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Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex
Ranked #22 of 24 Hotels in Deadwood
Ahwatukee, Arizona, United States
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400 reviews
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“Gotta Love "Historical Hotels"”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

The Franklin Hotel in Deadwood, South Dakota, remains the center of activity on the main street of Deadwood. Open since 1902 it has had its share of colorful characters stay in their rooms and probably still does. At one time it was considered the most expensive hotel built west of the Mississippi River.

It has been years since I was last in Deadwood. I had some good times in the Franklin during university days so I wanted my wife to see Deadwood and experience the Franklin. I kept explaining to her that it was “historical”. Well, her first impression wasn’t too bad since they turned the entire ground floor into a casino, but by the time we got our entire luggage to our third floor room her impression started to change.

I have to admit that the years have not been kind to the hotel. Photographs of their suites looked nice, but since we were only there for one night having a room overlooking the main street should not be too bad. Things were a little tight in the room. The bed blocked the only closet door from opening, and all the cracks in the wall, along with paintings hung at strange angles only added to the character. The window air conditioner kept the room cold, although a bit noisy. And who could complain about the tiny television, because at least we had television and wireless internet that worked just fine.

I still enjoy old hotels, but I suspect that if we ever return back to Deadwood, that we probably won’t be staying at the Franklin Hotel. Such a shame as it is so “historical”.

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

my husband and I and another couple stayed at this place in july 2013. we booked a suit months in advance. our rooms were awful one room had a door the other did not ,the bathroom was in between the 2 rooms was so outdated. the closet to hang up clothes smelled musty. we were moved to 2 separate rooms the next 2 nights . these were a little better but not by much, no hot water for 2 days our room was right off of the balcony which was very noisy, a very old outdated tv by the way the first rooms did not even have a tv in the second room. we had to park in the back go to the first floor to get a cart and the go to the second floor to get out the door to the parking lot to get our luggage to our rooms. the floors in the hallways on both floors creaked and on the second floor you could hear everyone walking on the third floor. very very outdated not at all like was advertised on the internet. would never ever stay there again. did I mentioned the first night the rooms were $179.00 and the next 2 night the rooms were $100.00 each night. also when they moved us all our friends credit card was screwed up and is still not fixed as of today.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Aurora, Colorado
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The room was $29.99 a night, great price. The room was small , a very old feeling. I had a nice view of the street. It's a room you don't want to spend a lot of time in. I felt a sense of Gloom, for some reason. The Casino was nice. I would go back again and stay there. It was a lot Fun. Free Drinks, Cheap room in Deadwood. What else do you want?

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oakdale, California
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59 reviews
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

First of all, the hotel itself is stunning. Absolutely beautiful. We stayed in the Mary Hart Suite, which was two separate bedrooms and a sitting room, an blessing for a family with two pre-teens. I can't speak for the other rooms in the hotel, but before you stay here, you should know that there is an attempt to keep the rooms as authentic as possible while still offering modern conveniences. Each room had a flat screen television and multiple outlets for phone chargers, laptops, straighteners, etc. The room had an amazing view of Deadwood and we were able to watch the daily shootout from our hotel room.

What we enjoyed most about the hotel was that it was old fashioned. Tall ceilings, antique furniture and lighting, mosaic tile floor in the bathroom (which was small but acceptable). I understand that "old fashioned" isn't for everyone. But it is for us and we were very happy with our stay. Friendly staff, great casino and the veranda is a fun way to spend a Friday night. Will definitely be returning.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We just spent four nights at the Franklin Hotel. The main floor--Casino was great. The room we had was dated, had huge cracks in the walls, very crooked floors and old furniture. The staff were great and the casino experience was good also. There is so much they could do to the rooms that would make them a little more attractive. Hopefully they plan to continue renovating for there is much work to be done.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Milwaukee, WI
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

*** CASINO REVIEW ONLY ***

My partner and I stopped here the first night in Deadwood as we had a positive experience the last time in town over 7 years ago.

While the casino was very quiet (it was later on a Sunday night), the wait staff was very attentive and asked us if we wanted a drink within 5-10 minutes of sitting down at a machine. She was very friendly and kept tabs on us the rest of the night as we moved around the casino.

Machines seemed to be a bit tight, but we still had a good time.

Definitely will be back to this casino the next time we visit Deadwood!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Casselton, North Dakota, United States
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed here for our first anniversary. Retracing some history, we stayed here for our 25th. We were able to get the same room! Things haven't changed and that is what we liked. Make sure you enjoy a cold one on the Veranda!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex
Address: 709 Main St, Deadwood, SD 57732-1011
Location: United States > South Dakota > Deadwood
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#17 Casino Hotel in Deadwood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel & Gaming Complex 2.5*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Silverado Franklin Historic Hotel and Gaming Complex is located at the Top of Main in the Historic town of Deadwood, SD. The Silverado & Franklin feature over 375 state of the art slot machines, 22-blackjack tables and 5 live poker tables in one of Deadwood's most elegant poker rooms. Callahan's Irish Pub and the Veranda (seasonal) serve all of your favorite spirits as does the lounge at the Silverado. All you can eat Crab and Prime Rib Buffet every Friday and Saturday. Deadwood's Premier Steakhouse - Legends Steakhouse serves breakfast and dinner daily. ... more   less 
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