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Powder House Lodge

24125 Highway 16a PO Box 714, Keystone, SD 57751-6641
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#2 of 12 Specialty lodging in Keystone
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Bobby F wrote a review Oct 16
6 contributions
SO disappointing that I wonder if the other "reviews" are legitimate. This was NOT an outstanding property. Rundown cabins are situated going up a very steep hill...parking for our cabin was UP the hill behind the room--NOT great for loading & unloading luggage. Perhaps other cabins are better maintained & arranged for guest comfort but our King Duplex cabin definitely was NOT comfortable. It was very cramped & lacked ANY shelves or surfaces (other than the FLOOR!) to place our luggage & personal items. The carpet was thin and stained in several areas, some of it was damp! I found that out when my socks got wet walking across it. Disgusting. There was no lighting near the closet area, I had to use a flashlight to find things in my suitcase on the FLOOR! A VERY loud window unit barely cooled the room, at least there was a ceiling fan! The bathroom had serious old water damage in the ceiling above the shower. There were holes in the ceiling and wall with peeling wall material hanging off. Not a pleasant environment for a guest! The desk clerk tried to tell us that it was from a recent storm. Not so. This was obviously OLD damage left unrepaired for a very long time. The ancient shower head was horrible. It sprayed a weak flow that could not be adjusted to efficiently rinse shampoo from ones' hair. There was nothing to hang up a towel or clothing! Not a hook or towel bar and no room to place items around the sink...not even a soap dish for the soap bar, just let it melt on the counter! A tall, narrow cabinet housed a tiny, underpowered microwave, circa 2005, with a small Keurig placed on the shelf high ABOVE it. In order to pour water into the machine, it was necessary to STAND on a chair! Otherwise you could not see the top of the coffee maker. This property does NOT provide complimentary coffee in the office. They prefer that you dine in their restaurant ($11.00 "breakfast sandwich) instead. As to the restaurant... It was busy at dinner & we were seated in an odd overflow area (half indoors & half out) furnished with uncomfortable patio furniture that rocked on the uneven floor. Menu items are pricey and the food quality is inconsistent. My meal was good but my wife was served a salad with brown, rotting lettuce underneath fresh lettuce on top! She ordered Chicken Carbonara...$18.95 for a large blob of sticky pasta with flavorless (unseasoned) pieces of chicken & fatty bits of bacon. We've had better frozen dinners! I expect to pay more for meals & lodging in a tiny tourist town, but there is NO excuse for bad food, uncomfortable lodging and indifferent management. There are limited options for meals & lodging in Keystone & many close for the season after Labor Day. We definitely felt taken advantage of at Powder House. This is an old property that could be charming but it is NOT maintained, the exterior photos DO NOT resemble the actual property and there is NO consideration for guests comfort. We traveled over 1000 miles to visit Mt. Rushmore and planned well in advance for our trip. We were very glad to check out of this property and do not recommend it for a comfortable, relaxing stay.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Stay somewhere else!
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mngolfergal wrote a review Oct 2
Minneapolis, Minnesota600 contributions173 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our 3-night stay at the Powderhouse Lodge. Their website has a map of different accommodations in varying price points. We chose the Trailblazer 59 cabin tucked way back on top of the hill. It gave us a lot of privacy with only one other cabin next to us. It had everything we could possibly need; full size fridge, stovetop, dishes, utensils, etc. Nice deck to unwind after a day of sightseeing. It’s an “old school” cabin which we were looking for, albeit an electric fireplace. Small complaint would be the thread barren towels, but there were plenty of them. Although this cabin has 2 queen size beds, we would recommend it to couples or families with older children. If you want to be near the playground, pool or restaurant, it’s a bit of a walk up and down the hill. You can certainly drive, but parking seems to come at a premium. Keystone is a good location in the Black Hills. Technically, the lodge is about a half mile+ from the edge of town, so you may be disappointed if you think you can walk to town from the lodge. I want to say maybe 5-minutes to Mt. Rushmore and close to other attractions. We were undecided between staying in Hill City or Keystone. After visiting, I think either location is good. We wanted the cabin atmosphere, with a restaurant that has good reviews (food & service was very good), so Powderhouse Lodge fit the bill. Seems Keystone may be more kid friendly than Hill City due to kid attractions nearby, but works for adults as well. Everyone was extremely nice and polite. Would not hesitate to stay here again.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Trailblazer 59 was very private.
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janisue r wrote a review Sep 2021
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Loved This Lodge and the restaurant is unbelievable ! A must must for travelers. This is a hidden oasis - not like any other hotel in the area. Be sure you book this lodge in advance. The owners are happy and kind.
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Date of stay: October 2020
Room Tip: a perfect getaway with a view
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Mandy_in_Texas wrote a review Sep 2021
Dallas, Texas50 contributions50 helpful votes
Stayed here on a weekend trip to Mt Rushmore. Very pleasantly surprised, better than I expected! Grounds are nicely kept, room was very clean and roomy, comfy beds. Mini bags of ice available at front desk…just ask! Towels were thin but plentiful…we just doubled up! We’d stay here again…3 min to town, 7 min to the monument. Great stay…restaurant has a very good breakfast…we ate there twice!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Grace Carr L wrote a review Sep 2021
SF Bay Area365 contributions129 helpful votes
This is a great alternative to the big chain hotels/motels. We had a room with 2 queen beds; it was quite roomy. The beds/bedding are fine. The water pressure in the shower is good. The bath towels, however, are quite thin and small. Our room was quite clean, except there were a ton of small bugs in the overhead light in the bathroom. The grounds are nice, with a small playground for kids, a pool, and a washer/dryer (takes quarters only). On the property is a restaurant; the food is great and it could not be more convenient!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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$105 - $151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Powder House Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Powder House Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Mount Rushmore National Memorial (2.5 miles), Iron Mountain Road (3.5 miles), and Rushmore Tramway Adventures (1.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Powder House Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Powder House Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Powder House Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Powder House Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Powder House Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Grapes & Grinds, Powder House Lodge Restaurant, and Cruizzers.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Powder House Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Powder House Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Powder House Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Holy Terror Mini Golf (1.5 miles).