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“Good Hotel-2 Block Walk for Swimming” 4 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   301 Third Avenue, Medora, ND 58645   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Medora
Fargo, North Dakota
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Good Hotel-2 Block Walk for Swimming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

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.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Fargo, North Dakota
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192 reviews 192 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2011

Nice hotel with a good restuarant on the ground floor in the center of the city. Very clean with excellent showers.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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Chicagoland, Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

This was our final planned stop on our 2-week, 4,100-mile Yellowstone & Dakotas road trip during mid-June 2011, and as you could guess, we were pretty much running on fumes by the time we arrived in Medora. The Rough Riders Hotel was the perfect way to cap the ‘vacation’ portion of our trip before we embarked on the drudgery of whipping home thru North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The hotel perked us up and put smiles on our faces. Very, very glad we stayed.

Our lodging during this trip fell into 3 categories: Standard (Hampton Inns; Canyon Lodge at Yellowstone); Historic (Old Faithful Inn; Lake Yellowstone Hotel); and something my wife called ‘Western Chic’ (The Cody in Cody, Wyo.; Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole). … Don’t mistake Western Chic for necessarily being a luxury resort that will wait on you hand-and-foot – sadly, $150 to $300 doesn’t get you that anymore. This is something spiffier and fun and in some cases more modern & expensive than Standard lodging. The Rough Riders is classic ‘Western Chic’ …

The exterior of the place is handsome. The lobby is impressive. The restaurant served a great breakfast that was worth the splurge. Wish the place had a pool, but we were only here one night. Our new-wing view was pretty creepy – straight over a backyard, but again, we were only here one night and I was the only one who bothered to pull up the blinds and take a look just out of curiosity. … It’s close to the Musical and the beautiful National Park and the interstate. The Rough Riders hotel is the heartbeat of the tiny, sleepy-but-super downtown and really completes the Medora experience. We loved it.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

What a wonderful place to relax and enjoy! Rough Riders is anything but rough. This place has it all, luxurious beds and bedding, CLEAN, new and inviting rooms. There is a library in the main hallway with comfortable chairs for honing up on the history of this Theodore Rooseveldt National Park area of the country. A delightful full service restaurant and bar invite you to enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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new haven, ct
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244 reviews 244 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

Stayed here as part of a conference. I had stayed in Medora years ago at the AmericInn which was satisfactory and I remember seeing the Rough Riders then, which hadn't yet been updated and looked about as it must have when TR stayed. But in 2008 it underwent a big renovation and it is by far the nicest hotel in western North Dakota (and beyond I'm sure). In fact I was booked into a Dickinson hotel for the fourth night of the conference - only one night in Medora as that is where the formal dinner was being held - and I decided to stay in Medora for the last night as well as it only added 30 miles to the trek back to the Bismarck airport. I am very glad I made that decision because, as nice as the hotel in Dickinson was, this one is much nicer.

The lobby is nice, high-ceilinged, with gilded replacement tin panels. There's a gas fireplace and stained glass prairie style lighting, comfy leather chairs...the rooms are state of the art (we didn't stay in the historic side but I can't imagine they are any less nice) with the huge walk-in rain shower (complete with custom glass tile with TR's cattle brands nestled amongst the rough stone tile) with arched doorway and the bison print welcoming you to said shower. The room has interesting glass/wrought iron tables and plenty of light, various lamps, sconces and recessed lighting, wooden venetian blinds (no curtains - much cleaner looking and cleaner to boot), plasma tv, bolsters, etc. Plenty of amenities (organic papaya I think). There's a nice outdoor patio with umbrella tables (though we didn't really use them in October) and of course the view, smack dab in the center of the Badlands, is impressive.

Staff is good at what they do. My only complaint was that there was enough coffee with the coffeemaker to make Juan Valdez a very happy man, but not one tea bag, and they had none at the desk either.

Room had a small refrigerator also.

We stayed in low season and with a group rate so it was a great deal. However, even in high season the price is not out of line for a hotel of this caliber.

Spa across the street which the hotel has in its binder, although it is not part of the hotel. I had a quick massage there, all I could fit in...it was quite nice. They also do equine and dog massages. This is North Dakota after all!

Room Tip: We overlooked the driveway on the third floor which gave us a great view of the town and buttes,
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

Loved this hotel, so comfortable and the showers were amazing. Beware the cute teddy teddy which they sit in your room which invites you to purchase it at reception for $25. Great location - so central. Thought the restaurant was a bit expensive - but we didn't try it so the food could have been amazing!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
133 hotel reviews
Reviews in 136 cities Reviews in 136 cities
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

wow - what a nice gorgeous fancy place in a wondeful little town --- we had a great time here -- loved the hotel -- as mentioned in other reviews - this was in the updated modern newly added tower section, so i can't speak for the historic rooms --- a little expensive, but you do get a beautiful room for the money

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 301 Third Avenue, Medora, ND 58645
Location: United States > North Dakota > Medora
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Medora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Rough Riders Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 76
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 

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