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“I'd Rather sleep in a garbage truck”

Western Thrifty Inn
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Western Thrifty Inn
Ranked #47 of 51 Hotels in Rapid City
Connecticut
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“I'd Rather sleep in a garbage truck”
Reviewed 4 July 2013

I stupidy booked 2 rooms on another website without reading the reviews, When we got there we had to call for someone to come to the Office that was a 3X3 Foot room filled with new toilet seats and other items. We signed several pieces of paper promising to keep the rooms clean and not smoke in the rooms etc. Once that was done the manager left and we went to the rooms and discovered they were TERRIBLE - One stunk of sewage like the toilet had backed up, everything was discusting. Dirty and worn. The linens in the other room had stains, the heater was totally uncovered and the room was a dump. We immediately went back and re called the manager who REFUSED to come check out the problems and told us he couldn't do anything about the room conditions and if we didn't like it to leave the keys in the room and depart. There were several people on the other side, in rooms smoking and drinking in and outside with kids running around playing tag ( AT 10 P.M. ) making noise. THIS PLACE SHOULDN'T EVEN BE LISTED ON ANY WEBSITE for rooms.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

We stayed here while traveling cross country because we were very interested in seeing Mount Rushmore and the surrounding national parks. The Western Thrifty has a great location between the many attractions this area has to offer. Additionally, it has an incredible price and the rooms provide refrigerators and microwaves. It's also now under new ownership who seems interested in improving the place.

However, this is what you expect when you hear the words Western Thrifty. When the price is dirt cheap, expect dirt. The TV in our room only has one channel. The TV Guide Channel. The staff is nice, but somewhat unavailable. The area isn't awful but I wouldn't walk around alone at night. There's no maid service.

I think you'll enjoy this place if you're looking to save money and be able to see amazing attractions.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Reviewed 16 July 2011

Rates are inflated in Rapid City over July 4th and we couldn’t find any reviews of this motel so booked it solely on the claim that it had been recently re-done. Carpet, paint, tile and bedding was new but the furniture was trash. Dirtiest upholstered desk chair I have ever seen in my life!! Beds comfortable but the room had a stale smoke smell. The bathroom was tiny and the tile floor was sticky/dirty. At night the bugs were attracted to the light over the door so when we returned, the bugs entered the room with us. For internet we connected to Wendy's across the street as it was a stronger signal than what the motel had. No ice machine! The phone was from an old Holiday Inn with that info rather than the address or phone of the Western Thrifty. In the morning no one was in the office and the "24 hour phone contact" didn't answer. We departed at 7:45am still finding no employee around. We stayed 2 nts and didn't get maid service. Fortunately we returned early enough in the evening to ask for clean towels. Trash pickup was 5:45am Tuesday morning and LOUD! We do not recommend this motel.

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Reviewed 3 July 2011

All accommodations in the Rapid City area are inflated in price -- supply & demand. But this place isn't worth a fraction of the $80 it cost to stay here. Shockingly bad! The best I can say is they made some effort to at least get our tv to work!

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Property: Western Thrifty Inn
Address: 621 E North St, Rapid City, SD 57701-1645
Region: United States > South Dakota > Rapid City
Amenities:
Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #47 of 51 Hotels in Rapid City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:1 star — Western Thrifty Inn 1*
Number of rooms: 14
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