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“Drive on past and stay down the street” 2 of 5 stars
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First Gold Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   270 Main Street, Deadwood, SD 57732   |  
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Ranked #20 of 23 Hotels in Deadwood
Urbandale, IA
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111 reviews 111 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Drive on past and stay down the street”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

It's a wild maze to find your room and that is only if you can find parking. The rooms are average. There isn't really a restaurant, more like cooking in a closet with 5 tables in the center of some slot machines and the food is less than mediocre. No waitresses. Unlike most gaming places, soda and coffee are not free. Nothing is free and the machines don't pay back very frequently.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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mrg1143, Owner at First Gold Hotel, responded to this review, October 26, 2011
If this visitor actually exists and stayed at First Gold, he/she would know that First Gold has over 400 parking spots and the only covered parking attached to building 3 of the 200 room complex. The only 5 tables mentioned as a restaurant is merely the after hours Deli, as our dining room seats 175 with the voted best prime rib dinner and best made to order omelettes for breakfast.
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

We stayed for 5 nights with 14 other couples as part of a getaway cruise with our Corvette club. We stayed in the Terrace rooms area up the hill from the casino building. They
reserved parking in the covered garage and had a car wash area set up for anyone to use.
The rooms were nice and the patio area was a great place to hook up at the beginning or the end of the day. We pretty much ate breakfast there as we were all over the place enjoying the scenery and great roads. If you walked away hungry it was because you didn't put enough on your plate. Kudos to Mr. Schladweiler and his staff for making this a great stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canfield, Ohio
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

I stayed here August 7th to the 11th during the Sturgis Bike Week. With that said - the price of the room was highly inflated. I knew that when I booked it.

I was in building 3 which is one of the new buildings. Check in was smooth. The room was clean and inviting. The bed was very comfortable. I would give this place a 3 star "rating" compared to the many other places I stay at.

The hotel is at least a mile from the downtown area. I know this because I walk alot and I know it takes me approx. 15 min to walk a mile at a casual pace....and it took 15 min to get downtown. But there are other places close to First Gold. Cadillac Jacks is “next” door (about a 4-5 min walk).

The room is only a couple minute walk to/from the casino and the hotel does offer a golf card ride back and forth from the rooms to the First Gold Casino for those can don’t want to or can’t walk far. The hotel is on a hill and maybe challenging for some. And there are a lot of steps if you choose to pass on the elevators.

The casino is nice, like all the other places in town. Lots of options from penny machines to $1 machines. They have the basic table games that South Dakota allows. I’m not a gambler, but my husband stayed entertained.

We ate the breakfast buffet 3 days. It is affordable, right around $15.00 for the two of us plus a tip. The food was ok. I opted for the fresh made omelet because I did not like the eggs they had in the trays. Bacon, sausage, fruit, toast…the usual.

I would stay here again if I decided to visit Deadwood again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room not facing the mountain wall.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New Castle, Pennsylvania
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38 hotel reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

The First Gold hotel in Deadwood, SD is a hidden treasure. It sits at the end of town on the mountain and has great access to downtown via the trolley next door that costs only $1.00. Although the property has 3 buildings at 3 levels, a golf cart comes as soon as it is called for, to transport you up or down. The food at the buffet is expemplary with a cut of prime rib to rival a high end steak house. Service is invariably friendly, with the exception of the breakfast hostess who is brusque, and check in is more than effiecient. Gaming is also available here at the building one casino, with complimentary appetizers and cookies. Rooms are up to date and clean and comfortable in building 3 where we stayed. All in all a good experience.

Room Tip: Buildings 2 & 3 have newer larger rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Billings, Montana
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

My husband and I went with another couple and thought the hotel was just fine for our needs. The rooms are nothing fancy, the beds were some of the hardest I ever slept on but we still slept fine. The check in was speedy and everyone we talked to was helpful and nice. It is a little to far to walk to downtown, but ask what times the deadwood trolley will be around. It is only $1 per person per ride, and it has 37 stops around Deadwood, so it is a pretty good value. We ate at the breakfast buffet on Saturday, there was plenty of room to sit, and the food was pretty good, I don't know if i would do it again though. As for the room price: It was at the beginning of Sturgis Bike week so everything was expensive. But overall I would stay here again if I couldn't get or afford something closer to downtown.

Room Tip: If you want a cheaper room, go when there is nothing else going on (such as sturgis)
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

The hotel was very clean and the staff were helpful and friendly. The atmosphere was more for an older crowd and the location was off the beaten path but the trolley was convenient for travel downtown.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

With the exception of the front desk lady, Mary, in building 3, the rest of the staff were rude, and condescending. The hotel is not ADA compliant. It is very inconvenient. I can not have caffeine and their decaf urn held caffeinated coffee with no designation that it was such.

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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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mrg1143, Owner at First Gold Hotel, responded to this review, October 26, 2011
The entire complex is most certainly ADA compliant because that is our duty as providers and also as required by law. Regarding the caffeine , this is the first time in 20 years to hear that complaint .
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Address: 270 Main Street, Deadwood, SD 57732
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Location: United States > South Dakota > Deadwood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Casino Hotel in Deadwood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — First Gold Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 201
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
First Gold Hotel & Gaming- "It's Where Deadwood Begins". Largest hotel property in Deadwood with 195 deluxe hotel rooms and 5 luxurious suites. We serve 3 Buffets everyday, featuring made to order omelets for breakfast, daily lunch specials and USDA Choice Prime Rib nightly. 11 Casino's filled with all your favorite slot machines and live blackjack table games. Free on-site parking including a covered parking garage, Free beer, wine and cocktails to players, Free Wi-Fi internet and Free Gold Club Players Card make First Gold Hotel your First Stop In Deadwood. ... more   less 
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