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“Old as the Caverns”
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Rodeway Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Whites City
austin, TX
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108 reviews
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“Old as the Caverns”
Reviewed August 22, 2011

There are no new or remodeled hotels in White City. Keeping in mind you are just 4 miles from the Visitor Center at Carlsbad Caverns, you would cut some slack. But the property is old, and in need of some major maintenance.

But the rooms are clean, and very basic. The bedding is sub-par.

If you want to be really really close to the Park, this is a basic place. If you want something newer, with food options, you would be much better off 20 miles away in the City of Carlsbad.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

The hotel is very close to the Carlsbad park entrance. It is basic, large room, clean enough, nothing fancy, no fridge or mkcrowave. Manager did offer to give access to office microwave.

Breakfast was only juice, weak coffee, and 3 flavors Otis Spunklemeyer muffins. Coffee in room was okay, however.

The best thing according to my 9 year old was the pool, two giant water slides, and kiddie water feature with a pirate ship with slides. You dont expect this at a small ordinary spot.

Nearby restaurant, the only thing in town, not cheap but very good. (Hamburger with fries $10, but large and tastey. Fried foods like shrimp and chicken were non greasy, perfectly cooked.) Service was friendly.


  • Stayed August 2011
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Tulsa, OK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2011

Room was small, outdated and the front desk night person was terrible. The ice machine didn't work, beds were hard and the price did not match the facilities. I would have rather driven into Carlsbad for that much money. It was nice to have the miniature water park.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Reviewed July 9, 2011

Rooms were very large with high ceilings on the second floor. Clean and safe environment. So glad we didn't stay as far as the town of Carlsbad for a fancy hotel. The small water park made this little stop-over a perfect place to see the bats leave the cavern in the evening and then explore caverns in the morning. The food at Carlsbad excellent. Food at the only restaurant in Whites City...not so much! Definitely try the local made Cherry Cider at the store in Whites City.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

I hiked with some friends to Guadalupe Peak and decided to stay again at the Rodeway Inn. This is the second trip this year that I stayed at the Rodeway Inn in White's City, New Mexico. While it is not a 5-star hotel, my room was clean, spacious and comfortable. I do not bother eating their so-called continental breakfast, which is composed of a wrapped pastry and juice. The hugh advantage of the Rodeway Inn is that it is the closest hotel to the Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. I will definitely stay there again.

Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 15, 2011

We stayed here With our family of 6 + our dog. We got connecting rooms and it was sufficient for our needs. We were at perfect distance from the park entrance (7 miles) and would've enjoyed it if we were not evacuated for a wildfire brewing a bout a mile away from the caverns. We decided to hightail it out of there at first light and lucky enough we left just in time. I read in the news later on that the town of whites city was evacuated and the main road close due to the incident. Either way don't stay here if your looking for luxury accommodations, gourmet restaurants or anything of that sort... This place is clean and functional. This hotel is the closest to the Carlsbad caverns national park entrance! ...and that you can't beat :)

  • Stayed June 2011
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed June 1, 2011

This is the only motel in Whites City that is only 7 miles outside the park. Everything else is 20 miles away in Carlsbad. This worked great for us because we got in late but were able to catch the bat flight and as tired as we were after driving from San Antonio didn't have a long drive back to our hotel.

The rooms were clean, had bare minimum amenities. No fridge, no microwave. Beds were not terribly uncomfortable. Kind of springy. Other than that we had no issues. The walls are pretty thin so in the morning we could hear our neighbors talking. I would spend ONE night here to see the park, but probably no more than that. The little water park was pretty neat, would probably entertain your kids for hours. And it was sparkling clean in the pool and water park area. It is a little pricey for what they offer, but with no competition I guess you can charge what you want.

When we checked in we were told that the "continental breakfast" is just packaged muffins and juice. We didn't even bother looking at it.

White City itself....SUCKS. They don't sell beer anywhere lol. And the one restaurant is EXTREMELY limited. Everyone is really nice and helpful though. It's just a weird little abandoned town.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Rodeway Inn
Address: 6 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy., Whites City, NM 88268
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Location: United States > New Mexico > Whites City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Whites City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Rodeway Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Rodeway Inn White's City, NM is under new ownership as of September 2009. The Rodeway Inn is the closest accommodations to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We offer a complimentary breakfast to help you get a fresh start on your exploration of the Carlsbad Caverns. The Rodeway has newly remodeled bathrooms and wheelchair access. The Rodeway also partners with Walnut Canyon Water Park to allow visitors a special discount on admission. The Rodeway is also walking distance from: the Cactus Cafe, White's City Grocery, White's City Arcade, USPS Post Office, and White's City Gift Shop. Within only minutes of driving are notable hiking trails, park and recreation areas, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor's Center. We take pride in helping enhance your Carlsbad Caverns adventure! ... more   less 
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