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13389 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
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#14 of 18 in Custer
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Located in Custer State Park, this family accommodation once served as housing for the state's game keepers.
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Alek wrote a review May 19
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We stopped by the State Game Lodge for dinner on the first day of our vacation and ended up coming back every day after because we had so much fun. The food is amazing and the bar staff Mark and Bobby were very personable, entertaining and created some great drinks for us. The executive chef Sarah also talked with us about her passion of cooking and was very personable. We would highly recommend stopping by for dinner and some drinks! Thank you for making our stay so much fun! We will be back.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Patrick G wrote a review May 10
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We had drinks and appetizers in the bar, and Bobby the bartender kept us entertained the whole time! He is a true connoisseur of beer! We tasted the rattlesnake sausage - loved it. Great stop, we’ll be back!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Paul G wrote a review Oct 2021
Tucson, Arizona3788 contributions611 helpful votes
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We were here for The 2021 Round Up and This establishment provided us with an exceptional stay. We were in a large sleeping cabin for three nights and the solitude and privacy were very much appreciated. This is a two bed large room with a small refrigerator, coffee pot and small microwave. Everything is in one room so do not expect a separate living or bedroom. Keep in mind that you are the middle of the park, Your internet will NOT work in the room and it is a comfortable walk to The Lodge and you will be fine. The opportunity to see wildlife is a possibility, however, do not be disappointed if you do not as they do not work to your schedule;
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Date of stay: September 2021
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mountiamsandcanyons wrote a review Sep 2021
Elgin Illinois832 contributions396 helpful votes
For those of you who want to unplug and disconnect, this is a wonderful place to stay. Our family of 4 stayed in a two bedroom housekeeping cabin in early September 2021. I am used to staying in national park lodging when exploring the parks so this was actually a slight upgrade considering it had a tv and cell phone service. I dont do wifi or computer wile on vacation but i heard from people staying here that service is slow. The lodge is basically located in the center of custer state park. right next to the wild life loop and visitor center. Ideal for those who want to explore the park. We drove here from Illinois and wanted a kitchen to cook some of our meals so we could save some money. so we chose a cabin instead of the lodge. from what little time we spent in the lodge, it looked nice in the common areas and restaurant but otherwise not much to see if your just passing by. the cabins are located just down the street from the main lodge. our cabin had two separate bed rooms , one with 2 queen size beds, the other with one queen and a pull out sofa (we did not use). One full bathroom with shower and tub , and a kitchen complete with fridge, stove, microwave, and coffee maker. There was an enclosed back porch that come in handy for storing extra items like empty coolers. and was a great place to safely watch the buffalo heard that surrounded our cabin. We found everything to our liking during our stay, my only wish is there was more than just the one bath room. this worked ok with just the 4 of us but i can see how this would be a problem for a group of 6 or more. aside from the check in we had almost no contact with the staff. we came home every day to find the cabin had been cleaned and the towels had been replaced as well as the soaps or whatever else we used or needed. so good job house keeping. What makes this place special is you have an excellent chance of seeing wild life just outside the door of your cabin. in the 5 days we stayed here we saw deer, big horn sheep, mule deer, antelope, wild turkeys , and buffalo , and buffalo and buffalo. on one day wile enjoying lunch at the cabin pick nick table, we watched a heard of around 200 descend from the mountain side to cover the open meadow in front of the cabins . after we retreated into the cabin the heard surrounded us at one point. ( priceless) than moved on. You dont get opportunities like that very often . you for sure dont get that at hotels in town. I also liked being able to park just outside the cabin (no long walks to the room).As far as value goes, i thought what we paid was fair for what we got. not a bargain but not a rip off. I would most definitely stay here again. beds were comfortable, cabin was clean, rooms were good size. had a tv. away from crowded towns and noise. What more could you want.......
