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238 Gordon St, Custer, SD 57730
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Shady Rest Motel
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Custer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed here in September 2014. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The location was very convenient to go to Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park. Custer also had some nice restaurants within walking distance.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We finished up our visit to SD with three nights at the Shady Rest. It was the perfect location for side trips to Crazy Horse, Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park. Very friendly hosts willing to answer any questions and give directions. Custer is a very nice town and you can walk to dining and shopping from the motel. We... More 

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perrysburg,ny
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We stayed at Shady Rest because we wanted a cabin to stay in on our vacation to South Dakota and it seemed like a good home base. We had spent weeks trying to find the right place. When we got off the phone when making reservations we were confident that it would be a great place. Ann met us when... More 

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Iowa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
27 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We used Custer as our home base while in the Black Hills area, and chose the Shady Rest based on TripAdvisor reviews. This was our first stay in a "cabin" and we were pleasantly surprised. Ann and John are genuinely caring and friendly people. The cabin was cozy and clean, and even though the cabins themselves are close together, it... More 

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Montevideo, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We stayed at this hotel based on all the wonderful reviews thru trip advisor. I am so happy we decided to stay here. We came out for the buffalo round up and stayed here for 2 days. We did some other site seeing and toured the downtown. Beautiful main street. Ann checked us in and explained the buffalo round up... More 

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Winchester, Va
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We had reservations here during our trip west but got an early call from the owner explaining that they were to have an earlier than average cold snap and would have to winterize the cabins early. They were sorry and could have just said good luck on finding something else, but instead, they made reservations for our party of four... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We stayed at the Shady Rest Motel in August during a 7-week road trip, and it remains one of our favorite places to stay on the whole trip. It truly was a shady rest for weary travelers. We stayed in one of the newer cabins at the top, and parked in a spot close to our cabin. The cabin was... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Stayed at the Shady Rest for three days in September in the Hunters Lodge. Very clean and tons of room. Very centrally located for all activities including Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, and don't miss the chuck wagon dinner at Blue Bell Lodge in Custer State Park. John and Ann were wonderful hosts. It was nice to come in each night... More 

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New Albany, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My excellent rating is meant for the motel/cabin type category. This place is cute, quaint, comfortable, clean, affordable, and has a great location. We traveled through the Badlands and stayed here for 2 nights while touring Black Hills, Custer State Park, and Mount Rushmore. It was a great home base. The owners are great. Nice staying in a family owned... More 

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Central Vermont
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Shady Rest Motel was a great find--affordable and conveniently located. My daughter and I stayed three nights. It was clean and cozy. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Ann but John was very nice. As others have stated, this is not a five star hotel. However, if you would like something charming and easy to return to after a... More 

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Address: 238 Gordon St, Custer, SD 57730
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Location: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Shady Rest Hotel Custer
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Custer
#3 Romantic Hotel in Custer

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