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“A Cheerful Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Shady Rest Motel

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Shady Rest Motel
Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Custer
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“A Cheerful Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2008

This tiny motel has been in operation by the same family since before the depression. Eight brightly painted cabins of varying size sit perched on the hill south of downtown. It’s a very nice walk to the shops, restaurants, and city parks. Karri, the proprietor, is a very cheery and helpful hostess.

We stayed in Cabin 6--a two bed unit that has a queen in the front room and a double in the tiny bedroom. The kitchenette was well stocked with pots, pans, flatware, and dining ware. I fell in love with the old drain board sink. The tiny bathroom furnished all the necessities but it did get a bit cool. The shower was a tight fit and the water faucet handles had to be just so to keep a constant, comfortable water temperature but we never ran out of hot water.

We stayed five days and never wanted for clean towels or room maintenance. Amusingly, one day we came back to find a kitty on our pillow. Apparently, she snuck in while our room was being serviced and hid from the attendant. Being pet oriented people, we were very amused. Another day, the room was serviced but we had accidentally left the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. The attendant left us a very nice note apologizing for the intrusion.

Shady Rest welcomed our little terrier but the on-premise cats did keep a wary eye on her. A sign posted in the office states that pets left in the room will be impounded and I have no problem with that. Pets left alone in unfamiliar surroundings become stressed and cause damage. Shady Rest is up front with the limitations of the pet friendly policy. Hopefully, this reduces problems with the occasional irresponsible pet toting traveler.

The motel provides WiFi, but the service was intermittent. I did spend some time in the Custer Library and had excellent connection there.

I definitely recommend the Shady Rest and will stay there again the next time I’m in Custer.

  • Liked — The adorable cozy cabins
  • Disliked — The shower is a very tight fit and the hot water is temperamental.
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2006

We are a family of 5 and we stayed here for 2 nights in a small cottage with 2 double beds. There was enough floor space to use our twin aero-bed. This particular cottage (#1) was very tiny, but there are others that are larger if you reserve far enough in advance.

Our shower was extremely small and cramped, but had plenty of hot water if you were patient to wait for it. The walls/ceilings are paneled in pine, but the flooring could use new carpeting. The beds seemed a bit old, and the linens definitely have seen better days.

But, the cottages are clean, include daily maid service and can't be beat for the price. If you are just looking for a place to sleep and shower in the morning these cottages are decent. Good location (better than staying in touristy Keystone), nice porch to sit outside, small fridge, microwave, toaster, cable TV and AC.

Kari the owner was very friendly, welcoming and helpful. She tried to move us into a larger unit, but none became available.

We did see other places that might have been nicer to stay at if we had booked earlier - Blue Bell Resort, Sylvan Lake Resort and Hillside Country Cabins (but all much more expensive than the Shady Rest).

  • Stayed June 2006
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2006

We have been staying at this motel for about 7 years. We love the quirky cabins, which are always immaculate. The family is wonderful. It is a lovely quiet area overlooking town with a beautiful view of the hills. You can go anywhere from here!

  • Stayed August 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2004

Inexpensive, clean, fun. Second generation owned. Quiet location overlooking town.

  • Stayed July 2004
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Property: Shady Rest Motel
Address: 238 Gordon St, Custer, SD 57730-1820
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Region: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Custer
#3 Romantic Hotel in Custer
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Shady Rest Hotel Custer

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