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Date of stay: September 2021
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MCCTyler wrote a review Sep 2021
Tyler, Texas65 contributions53 helpful votes
You cannot beat the location, but that's about it. The rooms are adequate, but dated. The staff at the motel and in the restaurant were not interested in working and need a lesson in basic courtesy and manners. This could be a wonderful place, but it needs some work, and it is not a good deal for the price.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Lysippos wrote a review Sep 2021
San Francisco, California218 contributions169 helpful votes
This is a wonderful location in Custer State Park. And it oozes with charm. President Coolidge used it as a summer White House. The restaurant has much charm and a good menu. Wild animals are seen all over the grounds: buffalo, deer and mountain goals. A delightful exxperiennce.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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sajlanfear wrote a review Sep 2021
Bristol, United Kingdom5 contributions3 helpful votes
We came to Custer on business and were sadly disappointed with our stay. Whilst the location within the park is great the service we received for the price point of 260-300USD per night was extremely poor. The rooms/ cabins have their own charm but are in need of updating. The staff were for the most part unhelpful, absent or rude. Check-in felt like i was an inconvenience to them and a hassle. The restaurant staff were poorly managed, had no positive atmosphere about them, the whole experience again felt like an inconvenience to them. The food was good at times but highly variable. We experienced raw chicken and chicken so tough we couldn’t get a knife into it. The replacement was even tougher. We were refunded for the meal but not what you would expect from a restaurant of this price/standard. At 2030 the man with the hoover came out in full force hoovering the carpet around us before we had finished our meal. We felt rushed to get on with it and weren’t even offered the option of desert. It felt like there was no official training of the waiting staff who were for the most part quite abrupt and just wanted to finish their shift. We were highly aware of that. The prime table that you walk past from the bar to the restaurant was taken up by staff folding napkins and not attending to guests in any way. They just ignored us when stood looking for someone to man the bar and serve us drinks. I worked as a waitress for several years and we would never do our chores in front of the public. Every time we went to the bar if was unstaffed and we had to wait 5-10 minutes to get a drink and were made ti feel unwelcome when the bar staff did return. The whole time we were pushed to give tips despite the clearly lack lustre service that basically made us feel like we were of great inconvenience to the staff and they just wanted us out as quickly as possible. We actually found the hoovering quite entertaining as we were on business and not picking up the tab but had we been on holiday it would have been a really bad experience. I feel like the lodge is in need of a good front of house that welcomes guests and is on top of the staff doing their best to give guests a good experience. Also question the name of the lodge as “The White House” as derogatory and supportive of the colonial slave trade era. Perhaps it is time to do the right thing and change the name. The house is not white and thus not appropriate in this day and age. The highlight was seeing the bison roaming freely around the lodge grounds. A sight to behold.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
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fraidycats wrote a review Sep 2021
NewJersey787 contributions25 helpful votes
Just because the State Game Lodge was the Summer Whitehouse for Calvin Coolidge and Dwight Eisenhower do not think it is a 5 star RESORT hotel. It is a historic lodge, charming in its own way. The porch, lobby and dining room are all quite lovely. Our "hotel" room was clean, and adequate. Def had a rustic cabin feel. It also overlooked the parking lot, which was disappointing UNTIL we woke up in the morning and saw BISON wandering around the lot and the cars. (Thankful I was not in a tent lol) The bathroom is quite small, and the room was dark. I felt they needed to upgrade the lightbulbs...and the tv..but are you really there to watch tv? We arrived at 4pm, and our room was ready for check in, We made 5pm dinner reservations so we could drive wildlife loop and take our time after dinner. Loved the dining room and our dinner. Definitely had a historic charm and reminded me of the dining hall at summer camp.. in a good way. Our server was great and dinner was good. Wildlife loop starts right there at the lodge and we were rewarded with lots of bison, and a herd on the road surrounding the car. The following morning we awoke to find the Iron Mountain Road to Mount Rushmore was right at our door step. The staff was all friendly and helpful. Loved the location, history ...it was what we came for. If you are looking for a modern Marriott room it will not be for you.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Tracy B wrote a review Sep 2021
Morrilton, Arkansas16 contributions10 helpful votes
The rooms were old and dated. I understand this is a historic lodge but it has not been kept up. For the price, stay outside the park and just go into the park early to see the wildlife. The rooms were very tiny and you had to squeeze between the foot of the bed and tv. The carpets were sticky and I didn’t want to remove my shoes. Dining options are nonexistent. We got there about 6 pm and the restaurant had no more availability. Breakfast in the morning didn’t start till late and we wanted to be up and driving the wildlife loop, so didn’t eat there. Coffee maker in room was terrible and there was no creamers or sugars.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Wanderer618353 wrote a review Sep 2021
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Park is a great place to visit. Wild life really showed off for us. Sylvan Lake was beautiful. Food at the lodge was good and the waiter and waitress were fantastic, With that said, would not stay at the Lodge again. Booked six months in advance. Thought I had paid in full, even had a conformation that said I owed $0.00 at check in. Got to Lodge and was told I owed for my room upon disputing this the young girl at the desk called reservations and was informed that reservations failed to run my credit card. Six months had went by and I had not been informed of this, not through email, not through text. Shortly after going to our room, someone tried to enter with a room key. Upon talking to the front desk, once again the young lady calls reservations and is informed that reservations had switched my room but failed to update in the system. I had to pack up all my belongings and move to a different building. Visit the park, stay at High Country Guest Ranch. Its cheaper and the room was much nicer.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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PRICE RANGE
$203 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
state game hotel custer, state game resort
LOCATION
United StatesSouth DakotaCuster
NUMBER OF ROOMS
101
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Frequently Asked Questions about State Game Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to State Game Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Wildlife Loop Road (1.7 miles), Legion Lake (4.1 miles), and Black Hills Playhouse (3.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at State Game Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at State Game Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at State Game Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at State Game Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to State Game Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Badger Hole Historic Site (2.7 miles).
Does State Game Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.
Is State Game Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.