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Lodge at Palmer Gulch
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Hill City
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Not Great, Just OK”
Reviewed 3 July 2008

Several friends traveling together and one selected this lodge for our stay in Hill City (also has a KOA campground on premises). Our rate was $140+ per night which in my opinion was not a good value, it was more like an under $100/night motel. Rooms were clean, rooms facing the rear have balconies, front facing rooms do not, continental breakfast OK but no fresh fruit, breakfast room large & nice, lodge is convenient to Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park. Because of the campground there is a nice camp store on premises, fairly reasonable prices. On site restaurant OK. They have a shuttle to Rushmore but we didn't use it. Lodge lobby has coffee, tea, hot chocolate available most of the time and staff is nice.

  • Liked — Location to activities and room fairly nice
  • Disliked — Price (too high)
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 May 2008

I say "above average" because of the location. Yes a campground is within view, but so is a forrest- the campground is a distance away and did not bother me. Plus you get the relaxing campfire smoke wafting on a breeze without having to wake up outside on the ground in a damp sleeping bag or in a wobbly pop up camper or a portable living room 5th wheel trailer. We had a porch just off our room (most rooms do) and it was very relaxing to sip a beer on the porch in the sunset after a day of hiking the hills. Very quiet, you can hear the sounds of birds and the breezes passing through the pines. I highly recommend for family who wants an escape from camping, but still wants to enjoy the outdoors when they are awake.

  • Liked — The wooded and quiet location
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lodge at Palmer Gulch
Address: 12620 Highway 244, Hill City, SD 57745-8902
Region: United States > South Dakota > Hill City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 12 Hotels in Hill City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Lodge at Palmer Gulch 2*
Number of rooms: 62
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether exploring the spectacular views of Mount Rushmore National Park, hiking through Custer State Park, climbing Harney Peak, or enjoying the day at Sylvan Lake, the Lodge at Palmer Gulch mixes the adventure and relaxation of the outdoors with the convenience of resort style accommodations:∙ 62 lodge rooms∙ 20 full-service private cabins∙ 10 row cabin duplex rooms∙ 6 executive lodges∙ 3 meeting facilities. We also offer fine dining, shopping, and family friendly itineraries! ... more   less 
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