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“Mixed experience” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wakpamni B&B

Wakpamni B&B
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Wakpamni B&B
Ranked #1 of 1 Batesland B&B and Inns
Meadow Vista, California, United States
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26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Mixed experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

The positives: the beds were very comfortable, the rooms clean, hot water for the shower seemed ample and the breakfast was delicious.
The negatives:
1. There was 4 people in our party, a couple and 2 singles. We made reservations for 2 rooms in the guest house (separate from the main house) months before our stay, one room having 1 queen and the other room having 2 twins; each room was apx. $80. When we call to confirm our late arrival the day we were to arrive we were told that there was a change in our reservation, that the 2 singles would be staying in the main house because another couple had requested a tipi stay but that the tipi had not been set up. The room with 2 twin beds would be used by the couple wanting the tipi and the 2 singles in our party would stay in the main house. Unfortunately, our party confirm that there would be no change to cost because of this switch. It turned out that the 2 singles were put in separate rooms and we were VERY rudely awakened with the cost of $75 EACH! An insufficient and angry retort was given when we objected to the price by pointing out that there should have been no additional cost to us since the switch was made at their behest, not ours.
2. The rooms in the main house are in the basement. We were hit with the smell of cat pee upon entering the basement, although the sleeping rooms themselves did not smell when the doors were closed.
3. The rooms in the basement flood when there is a rain storm. My advice, don't leave anything on the floor in the event of a rain storm.
4. You are joined at breakfast by the man of the house. Generally, I welcome the thought of eating with the proprietors; except, in this case, this gentleman overwhelmed the conversation by talking without ceasing.
5. There are 2 roads to the BnB, both dirt, an older road and a newer road. When there is a rain storm, it is better to go to-and-from using the new road which is graded with elevation so the rain runs off without adversely affecting the road. Had the proprietors mentioned this to us as we left, we would not have nearly gotten stuck, as did the guest that left before us, in one of the several virtual ponds and streams that formed on the old road because of the storm.

Room Tip: If you decide to stay after my complaints, my advice is to be very clear about your reservations, wh...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Michelle H
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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New Jersey
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2008

We have been staying at this B&B for years. The owners are pleasant outgoing knowledgable individuals. The location is beautiful. The rooms are clean and the breakfast is out of this world. Betty goes all out. Conversations with Larry what we look forward to year after year. Close by to powwow events and the sunsets are unmatched.

Best place to stay on the reservation. Don't pass it up. Also check out the onsite store with items made by the local people.

  • Liked — Hospitality
  • Disliked — Nothing - All Good
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 Thank leeleesnj
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Columbus Ohio
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45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2008

Have to say at first we were concerned because things seemed a little unkempt but the guest house was very nice, clean, and the antiques are beautiful.Breakfast was good, too but the best thing was, we were the only Americans there...there was a family from France, one from Italy, a couple from Sweden, a single woman from Austria, a single man from Germany. All were extremely interested in the American West, specifically native culture and it was fun to exchange viewpoints and knowledge and hear how others around the world view Americans. It is an isolated place which is just what we wanted. Never have I seen so many stars! Price was good and we would recommend it.

  • Liked — Meeting the other guests
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
8 Thank Maddiescout
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Brumunddal
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2007

I stayed here in both 2002 and 2006 - very nice base for exploring the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, and don't listen to those rumors - it's not dangerous to travel to the Rez.
I have been there twice and going again this year and the people there are warm and welcoming:) If you are genuine interested in their culture, then they are very inviting and eager to tell and show you around.
Go there with a open heart and a open mind:)

Now, the bed and breakfast is situated in the beautiful Batesland, and the setting is stunning!
The rooms are beautiful and cozy:) The breakfast is marvelous!
If you are afraid you wont have privacy, not to worry - they have a folks house that is seperated from the main house:)

This is a perfect place to go if you want to relax and get away from it all.


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Stayed July 2006
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8 Thank NicaVero
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Additional Information about Wakpamni B&B

Property: Wakpamni B&B
Address: Box 43 HC 64, Batesland, SD 57716-8717
Region: United States > South Dakota > Batesland
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Batesland
Number of rooms: 8

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