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“Exactly What We Wanted” 4 of 5 stars
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Dakotah Lodge
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3200 West Russell Street, Exit 81 off I-29, Sioux Falls, SD 57107 (Formerly Brimark Inn)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 51 Hotels in Sioux Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Exactly What We Wanted”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We have stayed MANY different places in Sioux Falls for the Christmas holiday over the last 30 years. Basically all we do is sleep in our hotel since we spend most of our time with family in town. We had gotten tired of spending well over $100 a night for a room we just slept in. I read the reviews on Tripadvisor and decided we would try the Brimark in for the 4 nights we were in Sioux Falls this year over Christmas. The rate was great, the staff very friendly, the rooms clean, the wi-fi reliable, the breakfast just enough and the location was great. The newly remodeled rooms were nice and the breakfast room was very cool. My only complaint was that our room was not cleaned one of the days we were there, but the front desk staff adjusted our bill with no hassle at all. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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s.d.granny, General Manager at Dakotah Lodge, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay. Our goal is to provide you a great nights lodging with all the amenities ,at a fraction of the cost . I must address the fact your room was not cleaned one day . I am sorry it wasn't mentioned to you upon check in. Our housekeepers all have families and Christmas is the only holiday we try very hard to give them the whole day off. We usually only have a few rooms occupied over Christmas so we try to notify everyone that the front desk has everything they may need but we will not be cleaning their rooms that day. I am sorry this inconvenienced you. Thank you again for staying with us and hope to see you again soon. Donna Gratzfeld General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

From other reviews I expected the Brimark to be clean and friendly and I wasn't disappointed. What I didn't expect was the modern, designer look of my room. From the oversized leather chair to the stylish bathroom features to the wall colors and decorations, I felt like I was in a upscale 4-5 star hotel in a major urban center.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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s.d.granny, General Manager at Dakotah Lodge, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
WOW, thank you for such a great review. 5 stars is our goal so whenever we get it the whole staff is thrilled. It makes us very proud to be able to give you the kind of room and service that exceeded your expectations. Thank you for choosing us, it was our pleasure to serve you. Donna Gratzfeld ,General Manager
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wyoming
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

this hotel was very nice. friendly staff. clean quiet large rooms. right off of I-29. waffles, biscuits & gravy, cereal, toast, fruit for breakfast. great price. they are under construction, which didnt interupt our stay and the pillows are very small. we asked for an extra pillow and got it right away. would stay there again when in sioux falls, sd

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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s.d.granny, General Manager at Dakotah Lodge, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are happy to have been of service to you. we will be looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you for staying with us. Donna Gratzfeld, Genera lManager
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Wasilla, Alaska
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187 reviews 187 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 69 cities Reviews in 69 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed at the Brimark on our way back across the continent. It was a great night's rest after a long drive. The staff was super helpful and very friendly! I would stay again if ever in the area again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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s.d.granny, General Manager at Dakotah Lodge, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for your great review. 5 stars makes us very happy. We are glad we were able to provide you with a comfortable stay and a good value. Happy travels, Donna Gratzfeld, General Manager
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Glendale, Arizona
Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 94 cities Reviews in 94 cities
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This is an independent hotel and shows they try hard and succeed. This is done right. It's comfortable from check-in to check-out. Very reasonable rates, about the nicest done place, tasteful then I've seen independent or chain. Decor is classic, neutral and still pretty unique bathroom. The room drapes and full and darkening. Had 'fridge with freezer; no microwave, but use the breakfast room one anytime. They are working on outside landscaping, but it's not in the way. Another thing, really easy door keycard and the breakfast standard fare. The peephole is tall for me and maids came knocking for service. I needed a health clinic and staff helped me find one and gave aide. I felt the most welcomed here then any on my 6 week trip.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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s.d.granny, General Manager at Dakotah Lodge, responded to this review, January 7, 2014
Thank you so much for staying with us and writing such a nice review. You will be glad to know that we have completed putting microwaves in every room as well as new single cup coffee makers .We are constantly striving to bring you the best in all amenities. We have now started construction on our new indoor pool and waterslide, this will enclose the u you mentioned and will contain our new elevator. Wishing you a Happy New Year , Donna Gratzfeld , General Manager
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We stayed in the Brimark on the way to the Black Hills and could not have found a better stop. The rooms we great, clean and newly remodelled. The facilities provided for our needs perfectly. Finally, the friendly staff added the cherry to the top of our stay!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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s.d.granny, General Manager at Dakotah Lodge, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Thank you for your lovely review. It is so appreciated that you would take the time. Our entire staff reads our reviews and they are so proud when they are mentioned. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again soon. Donna Gratzfeld, General manager
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grandmahenry
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300 reviews 300 reviews
58 hotel reviews
Reviews in 133 cities Reviews in 133 cities
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This was our last hotel for this trip and it was pretty near perfect. A king-sized bed in a nice big room, 4 fluffy pillows, everything else you could wish for, a small but updated bathroom with a wonderful handmade soap holder on the wall. Free WiFi. Decent breakfast in the NICEST breakfast room I have ever been in and I have been in quite a few; the design and old country decor were lovely. If I could have stolen the old fridge and stove I would have! They were gorgeous. Lovely friendly staff, even the other guests were friendly. ANd the price was unbelievable. Our sole teeny, tiny complaint was that we couldn't seem to get to breakfast without going outside. Would recommend it to anyone and next time we are in SD, we know where to stay. They are even pet-friendly. :-)

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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s.d.granny, General Manager at Dakotah Lodge, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Thank you so much for the great review. Glad we could provide you with a comfortable stay. The breakfast room is a favorite with many of our guests. it reminds one of a simpler time. Please keep coming back and watch the progress on the new waterplayland . Donna Gratzfeld, General Manager
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Address: 3200 West Russell Street, Exit 81 off I-29, Sioux Falls, SD 57107 (Formerly Brimark Inn)
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Location: United States > South Dakota > Sioux Falls
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 51 Hotels in Sioux Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Dakotah Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This totally remodeled property is an all masonry construction which makes our rooms so very quiet.We have interior corridors, a beautiful courtyard with a guest barbeque grill, fireplace, waterfall with a large seating and eating area great for group gatherings. Refrigerators, microwaves,coffee makers, flat screen T.V.S in every room. Rooms have new beds either 2 queen or 1 king.We have a business center and fitness center.Complimentary hot breakfast. Indoor pool, 167 foot waterslide and kids play area. Waterpark is for registered guests only. ... more   less 
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