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“An unexpected gem”
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Chief Motel
Ranked #10 of 17 Hotels in Custer
Certificate of Excellence
1 review
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“An unexpected gem”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We had planned to camp in the state park, but that fell through. We drove around Custer, first stopping by all the large corporate hotels/motels, and they were sold out. We wanted something with a pool for the kids, so we stopped here. The owner is extremely friendly and helpful. We got to the room and were pleasantly surprised. The decor is a bit dated, but I have never been in a hotel room so clean and well-cared for as this one. Forget Holiday Inn Express. If you're going to Custer, stay at the Chief Motel.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We booked this hotel without reading about it first. I saw all the great reviews and felt reassured. The reviews don't even tell how great the staff is! It may lack big fancy upgrades but makes up for that with great service! The room was clean and big enough for my family of five. Beds were comfy. Staff was ready and willing to help out whatever the need was. They welcomed us with a smile and words of advice! When we come back the the area we will stay at the Chief Motel!

  • Stayed July 2014
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1 Thank Benjfam
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Maryville, TN
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

We loved our stay at the Chief Motel. We were surprised at how clean and large the room was and the pool and spa were such a great way to end a dusty hiking day! The $1.99 breakfast was excellent! We were so happy with our stay, we stayed an extra night. The manager even loaned us a pass to the local state park so we can tour Needles Hwy and Custer State Park for free. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank MaryinMaryville
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Valrico, Florida
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Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

We loved the Chief Motel. The rooms were large and clean. The beds were very comfortable. The pool was huge. They also have a sauna and hot tub. Bruce and Nancy were very kind and helpful. They offer an excellent breakfast deal at a local restaurant; $1.99 is 1/3 what the breakfast costs at the restaurant. Also we bought the pie coupon for The Purple Pie Place, great pie and the $1.99 coupon made the pie 1/2 price (great deal).
Only two small critiques. The shower head did not work as well as we would have liked and there was no hair dryer in the room (although one was available on request).

Stayed July 2014
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3 Thank tworahrah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We Spent three nights at this wonderful family friendly motel. Our family loved it. The owners, Bruce and Nancy personally greeted us as if we were family. All the comforts of home make this clean motel a home away from home. This was the base for our vacation. It is perfectly located in Custer and is within walking distance of most of Custer. Don't be afraid to stay at the Chief Motel they have really comfortable beds.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The room was quite clean and comfortable. I stayed there during the last week of a three week trip and noted that it had the best Wi-Fi and best toilet paper of the entire trip. Aside from being near restaurants and other businesses in Custer, it's a convenient spot for drives to Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore or along several scenic roads in the area.

Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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2 Thank Denny G
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Saint Joseph, MO
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

My wife and I stayed here two years ago and loved the room. Same this time. Absolutely emaculate and well decorated. Love the guy at the front desk. He advised us on where the best place for a sit down meal was. Even the lady cleaning the rooms the next morning was cheerful. The pool is extra large and clear as a bell.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Additional Information about Chief Motel

Property: Chief Motel
Address: 120 Mount Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730-1829
Region: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Custer
#7 Family Hotel in Custer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Chief Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and operated * Free HS wireless internet * Custer's largest indoor pool (in season May 20-Sept 18)* Hot Tub * Sauna * 2 Restaurants adjacent * In-room coffee/cocoa * ref/micro * All rooms no smoking / no pets * Near Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road (1500 buffalo), Scenic Needles Hwy, Iron Mt. Road* Jewel Cave * Wind Cave* ... more   less 
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