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Shady Rest Motel

#2 of 19 Hotels in Custer
Certificate of Excellence
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238 Gordon St, Custer, SD 57730
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Shady Rest Motel
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a great family run place. Ann was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and very easy and pleasant to talk to. The cabins were clean and the price was perfect! There is a playground right across the street that my kids loved and everything in the town is within walking distance. This is a great place to... More 

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Kansas City
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family of four (parents and boys ages 12 and 7) recently visited the Black Hills area of South Dakota for 5 days. We had never been to that part of the country and I am a very particular traveler. I decided to book a cabin (#8) at Shady Rest Motel based solely on Trip Advisor recommendations. I was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our stay. Great location. The owner Ann was so helpful and knowledgeable about the area. Such a beautiful and hard working family who does such a great job running this place! A cabin with a kitchen, hot showers, plenty of linens. We loved our little space for 3 days. Close to many fun activities. We would definitely stay... More 

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San Clemente, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plus: nice kitchen, family room, friendly staff, plenty of linens Minus: all beds upstairs but bath downstairs, no head room upstairs, stairs hard to walk down, beds hard, pool only open when it is 70 degrees, jacuzzi stated as only for adults

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johndvorak777, Owner at Shady Rest Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. The unit you stayed in is our Hunting Lodge. The floor plan for this cabin is posted on our website at shady-rest-motel.com. The main floor of this cabin has two private bedrooms, each with a queen bed. There is also a full kitchen, dining table, a living room with two... More 

Denver, Colorado
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Superb location : 2 blocks from main street but against woods and very quiet. Park with kids playground across street. Free pool passes to city pool 3 blocks away. Clean cabin. Exceptional service by extraordinarily lovely couple who could not be more helpful or welcoming

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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great home base for our trip to Custer State Park and surrounding National Park and Monuments. We had an absolutely wonderful time. We booked early and got one of the newer cabins. We stayed in #11--a super cute, efficiency-type cabin within walking distance of main street. Anne and John are very welcoming and gave us great ideas... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having read all the glowing reviews, checking into our cabin was an immediate and overwhelming disappointment. Our first impressions--cramped, musty, dismal and dim! I'm sure Amy and John are fine people, but the only positives we can say are that the cabin was clean and we never ran out of hot water! These cabins are old and have been "remodeled"... More 

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johndvorak777, Owner at Shady Rest Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are sorry you were disappointed. The unit you stayed in is our Cabin 6 which is one of our historic cabins. The charm of this cottage is, in part, in the very things that set it apart from a completely modern motel including its original windows and door, covered... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We traveled cross country and stayed at 15 different places of all types. This was one of our favorites. The ambience of the cabin group is cozy and quaint and memorable. Look at the chart on the website to pick a spot. We were in the row in the back, a little up the hill, so it felt a little... More 

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Kaysville, Utah
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We spent a week in cabin 7 and had a wonderful time. It's small but big enough for us. The kitchen was very nice to have altho we enjoyed eating out a bit more than we should have. 7 is the only cabin with a bathtub and I really appreciated that. It's a good deep tub and the showerhead is... More 

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Madison, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

While in the Black Hills, we traveled to Custer, SD where we visited the Shady Rest Motel. What an outstanding place to stay!! The cabins are private, clean, cozy, rustic and very comfortable. You can cook your own meals with the complete kitchens and provided dishware. The views are spectacular and hiking around the place is a blast. The park... More 

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