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“A Balcony View of Mt. Rushmore”
Review of K Bar S Lodge

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K Bar S Lodge
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Keystone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 August 2014

The lodge is just off the main tourist drag through the middle of Keystone, S.D. We stayed in room 1205, the so-called "Wedding Suite", complete with a Jacuzzi tub in the room, and a balcony out the back of the room. The room was comfortable and clean. The tub made the room feel a bit crowded, but not too much. The view from the balcony was a side view of the monument with Washington and Lincoln in profile. Watching the sun go down from the balcony was a highlight. The monument itself is a 5 minute drive away. A full buffet breakfast was included with the room. The buffet offered lots of variety, and provided a quick start to days of sightseeing adventure. So much to do in the black hills area! If I had to list a "downside", except for breakfast, you have to drive to eat.

Room Tip: The hotel has several buildings. Ask for a room in the "lobby" building.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

Great hotel with great breakfasts and rooms. Loved the Black Hills areas, especially for the drives. Porsche Club meeting in the area with "spirited" drives through Needles and Iron Mountain highways. Spectacular views (for the passenger) and spectacular drives (for me).

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 August 2014

Wonderful location close enough to keystone and its attractions and yet perfectly quietly located in its own grounds just off the beaten path. A great location forEuropean travellers. A nice breakfast but no other dining means you have to leave the tranquility which is a bit of a shame....

Room Tip: Soon rooms have a view Of Mt Rushmore - that's pretty special.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We stayed 1 night while doing a road trip from Rapid City to Montana to visit several of the National Parks and other attractions in the area. The town is touristy and did not appeal to us. K Bar S Lodge is a short distance from the town nestled in the woods. Very quiet and peaceful with deer running thru the lawn in the morning. The staff is amazingly helpful and knowledgeable on the area and all it has to offer. We had a room with a view of Mt Rushmore and it was extremely large. Very clean and comfortable bedding. The balcony is a nice addition for relaxing in the clean mountain air. The lobby has comfortable furniture for relaxing by the large fireplace and viewing the mountains - great common deck, as well. Although they do not sell food they do sell wine by the glass or bottle - a very nice amenity! The breakfast is exceptional and is offered in a large dining room with an outside deck with many tables. Do not hesitate to stay at K Bar S - you will not be disappointed!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kyle O, General Manager at K Bar S Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2014

Hello Marciacoventry,

Thank you for staying with us, and taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

In the Keystone area, there is K Bar S, and then there are all the rest of the hotels and motels. No comparison. This hotel is ranked Number 1 for very good reason. The location and setting are perfect. It is best not to be located in the tacky Coney Island/tourist trap setting of Keystone. Fortunately, the entrance to K Bar S is a mere quarter mile up Old Hill City Road from the one stoplight in Keystone. Thus you are within walking distance of all that is Keystone, yet you are around the bend in a park-like setting. We loved the grounds with the tasteful lodge buildings, manicured lawns, hanging flower baskets, and walking paths – one of which leads down to the tracks for the old steam-engine railroad.

Our room was one of two rooms in the main building with a balcony that faced Mt. Rushmore. Rooms in other buildings also had Rushmore views, but none were higher or closer or more convenient to the lobby and breakfast building. Plus it had a Jacuzzi tub. That tub was most welcome both nights after we did considerable driving and hiking. And the view from our balcony was lovely. On our second night, we picked up pizza from Jane’s Pizza (see my glowing review), bought a bottle of wine in the hotel lobby, and dined on our balcony while viewing the lighting of George Washington and half of Thomas Jefferson. No hotel offers a view this good. The king-bed room was very comfortable and well-appointed. All of this for less than $200 a night!! Of course cheaper options are available on property.

Some have criticized the breakfast provided by the hotel. I beg to differ. The breakfasts were outstanding. I had never seen the DIY waffle makers they had. In two and a half minutes, you make yourself a perfect waffle. It is idiot proof. Supplement the waffles with a meat (bacon one day and sausage another) and eggs or biscuits, plus cereals, pastries, fruit, and you have more than enough to enjoy. Of course, there are always people who are not satisfied with less than a huge American breakfast. These people will never be satisfied with anything less than a full-service restaurant on site. If you are not such a person, ignore the criticism. Did I mention the waffle-makers?

Finally, what should make you choose K Bar S is the staff. The young men working at the front desk are exceptional. Their cheerful and helpful attitudes were such a breath of fresh air. The management should be very proud.

There certainly are cheaper places to stay in Keystone – like $49 rooms that are well-advertised elsewhere – but there is no better hotel or a better value.

Room Tip: The king with Jacuzzi and Mt. Rushmore view above the lobby is the best.
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kyle O, General Manager at K Bar S Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2014

Hi SATXKen,

It is wonderful to hear that you had such a great experience with us! Thank you for your nice comments about our deluxe continental breakfast, and our amazing team (we are very fortunate to have each and every one of them). See you again next time!

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Our stay at the K Bar S Lodge was wonderful. Beautiful property, wonderful staff, and the view was lovely. Very quiet, we enjoyed watching the chipmunks and deer. The breakfast each morning was delicious. We definitely recommend the K Bar S!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

K Bar S Lodge is a well maintained, quiet hotel located off the main road in Keystone. The lobby and room were great, the view (which does cost a little bit more - $20 at the time of writing) of George Washington on Mt. Rushmore is pretty cool, and the grounds are kept well.

The breakfast, which is included, is okay. Not the best breakfast you'd get, but it does offer Belgian waffles, bagels, toast, and for our visit had ham and egg/cheese "omelets". For the price, which is very comparable to the rest of the Keystone area, it's really a no-brainer.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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4  Thank cualengv
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Address: 434 Old Hill City Rd, Keystone, SD 57751-2027
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Region: United States > South Dakota > Keystone
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Keystone
Price Range: £56 - £167 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — K Bar S Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 96
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