While staying in The Hills, I came across the Battle Creek Lodge and thought that I'd give it a try. Boy what a mistake. I should have known that something was wrong when the person who booked me in was intoxicated at 1:30 in the afternoon. They don't take credit cards and perfer cash only. There was junk all over the place inside and out as if there was remodeling going on but there wasn't. I wasn't impressed with the looks of the place. I had decided then and there that I wasn't going to eat in the place as the lodge didn't come across as being a clean place.
The "best room in the house" wasn't. Or if it was then I'd hate to see what the other rooms looked like. When I opened the door to the room I got a smell of old, musty. like the room is not cleaned or at the very least it's not vented very often. The rooms are small. Much smaller than a regular hotel room. It was dark and if one opens the front windows you get the sound of traffic going by as the lodge is off of the highway about 30 feet. The hot tub smelled SO bad of chemicals that no person in my party wanted to get into it. We had gone out and enjoyed the sights in the Hills and returned to try the wine tasting and cheese. That was the first time in my life that I've had wine out of a bag. It was so bad that I couldn't drink it and refused any thing else. Then there was an anoying dog of the intoxicated owner that was barking ALL the time. We stayed there that night and left without looking back as soon as possible the next morning. I would have enjoyed sleeping in a tent on the ground more than staying at the Battle Creek Lodge.
When looking to write a review of the place I had come across a positive review of the Lodge. I suspect that it was written by the owner of the lodge to get free advertising as nothing that I saw was even close to what the review I had read.
I do not recommend that anyone stay at this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Battle Creek Lodge is a quaint Lodge located just minutes away from Mt Rushmore, in the beautiful and Historic Keystone South Dakota. Just blocks away from the Keystone "strip"' Battle Creek provides you the benefit of being within walking distance to all of the local attractions, restaurants, and bars- without the noise and chaos to keep you awake at night. A gas fire pit to enjoy on the cool evenings and a Breakfast that will jump start your vacation though the hills are just a few of the things Battle Creek has to offer. Owned and operated by locals, you are sure to get an insiders guide on what to see and do during your stay, by people who REALLY care about your vacation and are committed to making your time in the Black Hills enjoyable and memorable. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Battle Creek Hotel Keystone