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Rocket Motel

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Reviewed September 27, 2016

Enjoyed my stay here. The rooms are clean and beds are very comfy. Also internet is good and pretty fast. Location is good to explore the area. Plenty of parking available. Also you get a % off on several dining options upon showing your key.

Thank Gwen_BE
Carlsbad, California
Reviewed September 20, 2016

Very nice, clean room which had basically everything we needed. A little disappointed with the decor as I think I expected more of a retro feel. My main criticism would be the water pressure in the shower and the difficulty in keeping a constant temperature as it tended to go from ice cold to boiling hot in an instant, especially...

Thank Gills123_13
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

Probably the cleanest motel that we've ever stayed in! This our 3rd trip to the US and we have stayed in quite a few motels and the Rocket is probably the cleanest. The welcome was great and the room was good value all good - apparently there is also a jacuzzi but we didn't have a chance to see that....

Thank Mike L
Birmingham, Alabama
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We loved, loved, LOVED our stay! Our room was very welcoming, nice, clean, and very comfortable. The whole place had a fun, funky vibe. What a treat! The best part was our host! He had great recommendations for breakfast. If you ever get to go to Mt. Rushmore, you must stay at the Rocket Motel. You will be happy you...

Thank MES17
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Loved our stay at the Rocket Motel. We booked online a long way in advance and checked in with no problems. Our room was ultra clean and the bathroom had original fittings and tiles in it. Have stayed in quite a few of these Mom & Pops so knew what to expect and it didn't disappoint. Wi Fi was good...

1Thank S1las
Longmont, Colorado
Reviewed September 10, 2016

Custer has become a weekend get away spot for my wife and me. We have walked and driven by this motel numerous time and decided that on this visit to town we would stay at"The Rocket". We are SO happy that we did! The motel looks as though it was built in the 50's or 60's, but don't think that...

1Thank richard w
Reviewed September 9, 2016

Custer is a great location for visiting all to see in the area - we visited Mt Rushmore. Wind Cave, Custer State Park and the Black Hills from Custer. The Rocket Motel is a quaint reminder of the trips I took with my parents when I was younger, with all the modern amenities you would need for a base of...

Thank Charles B
Middletown, Delaware, United States
Reviewed September 8, 2016

The Rocket Motel is a great place to stay. The rooms are clean and well kept and the staff is very friendly. You can tell the owners take great pride in the Motel. I love the nostalgic touch. I highly recommend staying here.

Thank Andria058
Canton, Georgia
Reviewed September 8, 2016

Grace Ann welcomed us to the hotel with a vintage door key that jibes with the rest of the 1950's vibe at this super sweet, super squeaky-clean motel. The rooms were well-kept and the best was the wonderful king-sized bed. So comfy and the linens were spot on. Loved the plush, very clean bath linens, too. We had one small...

Thank risingwolf1
Reviewed September 7, 2016

We arrived on a rainy stormy day earlier than usual due to weather. We called ahead and the kind owners said they would do their best to have room ready which they certainly did. They even loaned us cards & games! The room was bright and clean. Gave us helpful info re eats. They really turned our day around!!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
American Family owned motel. Non-smoking. Pet friendly (designated rooms). Offering Cable TV, Wireless Internet, Coffee and tea in office, Refrigerators, Microwaves, hairdryers,and Serta double Pillow top beds. Kitchenette, Kings, 2 bedroom family units, 1 king suite available. Covered Pavilion, gas grill and fire pit for our guests use. Available for meetings, family reunions or just picnics. We have added a 4-man jacuzzi this year. One story, at-door parking. 8 Restaurants giving our guests 10% off all their meals while at the Rocket. Shops and downtown just a skip away. Michelson Trail across the street. Please remember that you're staying at a 1950's Motel, the rooms and showers are a tad smaller, but the charm is enormous!! We look forward to serving all vacation needs. Thank you, God Bless, Don and Brenda ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rocket Motel

Address: 211 Mount Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730-1433
Location: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Price Range: $78 - $163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rocket Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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“We had the king room and had plenty of room in it.”
 of 5 bubbles sherry13b, Oct 18, 2016 | Read review
“We were in room 19, which was a King Room and perfect for us.”
 of 5 bubbles risingwolf1, Sep 8, 2016 | Read review
“You can find cheaper but you'll never find better!!!!”
 of 5 bubbles jrX5185TT, Aug 19, 2016 | Read review
“Motercycle friendly”
 of 5 bubbles M5313SKbobs, Aug 1, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms we saw were neat and clean,motel does have an incline parking lot but not excessive”
 of 5 bubbles longrider1, Jul 25, 2016 | Read review
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