We took a trip to Medora because it is the place to go in North Dakota, or so we heard. The Roughrider is in the location best to walk to nearly everything, so if you are going to Medora, and can afford it--this is the place to stay.
The Rough Rider's Hotel is by far the most updated hotel in the area. Everything still smells new. The beds are exceptionally comfortable. The rooms are an average size, but the decor does feel really reasonable for the time and location. There is a picture in the lobby that is truly magnificent.
There is a restaurant in the hotel. Having arrived late with small children, we tried it. My husband and I both ordered steaks. They arrived overcooked. At first we talked to the "manager on duty." After another overcooked steak, we left a little grumpy as the place is not cheap. We were called by the management who took care of the meal.
When you stay at any hotel in Medora, you can charge anything at the Theodore Roosevelt Foundation (which is pretty much everything) to your room. This is great, but it can be very easy to spend all of your money without even realizing it.
There is no on site swimming pool at this hotel; however you can walk about 2 blocks and use the one at the motel down the road. This was fine with our children, but not everyone is comfortable walking down the road in their swimming suits.
Sadly, many of the rooms in the area were used by rough necks (oil field workers) and many of the hotels are completely booked by them. This makes the town more like a ghost town than a destination as it once was. Even the Rough Rider Hotel seemed a lot like that. It will certainly make me consider going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy luxury accommodations with the feel of the old west. The historic Rough Riders Hotel offers Medora visitors 68 new Tower guest rooms with all the modern comforts and elevator access, as well as 8 fully updated historic rooms in the heart of downtown Medora. Rough Rider guests enjoy one of the most luxurious lodging options in the area and access to multiple outdoor swimming pools. ... more less