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“Great small town motel”
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Rocket Motel
Ranked #1 of 18 Hotels in Custer
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 August 2014

If you are looking for a clean safe place to stay then this motel is the place. Check in was easy and the room was clean. Motel looks like it was recently updated. Even get discounts at local eating places if you show them your room key. Owner is very helpful and wants your stay to be a pleasant one.

Stayed: August 2014
Thank Ronald R
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

The Rocket Motel stay was excellent. The Units are very clean and affordable and are within walking distance of local restaurants and shops. The Rocket Motel is also a short distance away from Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore, and the Crazy Horse memorial.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Ronald B
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Our reservations were not made correctly, it's a good thing we called several times to confirm them since the hotel does not have a computer reservation system and we received no confirmation. When we arrived, the person who checked us in (assuming the owner) was not at all friendly. The rooms were disappointing. They were very small, and the shower was so small you could barely move in it. Whatever they clean with leaves a horrible smell in the rooms. Don't stay there with any kind of allergies or asthma. The beds are comfortable. We decided to check out after two nights instead of three, we saw what we wanted to see. The owner was rude when we left. There were many other hotels in town. Don't be fooled by the cute look. Stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Karen F
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rocketmotel, Owner at Rocket Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

We are very sorry your experience was not good. We do our best to try to please all our guests. With 27 units and only 4 of them being kings it is not always possible to get the room you first want when you change dates. As far as the cleaning smell all I can do is apologize you found it offensive. We have researched endlessly for a cleaner that actually kills germs and cleans and has a good smell. We so wish you would have informed us when you here that you were having some negative issues we would have done our best to resolve them during your stay. Our encouragement to all our guests is if there is a problem please notify us right away. I ask you to forgive me if I offended you in any. That was not my intent. God Bless, Don and Brenda

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

The Rocket Motel is a great change up from the usual chain hotels in the Black Hills. Opened in 1949, the motel has retained its original charm with its large neon sign and 27 small, yet clean and reasonably priced rooms.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Jerry H
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Driving by, it appeared to be just another 50's hotel in an old and historic town. Peak inside, and you will be pleasantly surprised!

The grounds are clean, the location is excellent for all your Black Hills travel needs, the rooms are clean, and the best part is they are retro 50's style! Make sure you ask for the renovated rooms if they have them available. I've stayed in both the renovated and non-renovated rooms, and trust me, the new ones are worth it!

The owner's live on sight and are extremely friendly and helpful, and I have to mention the staff was just as friendly. No breakfast served in the morning, but for the price, location, and amenities, it's not needed. If you've got to have some breakfast, grab it from the local cafe's, theyre well worth it!

Excellent place!

Room Tip: The newly renovated rooms are the best!
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

Great little motel. Room was very clean and bed was super comfortable. The hotel is the middle of town, we walked to all over town and is close to all attractions. We will definitely be back for a second visit.

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Thank Yvette L
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Fun little place. Smack dab in the middle of Custer so once you unpack and park the car, you can walk to anything else in Custer.

Friendly staff...owners were friendly, helped us plan our visit in the area and accommodating to our dog.

They allow dogs in certain rooms only, so call ahead to reserve a room if you need a dog friendly one.

The rooms are small...but they were just as expected for a 60's style motel. you park your car directly in front of your door which is super convenient. The rooms were also very quiet.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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Thank mosiniak
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Additional Information about Rocket Motel

Address: 211 Mount Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730-1433
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Region: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Custer
#1 Romantic Hotel in Custer
Price Range: £64 - £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rocket Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
American Family owned motel. Non-smoking. Pet friendly (designated rooms). Offering Cable TV, Wireless Internet, Coffee and tea in office, Refrigerators, Microwaves, hairdryers,and Serta double Pillow top beds. Kitchenette, Kings, 2 bedroom family units, 1 king suite available. Covered Pavilion, gas grill and fire pit for our guests use. Available for meetings, family reunions or just picnics. We have added a 4-man jacuzzi this year. One story, at-door parking. 8 Restaurants giving our guests 10% off all their meals while at the Rocket. Shops and downtown just a skip away. Michelson Trail across the street. Please remember that you're staying at a 1950's Motel, the rooms and showers are a tad smaller, but the charm is enormous!! We look forward to serving all vacation needs. Thank you, God Bless, Don and Brenda ... more   less 
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