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Sands Motel
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Grants
Reviewed November 28, 2011

We stayed at the Sands not by choice but out of necessity because of car troubles. The rooms were shabby and the towels were yellow. As an extra bonus our room had some paranormal activity. I would not be shocked to see this place on Ghost Hunters very soon. If you don't mind any of these things then this is the place for you!!

  • Stayed: November 2011
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4  Thank CBGWH
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

We stayed one night after a long day's drive. Arrived about 11:30 and out the door around 8:00 to get back on the road. I have mixed emotions here. In no way, shape, or form is this place nice. Had we spent more time as guests, the approval would have declined even more because it was very uncomfortable. Old and worn is okay if it's clean and comfortable, but this place was neither. We were afraid to touch anything but non-porous surfaces. Luckily, there was a long counter and a table on which we could set our belongings. The refrigerator was an unexpected bonus, but our friend's had leftover beer in it. Even though I was really tired when we arrived, I tossed and turned the whole night. Don't know how much of that can be attributed to the condition of the bed or the condition of my mind.

The mixed emotions stem from our getting a lifetime of laughs remembering this place. The night before we were in Vegas and stayed at Paris. Upon check-in, we all roared at how far the mighty have fallen! What do you expect for $35 (total WITH tax) a night? The memories are priceless!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank meyerinc
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

We spent one night at this hotel and the managers were very helpful and gracious. They are foreigners, but they went out of the way to help. This is an old-timey motel that is only one story with outside entrances to all rooms. The room was not the greatest to look at, but it had a small refrigerator, microwave and television. Wifi was also free and available. There was a free continental breakfast in the morning. It was very reasonably priced at $43.00 for 4 people including tax.

Although it is old, it is in good repair. Personally we prefer this type of hotel to the newer ones that all the rooms open on to a common hall. It is much safer in case of a fire.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank conev
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Reviewed June 30, 2011

This room wasn't too pleasing to the eye, but serviceable. The price was really cheap, only $40 per a night and AAA discounts are available. As is such, the bathroom was pretty gross (giant crack fixed by adding a pile of white sealing putty that was yellowing, stains on shower curtain) and the dark hardly-even-carpet material probably hid a lot of dirt. Blanket had two or more cigarette burns, but the sheets were clean. Ice was plentiful, and small amount of breakfast (donuts, juice, coffee) were available in the lobby.

All in all, if you want to save money and don't mind these things, should be doable.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

From the outside and the inside this place looks like it is 60-70 years old. There is enough room to park a couple of trucks, but not a huge lot.

No issues with check-in, check-out was just dropping the key in the night box. Actual key, not a card.

The place is old, but in good repair. Repair. Some items had been repaired where more expensive places would have replaced the item. The WiFi worked good and the room had plenty of outlets.

But the basics were good, clean room, hot water, good bed, fridge worked. Because of the general age of this place and (and ones like it) I was surprised to find towels that were thicker than / thick as the ones at a Holiday Inn.

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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 21, 2011

I prefer the old fashion motor lodges to the new hotels with the inside hallways. Planning a visit to El Malpais NM we looked for a hotel in Grants. Getting off the 40 at exit 81 which brings you to old Route 66 and bygone glory.

This hotel is VERY reasonably priced, nice management, PET FRIENDLY, hi speed internet, and you can park you car in front of the door. The beds were very comfortable and the pillows were fluffy. The management was friendly and helpful.

Yes, the hotel is old, but that's also the charm. It's not a cookie cutter hotel, but a bit of history.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank Alexy
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

With an easy on/off of I40; close to good restaurants; reasonably priced; and quiet; this continues to be our choice when traveling between Dallas and the west coast.

While certainly not a 5-star hotel, the Sands Motel is very reasonably priced. If you're watching your budget and/or enjoy quaint motels with great history, this is a wonderful place to stay.

We always check out very early in the morning so the 24-hour McDonald's took care of our breakfast needs. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful. On our first trip the young lady helped us locate a great Mexican restaurant within walking distance of the motel.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank geegeenancy
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Address: 112 McArthur St, Grants, NM 87020-2409
Location: United States > New Mexico > Grants
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Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Grants
Price Range: $36 - $51 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sands Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 47
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