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First Gold Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   270 Main Street, Deadwood, SD 57732   |  
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Ranked #17 of 22 hotels in Deadwood
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“Easy Parking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011 via mobile

No problem finding parking and lots of room to walk the dog.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Gillette, Wyoming
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

We went away for the week-end and took our little dog along. He's very good but I was told ahead of time that there was an additional $25 charge for him. That made the room almost $100. Everyone knows that motels have to do "extra cleaning" of pet rooms. Whatever! The room smelled and there were stains in the carpet. They showed us another pet room if we wanted to move. Wasn't any better but it did come with some dog food on the floor. It's quite a racket motels have with pet charges.

Room Tip: I wish I would have looked at the room first.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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mrg1143, Owner at First Gold Hotel, responded to this review, February 18, 2012
The pet policy is a refundable deposit of $25.00, not an outright extra charge. the $25 is returned if there is no mess by the pet in the room. We welcome pets and have more walking space than any other Deadwood establishment. Thank you, the owner.
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Urbandale, IA
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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2 helpful votes 2 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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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 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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42 helpful votes 42 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
2 reviews
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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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Additional Information about First Gold Hotel

Address: 270 Main Street, Deadwood, SD 57732
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Location: United States > South Dakota > Deadwood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Casino Hotel in Deadwood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — First Gold Hotel 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Largest hotel property in Deadwood with 200 rooms. Also most free parking spaces including a 3 level covered parking garage. 24 hour security staff, video cameras and well lighted parking area. Breakfast buffet with omelets made to order, lunch buffet with salad and soup and desert bars , evening buffet with prime rib nightly. Largest casino in Deadwood with live table games and large variety of slot machines. Beer, wine and liquor available from 7 AM to 2 AM. ... more   less 
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