I go out to the Black Hills almost every summer to see family. For about the past 14 years we have been staying at Deadwood Gulch in Deadwood for part or most of our trip. I have always really liked this hotel because they have a lot of fun activities and themed nights in the gambling room. Even before I was old enough to gamble I always liked the atmosphere and themes. I have seen a lot of changes in this hotel throughout the years but always enjoy my stay. My grandparents used to always request for us to have a room by the creek and it was always nice to leave the windows open. There is some great hiking in the area, the Mickelson Trail runs right in front (an old railroad turned trail) and people on the decks are always spotting wildlife on the steep slope just behind the hotel (where the creek is).
A trolly comes to the hotel frequently to bring people to downtown Deadwood and it is pretty cheap. They do not have a pool anymore (and haven't for several years) but they do have a nice hot tub!