My husband and I just returned from staying in Deadwood for the South Dakota Festival of Books. When we're in Deadwood, we normally stay at The Bullock Hotel, which I love. But this time, The Bullock was full so we decided to stay at The Franklin, another historic hotel in downtown Deadwood.
BAD decision! While the hotel has a beautiful, grandiose lobby area with a great selection of slot machines and table play, the actual hotel itself is another story. Our first room was on the second floor, a smoking room with two queen beds. My husband and I normally like to have our own beds while traveling, but we are non-smokers and the only rooms with two beds at this hotel are smoking rooms. The room smelled so strongly of smoke that my husband and I could barely breathe. Also, we found two wasps buzzing around the room as well as a humongous pine beetle. Since I'm allergic to wasps, we left the room right away and went back to the front desk agent. She sent maintenance up to kill the bugs. Even so, we decided we wanted to switch rooms to a non-smoking single queen room.
This single queen room on the fourth floor smelled a lot better, but it was incredibly rundown. The walls were cracked, the bed was creaky, and the bedspread looked like it hadn't been washed for 50 years. The toilet seat had liquid all over it (probably from being cleaned recently). The doors were stiff and hard to open and close. There was an old TV in the room, but no coffee pot (which is essential to us). It looked and felt like a cheap motel room from 1950! The pillows were extremely uncomfortable, and we tossed and turned all night on the old queen mattress.
This hotel could be a great historic hotel like The Bullock--which is extremely comfortable due to modern renovations--without losing its historic integrity. The Franklin needs to take The Bullock's lead and renovate its rooms so that they are up to par with modern travelers' standards! But we found that this hotel cares more about being a casino rather than a hotel. We also ate breakfast at the Franklin's Silverado buffet the next morning, and the food was just gross. My scrambled eggs looked and tasted like they were covered in yellow food dye. Overall, we were extremely disappointed with our stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel and Gaming Complex is located at the Top of Main in the Historic town of Deadwood, SD. The Silverado & Franklin feature over 375 state of the art slot machines, 22-blackjack tables and 5 live poker tables in one of Deadwood's most elegant poker rooms. Callahan's Irish Pub and the Veranda (seasonal) serve all of your favorite spirits as does the lounge at the Silverado. Crab Festival every Friday and Saturday. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel And Gaming Complex
- Silverado Franklin Historic Deadwood
- Historic Franklin Hotel