We love all the historic buildings in Deadwood, and the Franklin Hotel is no exception. Beautiful old building, full of quirky character. Unfortunately, I don't believe the Silverado Gaming complex is managing this old beauty the best they could. The downstairs has been renovated in big-budget, Reno / Vegas gaudy casino style, which is flashy and eye-catching, and has a certain beauty, but resulted in the loss of the hotel's original historic features (massive fireplace, parquet floors, period appropriate lighting fixtures, old elevator, assorted other original architectural features). As for the hotel rooms, they retain a lot of quirky, historic character, but you can definitely see that all the renovation funds went to the casino, not to the rooms. The carpeting is tired and dingy, the furnishings sparce, paint is peeling, et cetera... the rooms could really use a freshening. Still, we enjoyed the quirky old room we had for our three night stay, and I am not bothered by old rooms or old carpet, none of that adversely affected our stay -what affected our stay was the rock hard, uncomfortable bed, and the complete lack of any hot water in the mornings.
Usually, I rate all historic hotels very highly as I enjoy all the quirks that come with vintage lodgings, but the uncomfortable bed and luke-warm to cold water in the mornings set this review to average..
That being said, we stayed on weeknights in the off season, and the rate for our Historic room with a view of downtown Deadwood and a window that opened directly to the upper veranda was only $39.99 a night. The room was definitely worth that price, regardless of shortcomings.
- 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