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“Great Stay (Clean and Comfortable)”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Lazy "U" Motel

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Lazy "U" Motel
Ranked #20 of 51 Hotels in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence
Indianapolis, IN
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46 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great Stay (Clean and Comfortable)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stayed at Lazy U Motel for three nights in late July. The check in experience was quite easy and the staff was fantastic. Receptionist provided very needed maps and recommendation of the area restaurants. The hotel is very friendly to motorcycle riders and also provided an area we could clean our bikes.
The room was very clean and the bathroom we found to be spotless. I really thought the colored towels in the bathroom for cleaning very dirty items was quite clever. I used it each day to help keep the extremely white bath towels clean.
Our room had two queen beds that were comfortable with a couple of options for pillows. The décor was good and provided everything we need in our stay, small frig and microwave. We would leave around 9 am, and return around 8 PM. Rooms were cleaned and air conditioning running to keep things enjoyable on our return.
My stay was fantastic, my only recommendation to the hotel would be to provide a small bottle of shampoo for the guest. However, I bring my own just in case so I would not allow this to stop me from staying here again.
At any value, this was a great place to stay, location was good, cost was fair, and the service outstanding.

Room Tip: Hotel is L shaped and we stayed 3 rooms from the office, no noise from other guests or traffic from...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Cindy B, Owner at Lazy "U" Motel, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Thanks for your review, especially regarding the colored linens. We took the idea from another mom and pop a few years past. We didn't like putting stained towels in the rooms, nor did we like tossing a perfectly good towel just because of a blemish. As for the shampoo, we do keep some in the office if someone does not bring their own, but decided against them in the room as a way to keep the cost of the rooms down. Thanks for your kind words. :)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at the Lazy U Motel. From the time I booked our stay, I was looking forward to staying there. Cindy had lots of helpful tips on the phone, and Verlyn helped us plan our days each morning when we were there. The coffee and donuts in the morning are a great start to the day.

Location is great! We were able to walk to Safeway to get a few groceries (snacks, drinks, etc). Close to many attractions: Fort Hays, Reptile Gardens, Bear Country USA, etc.

We stayed in a room with one double bed. These rooms are a bit smaller, but plenty of room for my husband and I. Everything we needed was there (fridge, tv, great wifi).

Walls are very thick, so there is no noise from the other rooms.

The only issue we had was the other guests who got up very early (5:30am), sat in front of our room, and chatted. Since the doors are not soundproof, we could hear these conversations clearly and it made it very difficult to sleep. At one point, someone was even listening to a radio. I know for many people this is when they get up, but for those of us who are planning very long days of driving and sightseeing, those early hours of sleep can be very important. I wouldn't be complaining if this was 6:30am or 7am, but 5:30am just seemed too early (my husband kept saying it was the middle of the night as far as he is concerned). The night before these people arrived, we had the best sleep of our whole trip!

I would definitely stay at the Lazy U Motel again. It was like staying in an old motel, but everything was new and very clean! We really appreciate all of the help from Cindy and Verlyn!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank mmkmb
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Cindy B, Owner at Lazy "U" Motel, responded to this review, 6 August 2014
Thanks for the kind words, but sorry about the neighbors. One of the reasons Verlyn and I live at the motel was to be able to address these very issues, in person, as they happen. This won't help you for your last stay, but for future visits, please call us. We very politely tell them to shhh :) They don't even know who complained. And, since they park right in front of their door, usually they can move to the car to talk and it is quieter for everyone.
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Sheridan, Wyoming
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31 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

The Lazy U is like the top quality motels of the late 1950s & the 60s. It is very clean, comfy, and well maintained. The old motels had kitchenettes, this is close with a table, chairs, frig & microwave. The lawn chairs outside each room are nice for evening and morning fresh air. There is a nice historic neighborhood nearby for a good walk. It is also a very convenient location, if you have appointments at the Black Hills Eye Institute or the hospital. We had need of a bathroom repair on one of your visits. The owner had it completed within 1 hour. The owners are very friendly and take time to give directions to help you navigate Rapid City. And as others have said, the fresh donuts are great. Coffee & hot tea varieties are good too. There are several restaurants within walking distance and to add to your calorie intake there is a Sonic Drive-in across the street with delicious milkshakes. BJH

