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.
- Also Known As:
- Shady Rest Hotel Custer