We stayed here twice, 2 different rooms and foun dit much better than expected for park lodging. A bit expensive, but close to wildlife drive (went on it 3 times), drive to Mt. Rushmore, Needles drive. Relatively quick drove from Rapid City and easier location than other lodges. We stayed in Creekside, lodge, which seems much quieter and nicer than original lodge (we did see and hear those rooms when we dined). Unfortunately, we did not get a balcony room and first stay was only parking lot view (but actually very quiet). Hallways were less quiet, as parents seem to think this is a good place for kids to run off excess energy for getting into the car. Second stay we also heard next door TV a bit.
Rooms are VERY large -- you could fit 3 NYC hotel rooms in), with coffee pot, microwave, and small fridge that was very useful for all our picnic food. Lovely massive counter at sinks, so whole family can spread out all their shaving, makeup, etc. paraphernalia. Abundant towels (big enough to wrap in!) and toiletries. Very clean, probably a challenge since most guests are picnicking and tracking in dirt.
Only drawback was the "gourmet" dining room. Good location , but overpriced and very ordinary. We skipped the dining room for a picnic one night; too bad we did not have microwavable food!
It was so decent & convenient that we stayed again on our way back to the airport. The bison herd finally did show up that time
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Custer State Park, this family accommodation once served as housing for the state's game keepers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- State Game Hotel Custer
- State Game Resort