My wife and I stayed with Carl and Marilyn for two nights in June and were delighted. Finding this rural, but ideally located spot amidst the tackiness and clutter of Keystone, SD was a stroke of good fortune and good reviews. Absolutely charming and beautiful location and ambiance. The deck overlooks Mt Rushmore in the distance- but even better -overlooks the Black Hills and all their beauty; especially at night with the stars filling the night sky.
Even though her website indicated a three night minimum stay in June Marilyn was gracious enough to accommodate us for two nights. We also arrived early and Marilyn graciously welcomed us and made us comfortable. We felt as if we were staying in a private home- and in many ways we were- as Marilyn and Carl have filled their lodge with mementos of their life and family history.
Our room was huge and had a jacuzzi tub(which,unfortunately, we did not use-too busy)
, a desk for our laptop-easy internet accessibility- and ample lamps and chairs- Only suggestion would be to have one or two comfortable chairs in the room for reading and relaxing. However, the area just outside our room and the beautiful living room were excellent places to relax- not to mention the deck!! The breakfasts were served buffet style and were wonderful- everything was home made and fresh. Each night Marilyn put out a dessert treat which made coming back even more special.
The value was outstanding- we have paid as much at Interstate motels with no charm.
Marilyn was the perfect hostess. She did everything from provide detailed driving directions to restaurant recommendations to places to see. We so enjoyed our conversations with her. Her family settled the area and she is a fount of information.
Truly a hidden gem!!
- Also Known As:
- Buffalo Rock Hotel Keystone