Great place for kids! Top notch for children entertainment. We stayed in the lodge as I am accustomed to 4 star hotels and not any where near a country girl. The lodge was okay. Appears to be an older hotel and a tad rustic for my likings but it was clean and comfortable. Would have like it to be more 4 star but hey, I knew going into this vacation that it would not give me a "big city feel." The lodge does offer cereal/muffins for breakfast (free) which we did not know so this was a pleasant surprise. We ate at the Pondersa dining room one night and it was just so so. We had ants on the table but I was able to overlook them since we were staying in a campground resort. The pancake tent was awesome for all you can eat for $2.50! My daughter loved the waterslide, the pool, the mini golf (which is a very difficult course), and especially the jump pad. It was well worth the stay to see her so happy with all of the kid activities. The nightly movies were fun along with the hourly evening entertainment that is provided each night. We did the tye die shirts and you can't beat the price of $5. We did horseback riding and they were exceptional! Very kind and patient with my 7 year old who has never been on a horse before this trip. The site is close to everything and it appears to be the nicest place in the area. I would stay here again if I ever felt the need to go back to Mt Rushmore. We also recommend Bear USA in Rapid City. Fun to see all of the animals roaming the streets as you drive the area. Just a small note: there is minimal cell phone/internet service in this area. You could occasionally get service near the pool but definitely not in your room. It's nice to get away from technology but I felt lost being unable to call anyone if needed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lodge At Palmer Gulch Hotel Hill City
- Hotel At Palmer Gulch
- At Palmer Gulch Hotel