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“Great location but too expensive for what you get.”
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Badlands Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Interior B&B and Inns
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9 reviews
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“Great location but too expensive for what you get.”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

We stayed here during July 4th weekend, and therefore the prices may have been inflated. But we paid $137 for a night in what was nothing more than a roadside motel. It was clean, but very old. Nothing fancy--the TV only got a few channels and the A/C had definitely seen better days. The breakfast was very nice, however: they friendly lady had even set out fresh blueberries for your cereal. It was nice to wake up and be only a mile away from the Badlands and hiking, but the price was very high for the state of this motel.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed 6 July 2013 via mobile

Stayed here while travelling from coast to coast. The room was clean and reasonable. Did not stay for breakfast as it did not open until 7am and I wanted to get moving. Perfect place to view sunrise and sunset in the badlands if you do not want to camp. In the middle of no where but felt ok even travelling as a single woman alone. Not much in town but two bars. If you want that you would be disappointed but if you want beautiful views and quiet the hotel works well.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

When we decided to stop in the Badlands and found the Badlands Inn was nearly the only option for us, we were nervous. The Cedar Pass Lodge just up the road was full and offered us accommodation in their sister motel. There were no photos on their web site and we seemed destined for a dismal experience.

Were we surprised...pleasantly! While I wouldn't pretend that this is four star material, the rooms were recently updated and very clean. It is close to the heart of the Northern part of the Badlands National Park and offered quick access to the evening programming at the park and a number of the trails.

You got free breakfast at the Cedar Pass Lodge restaurant...not a continental breakfast - you just ordered off the menu. A fine family stop in a wonderful national park.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Dublin, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2013

We spent one night in late June, family of four in a double queen. The office is currently open and breakfast is served on site now for the rest of the season. The person in the office told us that they just opened the office that week because the new owners had put new linens on all the beds and the old bedding had been stored in the office which they just cleaned out.

The motel is basic, but they do: give you a five lb bag of ice every day, have a decent breakfast (hard boiled eggs, cereal, muffins, bagels, fruit, yogurt), great airconditioning, a friendly staff and a great location. There are very limited dining options either the Cedar Pass Lodge or two small bars in Interior. We chose the Wagon Wheel for $33 we got 4 dinners (2 burgers & 2 chicken fingers all with fries, 2 soft drinks & 2 beers).

Our room (#18) had two small shower curtains in the bathtub which was a disaster with preteen boys- water everywhere. No liner, just these flimsy cloth curtains that didn't keep the water in.Also the morning light is brutal, there are blinds on the window but not dark enough.

There is a good size fridge (the taller "mini" fridge) a table and chairs. There is also a bench outside every room so you can soak in the views.

There are no amenities- pool etc. So check out the Budget Host if that is important.

We paid $120 for a room on a Friday night in nigh season which I thought was reasonable.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

My husband and I are traveling across country for 8 weeks with our dog. We chose Badlands Inn because they took dogs. You are in the Badlands-1 mile outside the park gate-on the Badlands scenic loop. The views are amazing. You are close enough to enjoy everything the Badlands has to offer but far enough away from any crowds. The Inn is small, basic and a little worn. But clean and everything works. Interior is not worth a trip- but if you do the 29 mile loop you end up in Wall. You can get anything you need there.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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tucson
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

Spent a nigh here last week and found it to be better than expected. I almost went with a very good rating, but was hesitant to go up a notch, only becvause it is a very basic motel. Our room was freshly painted, very clean, spacious and more than adequate for a good night's sleep. A stone's throw from the park entrance, it was very convenient to the vistor's center and restaurant.

I would say that the price was high if the room was elsewhere ($129 or so), but they have a captive audience so it wasn't too bad. I can't compare it to the place a couple miles down the road in Interior, but this place definately seemed more adult oriented than that. The room had a little fridge and coffee maker.

Stange thing was that no one was in the office. We had to go back into the park to register. No biggie but strange. Because no manager was on site, the continental breakfast was at the park restaurant... choice of bisquits and gravy, oatmeal, english muffins and a drink. Perhaps they will get staff there and things will revert, but that's how it was last week. So... if you can't get a reservation in the park, this is a good bet. I would stay there again. It was really cold and windy, but they had a nice deck to sit and watch the sunrise and set. on better days.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Yankton, South Dakota
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We stayed at the Badlands Inn, solely to see the sun setting & rising in the Badlands. That part was great & I'd recommend it based on that. Room was comfortable, clean, and our family of 3 had plenty of room. The Inn is kinda in the middle of nowhere. The Cedar Pass Lodge is close by, but other than that, it feels pretty desolate. We drove in to Interior, the nearby town, to find something to eat. It was pretty sketchy....nothing was open, except the bar, which we paid for the waitress to cook us a frozen pizza. It was better than nothing. I hope never to go back to that place - let's just say, it was one of the few places I actually didn't feel safe....We had breakfast at the Cedar Pass Lodge restaurant the next morning - was just okay; nothing special. And as was the case in Wall, we never saw any Native Americans - everything was being run by Russian immigrants. They were really rude and acted like customers were a giant inconvenience - service was horrible and not worth paying money for that!!! If you can plan having your meals elsewhere, and just stay in the motel overnight, than you'll have a more enjoyable experience. It's worth staying once, just to experience the Badlands that way.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Badlands Inn
Address: I-90 Exit 131 Highway 377, Interior, SD 57750-0103
Region: United States > South Dakota > Interior
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Interior
Hotel Class:2 star — Badlands Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each of our 20 rooms has a magnificent view of the Badlands. You will rest well in our double queen rooms with upgraded high thread count linens/with bamboo towels (the linens use less energy to dry and are made with long bamboo fibers making them last longer than cotton towels), free WiFi, AC/Heat, cable TV, Energy Star Microwave & Mini refrigerator, Energy Star Coffee Maker with organic and shade grown coffee and complimentary breakfast in the lobby. There is an evening happy hour of local wine tasting in the lobby of the Inn for our guests. Night Skies in the Badlands are particularly dark and we encourage you to experience the FREE Ranger led tours in the amphitheater located inside the Park, less than a mile away. We are an Environmentally Friendly Inn and encourage recycling, plus we are a 100% non-smoking property and welcome pets. (There is a $10/night additional fee per pet). Children 15 years and younger stay free in same room with adult. We are the closest lodging to Badlands National Park (an easy walk from the Interior entrance) and only 9 miles from I-90 at Exit 131 and the Minute Man National Missile Monument. ... more   less 
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Badlands Inn Interior, South Dakota

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