My new wife and I recently made our way through the black hills and decided to have a 4 night stay at the Summer Creek Inn B&B. First off, let me tell you how fantastic this place is. Almost 4 years old, Daniel and Nancy built the house from scratch. Everything is brand new, high quality and luxurious. Our first impression was that the place was too fancy for a couple of young newlyweds like ourselves. That was somewhat true. The place is just gorgeous! The Summer Creek Inn is centrally located 20 minutes from most major attractions, just a few minutes further for everything else and Rapid City is just over 35 minutes away. The B&B is very reasonable in terms of room rates with the highest room rate under $200 a night. That is a deal if you see everything that the room has to offer.
There we're just a few things that I experienced that made me lower my rating to a 4/5. The breakfast is made and served by Daniel and Nancy every morning. The meals were very good and was some of the best tasting breakfast I have had. The downside is that the portions seem like they would be served for a small child. I am a pretty big guy and the last meal we had their was one slice of french toast and two eggs alongside a moderate sized whipped cream fruit desert. Breakfast is not included in the room rate. Breakfast is an extra $12 per person, per meal. So if your a bigger person, or if you like to be full after a meal, This breakfast will not suit your needs.
The Summer Creek Inn has a liquor license and the B&B will not let you keep alcohol inside any of their fridges. This wasn't a big deal for us, but being a young couple, we did bring our alcohol to the house thinking that we could use some fridge space. If you plan on bringing food for lunches or dinners be aware that you will be allowed to use the 'community' fridge. Just be cautious, the fridge is about the size of a dorm room fridge. Another thing that I noticed was after our second night the thermostat outside our room was locked. I had tried to reduce the temp in our room from 85 degrees to about 75 degrees. I did that both nights because it was too warm for our comfort. Then the third night the thermostat was locked. The room description says that you will have access to robes and high speed internet. Our time at the B&B, I did not see robes at all, and the wifi was not high speed. The inn keepers said that the internet was through their satellite company, but not high speed, it seemed like it was a dial up connection. This was a real downer for us, not only because of checking emails and things, but we're foreign to the black hills and know nothing about it. We had very limited access to look for things to do or getting directions to the areas we wanted to go. So plan ahead, and don't rely on having an internet connection.
All in all our stay at the Summer Creek Inn was very good and very fair. The few downers were unable to overcome how nice and beautiful the house is and how nice the inn keepers were. If we ever come through the black hills again, we will be staying at the Summer Creek Inn again. It was a good fit for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Treat your senses with a luxurious stay at Summer Creek Inn. Centrally located in the heart of the Black Hills of SD. Just minutes from Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse memorial and all the major attractions and activities in the Black Hills. Uniquely designed with unexpected comforts, the Inn is perfect for weddings, class reunions, corporate retreat or that perfect vacation. Enjoy gourmet breakfast, in-room fireplaces, private whirlpools, hot tubs, theater, or relax by the waterfall with a glass of wine at Rapid City's #1 Bed and Breakfast in the region. ... more less
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