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Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge

12620 Highway 244, Hill City, SD 57745-8902
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#10 of 11 hotels in Hill City
Whether exploring the spectacular views of Mount Rushmore National Park, hiking through Custer State Park, climbing Harney Peak, or enjoying the day at Sylvan Lake, the Lodge at Palmer Gulch mixes the adventure and relaxation of the outdoors with the convenience of resort style accommodations:∙ 62 lodge rooms∙ 20 full-service private cabins∙ 10 row cabin duplex rooms∙ 6 executive lodges∙ 3 meeting facilities. We also offer fine dining, shopping, and family friendly itineraries!
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Vending machine
Horseback riding
Mini golf
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Drdruid wrote a review Sep 2020
Bellingham, Washington340 contributions58 helpful votes
Okay the room was fine the beds were fine , the staff were fine but we had the experience of expectations that were not met at this resort we stayed for 4 nights 1) the facility was about to close for the season although the lodge seems full to capacity every night 2) their pancake breakfast had closed so that expectation was not met and we had to find breakfast offerings off sight that were few and far between 3) No room service at all 4) the horse back riding had closed 5) as this was attached to a huge KOA place we got the feeling that the KOA was still going strong but less strong at the lodge - micro complaints I guess - it was clean and there was coffee downstairs - and it was very central to all of the things we got to experience
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Amber Phipps wrote a review Jul 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
I have been trying to cancel my reservation for a month now and am not able to EVER get a hold of someone! They want almost 300 dollars to cancel my reservation that isn’t not for a month still. I have tried every form of communication I know to be able to get a hold of someone! Nobody EVER responds. I even had the 3rd party that I use try to contact them and nothing! Makes me feel like this place is a sham! I would never recommend this “resort” to ANYONE! Stay away from this place.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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shellerRenee wrote a review Jul 2020
Gurnee, Illinois220 contributions109 helpful votes
We booked our stay for July 1st and july 2nd back in April. Asked to have the rooms by eachother, they were not but were on same floor. It was a busy week, couldnt be fixed, not a big deal. Ofcourse I ended up in the room by the ice machine rm 222 and of course the review that mentioned the jack hammer sound, well thats exactly what I got. But its not from the ice machine. Every time a room runs the shower the noise starts off and on, i heard it till midnight when I finally fell asleep, not good when I had to get up at 6am to go sight seeing.The resort area has terrible cell phone service, and very few TV channels but we weren't there for that. The resort was clean, many of the workers seemed to be new and didn't really know what was going on. Down in the fun zone social distancing wasn't really a thing. Kids everywhere practically riding bikes into our van. We rented the 4 seater bike and went on the water slide, we wanted to use the pool but you have to get a time reserved and we didnt do that cuz we were busy for most of the day driving around Custer park. We didn't eat at the resort, we tried to stay away from crowds and the smell of horse poo was pretty bad by the stables. We did enjoy petting the horses though. The hot tub in the hotel was open so we went in there for a bit. We enjoyed our stay and hope to be back some day. We will always remember the crazy hail storm during our stay, so will my van.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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_dbraun7247 wrote a review Aug 2019
Falls Church, Virginia12 contributions7 helpful votes
Stayed in a room on the second floor near the ice machine. It had periodic loud noise episodes, about every 15-20 minutes, like a jack hammer. Asked Front desk and they said they did not here the noise I described. It happened several more times. Went to front desk and again they did not hear it. Said they would call engineering. Engineering never came. That the front desk staff did not hear the noise is absurd. They need to be trained in customer service. I do not like being lied to. Makes me wonder if the manager gave them a script to tell clients who have herd the same noise, to blow them off. Other than that it was a nice place.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Room Tip: Ask not to be near the ice machine.
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Nancy G wrote a review Jul 2019
Boyne City, Michigan292 contributions86 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights while visiting the Badlands/Black Hills. The lodge itself is comfortable and well appointed. We had a king room with balcony on the second floor, that was clean and quiet. However, we felt the name to be misleading in that the lodge is not a stand alone resort. It's part of a KOA campground. We were expecting resort amenities such as WI-FI, 2-3 upscale restaurants, etc.. This is truly a destination for families with children, not for adults seeking natural beauty and serenity in the heart of the Badlands. While the lodge advertises WI-FI, it was not operational during our stay, and in fact, our cell phone voice service could not be activated, so our only form of communication was intermittent text messages. The hot tub hours were very limited, the free breakfast selections were below average, and the only restaurant/pub on the property was The Peak, which had limited family-style menus, limited seating and did not take reservations. The lodge should also consider providing directions with its confirmation, as GPS sent us to Palmer Gulch Road in Hill City, which is several miles out of the way. Again the lodge itself is well done, but this is definitely a campground in terms of crowds, food and beverage and activities, and not a 4 or 5-star resort.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Mount Rushmore National Memorial (2.6 miles), Needles Highway (4.1 miles), and Needles Eye (4.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alpine Inn, Prairie Berry Winery, and Desperados Cowboy Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Mount Rushmore Resort & Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Holy Terror Mini Golf (5.6 miles).