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“Great location, great room and great value and Buffalo too!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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State Game Lodge
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   13389 Us Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730   |  
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Ranked #10 of 19 Hotels in Custer
Palatine, Illinois
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Great location, great room and great value and Buffalo too!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Stayed in early July!!! If you are going to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, avoid the traps of Rapid City and Keystone and stay in the middle of Custer State Park. This is a historic hotel. We had a great room and great price and we were in the middle of everything. You can do the wildlife loop and see the beggin burros, the prairies and deer. Most of all you can see buffalo! They were actually on the lawn right next to the lodge for a whole day! The room was clean and it was a great price! I cant say enough about this. Our kids loved staying in the park as well!

Room Tip: No elavator but you can pull up right to the second level
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  • Stayed July 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Buffalo burgers are super. The service was excellent. The jeep ride to the herd is worth the price. The jeep driver was a treat, very informative. We did not stay at the lodge so I can't rate the rooms. Great place.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

IFirst off, we stayed in the motel section of this property. There are MANY different setups. The room was clean and was perfect for our overnight to allow for 2 days to explore the park. The room was small, but the ability to be right in the park was worth it!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stayed two nights in July, 2013 in a cabin at the State Game Lodge, in Custer State Park, SD. The staff was amazing from the check-in to check-out I have never been treated so kind by an ENTIRE Staff and also the Manager. It was clear that they all had the attitude that this was our vacation and they wanted it to be the BEST! My husband and I had a few details that needed to be attended to and the Manager was spot on and took care of our requests without skipping a beat. Actually to be fair, he went above and beyond which is how the whole Staff treated our entire family for our mere two night stay. The cabin was rustic, which is what we wanted, but also had all the amenities that a regular hotel room would offer. We roasted hotdogs and made smores by night and had coffee at our picnic table by morning. The first morning was a special treat as we were greeted by the bison herd. I am sure that only at the State Game Lodge will I ever have my morning coffee with a herd of bison! My children will never forget staying here nor will my husband and I. It is clear that the Staff and Manager would do the same for you if you chose this Lodge as their work ethic and attitude is amazing!

Room Tip: We loved the cabin. You'll get a fire pit, picnic table and serenity!
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  • Stayed July 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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Custer, South Dakota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I had my wedding at State Game Lodge over the weekend and wanted to commend John, our banquet captain, for such a fantastic job. He was attentive and friendly-- doing everything he could to make everything run smoothly. All of our guests had such a great stay (mostly in the motel style lodging, but some were in cabins). My family rented the Creekside Cabin across Highway 16 and loved the recent updates (wood paneling, new décor/bedding). It was the perfect amount of cabin space and yard space for entertaining. My husband and I stayed a few nights in one of the sleeper cabins and were pleased with that as well! Thank you all for being so kind and hospitable!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Creekside Lodge (est. 2008) because we liked the newer room & amenities while being able to still experience the historical lodge for drinks and dinner. We were only able to stay at this location the one night (spent two previous nights in Rapid City) but definitely plan to return here for a longer stay in Custer State Park and the Black Hills area. Room was spacious, comfortable, clean just as I was told when we contacted the State Park hotel reservation desk for a recommendation based on our preferences (Thanks Shirley!).

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We only stayed here for one night on our road trip and it is slightly expensive but different from your normal chain hotels/motels. Has some history in that it was once a summer home for President Coolidge and President Eisenhower also visited.

Our room was in the lodge, room 41 - it was unusual in that it was T shaped, we walked in the room down a short narrow corridor and then the room opened up with 2 single beds up against the windows with the bottom end of the beds touching - not very romantic if you want to share a bed but very quaint. Clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Additional Information about State Game Lodge

Address: 13389 Us Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730
Location: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 19 Hotels in Custer
Hotel Class:3 star — State Game Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Custer State Park, this family accommodation once served as housing for the state's game keepers. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
State Game Hotel Custer
State Game Resort

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