We have stayed here before and it was a no-brainer to select Cedar Pass Lodge again because of the amazing location in Badlands National Park. Unfortunately, the cabins are showing wear and tear and I guess it depends on what travelers are willing to live with for the chance to look out windows at the sun setting on moon-scaped land. First, check in was a bit slow as the person checking us in didn't seem to know what to do. She talked to us with her back to us and then sort of spinned around the office until she located the check-in sheets, which were right where we were standing. We were sent to our cabin, which is in a line of cabins with a grassy patch between facing cabins. Trees that once grew there are now gone, but the cabins are far apart so there is no issue of noise. We first noticed the cabins needed repair when we opened the screen door and most of the screen flapped in the breeze. The door did not fit so if we wanted to catch the breeze from outside, we couldn't use the screen door because every bug in the area would slip in. We noticed the cabin next to us had newspaper shoved in the window frame because the windows didn't fit correctly. Our front window did not even have a screen. Once inside the pine paneled room with western style wood furniture was inviting. The beds are extremely comfortable and feel new. Our bathroom floor needed cleaning though or replacing because it's impossible to clean anymore. Environmentally friendly procedures are in place with low flow shower heads, towel policies, recycling bins, and environmental light bulbs. On the down side: The towels are sandpaper thin and need replacing. Housekeeping needs to be a little more on the ball. We were there three nights and after the first night, we didn't get any replacement coffee cups or coffee so I had to retrieve some from the office. The next morning housekeeping drove by and asked if we needed any towels or sheets. We said no. I guess they took that as we didn't need anything because no one came in to make up the beds or to replace the coffee, clean the coffee pot, empty the garbage and recycling or anything else. And not through any fault of housekeeping, but the second night I pulled back the sheets of the bed and found a spider scooting across my pillow, a black ant running off the pillow and another spider racing across the sheets. The heating and air conditioning are new and work great, but more work needs to be done to update the cabins. Check out was much easier with a professional woman who offered us a free bag of ice since the ice machine wasn't working. Would we stay here again? Absolutely because of the location.
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