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“Shabby but clean. Too expensive for July 4” 2 of 5 stars
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Econo Lodge Mt. Rushmore Memorial
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   908 Madill Street, SR 40 E, Keystone, SD 57751   |  
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Ranked #13 of 14 Hotels in Keystone
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“Shabby but clean. Too expensive for July 4”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2009

I stayed at this hotel for one night, on the night of the Mount Rushmore fireworks. The hotel is nearly a mile away from the town, so if you plan to walk up the hill to watch the fireworks, it's better to drive to town and try to park a bit closer -- you'll save at least 1/2 mile each way.

The hotel room and furnishings were not as good as I would expect from an Econolodge. The room is very small and oddly configured. It's an "L" shape, and the bed is in a nook that's only about 2 feet wider than the bed, so you have to be a little creative getting into bed. The TV is on a credenza, and with the TV on the very end, it's pretty visible from the bed, but kind of off to the side.

The view from my room on the second floor at the back was actually pretty nice -- grassy back yard, with a couple of houses far enough behind that you don't feel like they can see into your room.

The mattress seemed very old and way too soft. The breakfast was o.k., though the "orange juice" was undrinkable, as it was so diluted.

At $169, this was one of the less expensive hotels in town for the fireworks night, but it definitely isn't worth that kind of price.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2009

We stayed for one night. The price was high in my opinion for the shoe box of a room we had. We've stayed in other small town motels that had better rooms. Though I'm a smoker, we always get non-smoking rooms and this non-smoking room was definitely a former smoking room, which had not been recovered properly.

The front desk person could not have been nicer or more helpful.

If you're staying for a night and can't find a better price in the area, it's an OK place to sleep and shower. The breakfast was very basic, but we expected that.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Red Wing, MN
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2009

I booked two free reward nights at this place knowing I was not booking anything more than an Econo Lodge, and a free one at that. When I figured out where it was (off the main drag, kinda out on the edge of town) I was pretty disappointed. Need to get in the car to get to town. Town is busy, so no place to park. The place had an overall creepy feeling to it. Not totally run down, but not very updated either. Rooms were pretty dated and small and I booked the biggest "suite" they had. Very glad I did not have to pay for the room. Spent first night there, and decided to skip the second night. Booked that one at the White House Resort, which I'd been to before. Much better location, rooms, atmosphere, and priced the same. I'd recommend avoiding this dive and choosing one of the other properties available in Keystone. It was not worth toughing out another depressing night, even for free.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2008

We stayed here on the 4th of July for one night. It is clean, comfortable, and close to everything. Front desk was polite and helpful. It is an EconoLodge so the sheets are thin and there are no amenities like soap in the bathroom, but 80 dollars for a holiday night is great. Important thing is clean, quiet and comfortable!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — small bathroom
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2007

Pros: Clean. Shower and bathroom were clean. The only that was kind of iffy was between the tv and piece of paper that tells the channels was a little "gooey" or stick, but overall clean.

Cons: Breakfast. I guess you could say they try, kind of. Toast, English muffins, some mini muffins, apple juice, coffe, and soft boiled eggs. That's about it. Pretty small breakfast area, that was filled up around that peak breakfast time of 8:00 or so.

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We had a queen bed, and thought the room was a little small. Not a lot of room on either side of the bed before you hit wall. Maybe a 18".

Window airconditioner. Not unexpected and not bad. We checked in around 7:00pm, ran the thing full blast, walked around the town, came back around 9:00, and it was plenty cool in the room. If anything I thought it helped drown out any road noise or noise from other rooms that might occur.

The hotel is a little off the "strip", but that's not bad. It's only a two minute drive to the main walking area. We had a little trouble finding it initially. Like I said, it's kind of off the main drag, and back in a neighborhood, so just make sure you have it mapped out.

Considering we were travelling at peak summer vacation time, I guess I can't complain too much since this was probably the best priced alternative for the time frame. We stayed one night, and paid $90 ($97 with tax), which kind of seemed like a lot, but I believe the HI Express was like $180. We just used it as a place to sleep, so I guess it was fine.

If you've got the time and can spend 30 minutes driving around the town you could probably hit 6 or 7 hotels and see which one is the best deal.

  • Liked — Cleanliness
  • Disliked — Breakfast, price for what you got
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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panama city
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316 reviews 316 reviews
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255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2007

We arrived about 11:00 p.m. The office was closed but, they taped our keys to the door of the office. I had booked two rooms because there were 5 of us. The hotel was off a quiet street of a neighborhood. The room was very clean however, a little small.For the night it was fine for a quick one night stop. I would stay again because it was very close to Mt. Rushmore. we didn't stay for breakfast because we wanted the 5.00 breakfast at the foot of Mt.Rushmore.

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Independence, KY
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2007

we had 2 rooms and 2 children. rooms were smaller than expected. Staff was helpful. Was disapointed that the advertised continental breakfast was not available and no one was in the lobby to assist. would not recommend.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No breakfast, small rooms, smell
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 908 Madill Street, SR 40 E, Keystone, SD 57751
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Location: United States > South Dakota > Keystone
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #13 of 14 Hotels in Keystone
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Hotel Class:2 star — Econo Lodge Mt. Rushmore Memorial 2*
Number of rooms: 37
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