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the section built in 1957.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Jean H
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Cindy B, Owner at Lazy "U" Motel, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
It's nice to be married to a handy man :) Verlyn has always been very conscientious about his tending of the rooms. Thank you for your kind words.
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Ontario, Canada
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129 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

We stayed here on our cross country trip. This is an old-fashioned, family-run one-story motel. We parked directly in front of our room. The room was small and clean; there was a desk and a fridge. The bathroom was perfectly fine and the shower great. In the morning there were donuts and coffee in the reception area. Free WiFi.

The best part of our stay was meeting the owners, Verlyn and Cindy. The kind of people you immediately like and wish you could talk to longer. They both are kind, smart, funny and caring. We loved staying here and can recommend it highly.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank PVfirst
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Cindy B, Owner at Lazy "U" Motel, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
It was great having you at the Lazy U. Thank you for the kind words.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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55 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

This is an older family run motel which I tried based on reviews on here and I was happy with my choice. Although the front of the motel (the office) is on a main road, the rest of the motel is set back and behind other buildings facing the road, so noise is NOT a problem. The room was clean and updated, the bed was comfortable and the wifi was very fast and strong...which is a nice change from alot of places where I stay. Starbucks is 2 blocks away, Safeway is across the street, and there are a ton of restaurants walking distance.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Thank JohansenRJ
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Cindy B, Owner at Lazy "U" Motel, responded to this review, 4 August 2014
Thanks for the review and for noticing our wifi. We updated it again last Fall, just before the blizzard we had :)
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Champaign, Illinois
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130 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

We simply needed somewhere to sleep at a reasonable price, but it had to be CLEAN! We found it here!
If you are looking for modern furnishings, swimming pool, multiple device outlets, coffee pot in the room, fitness center.... This is NOT for you! The furnishings are dated, rooms fairly small. But, the beds are queen sized and very comfortable, pillows too. The shower head has good pressure and lots of hot water, bath towels are thick and soft, there is a good sized flat screen TV. The hosts have coffee and fresh donuts at the desk each morning and guest laundry is available. And, most important to me is it was very clean! You won't find dust bunnies behind the doors or under furniture. Even the corners in the small bathroom were scrubbed clean with no sign of mold or dirt anywhere. I was told by the owner that he or his wife personally inspect every room! How often does that kind of personal touch happen anymore? Also, you park outside of your room, and there are plastic patio chairs just outside your door if you desire to sit outside a bit. So, in conclusion don't expect fancy. Expect dated, adequate,and clean with a personal touch.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Cindy B, Owner at Lazy "U" Motel, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
I could not have said it better. Thanks for your review.
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Saint John, Canada
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

We stayed here and are so glad we did. The room was large and had a good size bar fridge. The owners were friendly and very customer oriented. The donuts were amazing! Some other reviews mentioned the small bathroom however this wasn't an issue for us. If it is an issue due to vanity space, there was a desk in our room with a huge mirror beside it and we utilized this as our "make up" station. Would definitely recommend this hidden gem.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank JJ B
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Cindy B, Owner at Lazy "U" Motel, responded to this review, 25 July 2014
Some of our rooms were built in 1957. The rooms are more spacious, with tall ceilings, but some of the bathrooms have the sink in the bathroom. We have other rooms built in 1985 that have the outside vanity. This was the room you stayed in. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for staying with us.
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Property: Lazy "U" Motel
Address: 2215 Mt. Rushmore Road, Rapid City, SD 57701
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Region: United States > South Dakota > Rapid City
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Ranked #20 of 51 Hotels in Rapid City
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lazy U Motel is one of the last Mom and Pop motels, family owned and operated. We have 25 rooms we keep in immaculate condition. Each room has a frig and microwave, cable tv, tub and shower. The doors are metal and secure. No pool, so enjoy a quiet one-level motel with parking in front of your room. Free WiFi, no charge on local calls, guest laundry and in walking distance to several restaurants. MC/Dis/Visa. ... more   less 

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