We stayed at the Shady Rest Motel on August 4-5. What a pleasure to stay there! The cabins are in a quiet location, away from the main street of Custer yet close enough to walk into downtown. We only had one full day to see the main attractions of the Black Hills, and this motel was in a perfect central location to be able to do just that. The cabins are very basic, comfortable, and clean. We appreciated having a kitchenette so we could make our own breakfasts. The WiFi was great, always with a strong signal. Several of the cabins have a front veranda with a swing, and we enjoyed relaxing on the veranda, conversing with guests in neighboring cabins. We liked having easy access to our car, which we could park right in front of the cabin. We so much prefer that to a chain hotel where one’s car could be most anywhere in the parking lot, or worse yet, it’s hidden away in a parking garage by a valet. Owners John and Ann were superb hosts--always available, attentive to guests’ needs, and such a pleasure to talk to. You can tell that they love what they do.
Most of the cabins are older, and although they have been modernized, some have little idiosyncrasies, which for us just added to the charm. If you are looking for luxury lodging with all the amenities of a five-star hotel, this may not be the place for you. But if you want comfortable, affordable lodging with rustic charm, and hosts that make you feel like family, then look no further!
- Also Known As:
- Shady Rest Hotel Custer