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Blue Bell Lodge

Custer State Park, 25453 Highway 87, Custer, SD 57730
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I stayed four nights a Blue Bell. A country girl I am not (sunburn easily, asthma, bugs love me, allergic to everything), though I found the hiking and the canoe opportunities very fun. We also did the camp song hay ride and I found that to be really, really entertaining - little ones on the trip seemed... More

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Leland, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We spent 4 days in the Black Hills area, but only our last night at the Blue Bell lodge. It is more costly, but we wanted to splurge for our last night. We weren't disappointed! The cabin was wonderful. It was clean, spacious, nicely decorated, and had lots of windows for looking outside. The cabins were also spaced apart nicely... More

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BlueBellLodge, General Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. The horseback rides are a great way to see areas of the park that most do not get to. I myself am a huge fan of the Buffalo and could watch them all day. We have a variety of cabin types... More

Minneapolis
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We staying in one of the newer sleeping cabins. We chose it because we wanted an indoor fireplace, which we used every evening we were there. The cabins are nicely spaced apart in the woods yet all close enough to the main lodge. My complaints about the room: there were a number of deferred maintenance items that would have been... More

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BlueBellLodge, General Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of the Blue Bell Lodge. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are working on fixing the maintenance issues you mentioned and making general improvements. Jami is our dining room manager and a very valuable asset to the Blue Bell team. We strive to teach our staff about the... More

Lumberton, Tx
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

Just added to the enjoyment of our trip! Comfortable bed, everything we needed for somewhere to sleep. Tv but no cable but wasn't a big deal for us. Only downside at blue bell was the chuck wagon! Cowboy Keith was great but the yellow jackets were horrible. One of the cooks told us that during aug thru sept. they come... More

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BlueBellLodge, General Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much forn your review. Yes the Yellow Jackets were very bad this year for some reason. Being from Michigan, I thought they were bee's but they were actually wasps. We were treating for bees at first trying to find nests in trees and such. When I did some research, I found out they were wasps that built... More

Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

My daughter has wanted to see Mount Rushmore since she watched National Treasure with Nicholas Cage... The Blue Bell is located inside Custer National Park and it is the perfect place for a family vacation... Our first night we had dinner in the Chuck wagon complete with a great horse drawn wagon ride with live music and storytelling... Dinner was... More

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BlueBellLodge, General Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this review

Wow, sounds like you had the perfect stay and we couldn't be happier about it. The Chuckwagon dinner is a must if you have kids, they will have that memory for a lifetime. Getting the chance to see a herd of that many Buffalo is a lucky experience and really an impressive site. I love Blue Bell at night for... More

Lakewood, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We had a wonderful evening at the Blue Bell Lodge. The cabin we stayed in had two double beds and a bunk bed. It was new and clean. In the morning, there were two buffalo outside our cabin. The only downside to this lodge is that it is a bit pricey. It's worth it for a couple of nights but... More

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BlueBellLodge, General Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of The Blue Bell Lodge. I am pleased that you had a good time and enjoyed your cabin. The Buffalo are my favorite and I just love it when there down by the cabins. If you come early or late in the season we do give disocounts for multiple night stays. These discounts are typically in... More

Mountain Home, Arkansas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

two nights at the cabin was not long enough! cabins have rabbits and chipmunks all around that were fun to watch. Lodge restaurant is good. State game lodge is superb. About a 15 minute drive. Buffalo were all around the lodge. Cabin was nice. We stayed in cabin 22, and it was updated. Some did not look as up to... More

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BlueBellLodge, General Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes, some of the cabins are older. They were built in 1933 by the CCC when they were building the park. They have all had renovations and feature somewhat the same set up as the new cabins without the fireplaces. However, they are a little more rustic than... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Chuckwagon offered a cozy wagon ride through Custer Park before dinner in a off-road location. Wonderful entertainment provided by a one man cowboy show throughout ride and meal time. Our guide (who played the guitar, harmonica, and fiddle) was a great musician and story teller who made every effort to include the children, which made it a perfect family outing.... More

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BlueBellLodge, General Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review of the Chuckwagon. From your review I can tell you had Cowboy Keith on your wagon. He is a marvelous entertainer and all around good guy. He makes it fun for everyone. People are often surprised at how much they get and what a good value it is. I hope that you come... More

Boston
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Stayed in a Sleeping Cabin for 3 nights at the Blue Bell Lodge in Custer State Park. Cabins were clean, 2 comfortable full size beds, fireplace, table and chairs, small kitchenette with sink, small refrigerator, 4 burner stove, dishes, tub/shower, hairdryer. Be sure to ask for the newer cabins (the Sleeping Cabins) as some of the other cabins are older... More

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BlueBellLodge, General Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Blue Bell. The sleeping cabins are much newer being built in 1992 vs the smaller cabins that were built in 1933 and you can't beat the fireplace inside the cabin. We hope that you will stay with us again here at Blue Bell Lodge and thanks again for the review. More

Houston, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We stayed in a Sleeping Cabin. Very nicely furnished and the kitchen setup (stove, small fridge, microwave, dishes, coffee pot, utensils, glasses, pot & pan) let us cook some simple meals and keep from eating out each meal. My wife particularly liked the bath towels -- thick and fluffy in her words. The location was convenient to the area attractions... More

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BlueBellLodge, General Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. I am glad you enjoyed yourselves while you were here. I have put some additional checklists in place including "checking the fire pits" for my housekeepers in an effiort to not miss anything. We have recently upgraded our internet service and I am hopeful that there will be a noticable improvment. Your review... More

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Also Known As:
Blue Bell Hotel Custer
Blue Bell Hotel
Address: Custer State Park, 25453 Highway 87, Custer, SD 57730
Location: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 22 Specialty lodging in Custer
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A historical lodge offering horseback riding and camping trips through Custer State park. ... more   less 
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