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“Great stay when visiting Rapid City and the Black Hills”
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Big Sky Lodge
Ranked #17 of 51 Hotels in Rapid City
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Oakland, California
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4 reviews
“Great stay when visiting Rapid City and the Black Hills”
Reviewed 31 August 2014

We ended up staying a week due to some medical issues with our dog. Jay and Alicia were beyond terrific in helping us when we only had reservations for 4 days and this was over the 4th of July. This was a great location at the top of the hill to view the fireworks from a number of communities. Also close to many restaurants and just a great location to see all there was to see in this part of South Dakota. The service provided was outstanding and the rooms were very comfortable. Would not hesitate to recommend the Big Sky Lodge for your vacation in the Black Hills. Thanks Jay and Alicia.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Bronson, Michigan
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

My husband and I stayed here two nights during our week-long vacation in South Dakota. The lodge is in such a neat spot- way up on top of a hill basically overlooking Rapid City below. It's near a couple main routes both into and out of town, close to restaurants and some local attractions. We used the place to go explore other areas like Keystone, Custer State Park, Wind Cave, and so on. The room was clean and comfy. We shared a queen bed (my husband, he was less enthused about this than I haha), but the rest we received was great. The room also had a fridge and microwave, plenty of space to store up our luggage, and wifi. The staff were very friendly, and the breakfast each morning got us off on a nice start. The price we paid for two nights here was roughly $60 less than what we would've paid at our "standard spot" in Keystone. When travelling on a budget, you have to cut costs sometimes. This time, however, it turned out to be well worth it! We've found a new Black Hills hideaway if we ever make it back out to SD.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stowe, Vermont
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47 reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

We stayed three nights. Had planned on only two but decided to see some more sights near Rapid City and enjoy the Lodge. We stayed on the side with the view, paying $10 more per night, but it was worth it. The lodge is on the top of a ridge. The room was well equiped and spacious enough. very clean. We enjoyed the picnic tables overlooking the city. Jay and his wife, the owners, manage the place and ensure good service all around. The continental breakfast had a good selection of items.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toledo, Ohio
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2014 via mobile

My family stayed at Big Sky as we passed through the Black Hills on our way to Yellowstone. We loved the personal service, clean room, family atmosphere and most of all the midnight soak in the outdoor hot tub overlooking Grand Rapids. The breakfast was super and the entire lodge is very well kept. We liked it so much we stayed again on our way home a week later.

Stayed August 2014
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Golden, CO
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

We held our family reunion in Rapid City, and most of the guests stayed at Big Sky Lodge. I admit I am a bit of a hotel snob, and rarely stay in anything below a four star rating. Big Sky scored high on Tripadvisor, and after speaking to the owner of the lodge, I was convinced we were in good hands. The owner is wonderful and the few times I called and left a message, he called me back immediately. Bobbette check us in and was very thorough with all the information pertaining to amenities, etc. Our room was a typical old style hotel room, however, they cleverly utilized all the space in a very efficient manner. The room was clean and I must admit the towels were better quality than some 5 star places I've stayed. They provide lots of pillows and the water pressure in the shower is better than what I have at home. It was surprisingly quiet at night, no heavy fire doors slamming, etc. the only thing I would change are the curtains. I would install black outs, but aside from that, they thought of everything a person might need. We didn't partake in the complimentary breakfast, as we had plans each morning, but that is a nice option. Thank you Jay for all you did for our family. It makes my heart happy to find there are still people like you in the world.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Gladstone, Michigan
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Picked this place because of the great reviews in my AAA guide and on here and we were not disappointed. Our hosts accomodated our late arrival with ease both times we stayed and made us feel right at home. The rooms were clean, spacious, quiet (even though the motel was full) and included a frig and microwave. Plenty of parking. The view both day and night is lovely. You are literally on top of the city! Close to everything but yet outside the bustle of town. Our hosts had a spectacular breakfast laid out for us each day and there was something for everyone. They have laundry facilities available, and a picnic and hot tub area with the spectacular view. My family got up at 4 am to watch the sunrise over the city there. The hosts Jay and Alicia know the area and can give great directions to just about anywhere. They also know all the good places to eat. If you are going to Rushmore, Crazy Horse or the Black Hills this place is right on the way. The price, a real good value was a definite plus. Would have loved a little night light along the wall to navigate.during the night. Met great folks from all over in the breakfast room and even got good advice about places to stay near Yellowstone that were affordable. There is no pool here but if you can live without one, this place will not disappoint you! If you are traveling with small kids I did not see a play area so bring their favorite toys!..Would definitely return there again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Stayed in August at the tail end of Sturgis week... hotel staff and other guests were friendly and like family, especially in the hot tub! Place is small enough that you still get that personal service. Breakfast was better than many big chain hotels we stayed at. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Service was excellent. Wish we were there longer, but will definitely be back.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Big Sky Lodge
Address: 4080 Tower Rd, Rapid City, SD 57701-5391
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Region: United States > South Dakota > Rapid City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Rapid City
#3 Family Hotel in Rapid City
#7 Romantic Hotel in Rapid City
#7 Business Hotel in Rapid City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Big Sky Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 31
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