. This place is almost entirely about the restaurant.
There is fuel and well stocked grocery store within walking distance and easy, fast coffee and breakfast to be had along the interstate corridor. This place is not the Taj Mahal but functioned okay for my needs.
The Oasis isn't really a bad place. It;s just sort of... sparse... unrefined. A peaceful one night layover at best.