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“Motel Room with a Great View”
Review of Canyon Lake Resort

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Canyon Lake Resort
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Pinedale
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17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Motel Room with a Great View”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stayed in one of the motel rooms with a view of Canyon Lake. The room was clean and was quiet. It is in a great location. The staff was friendly and helpful in providing directions and information about the area.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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shootingstar46, Manager at Canyon Lake Resort, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Your review is very important to us. We strive to make sure our guests have an enjoyable and memorable stay with us. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Chapel in the Hills and the downtown area. Hope to see you in the future.
Lynn Derby
Resort Manager
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 reviews
Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed in a 2 bedroom cabin at Canyon Lake Resort for 6 weeks while waiting to close on our house. The cleaning ladies were very friendly and attentive to all our needs. Lynn, the owner, was more than accommodating in making sure we could stay in one cabin for the entirety of our stay and was very flexible as we kept changing our move-out date. These cabins/motel are in a great location right on the lake with lots of wildlife, great walking trails, and convenient to downtown.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank schhol
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shootingstar46, Manager at Canyon Lake Resort, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Your review is very important to us. I'm glad we were able to accommodate your family during this transition. It was a pleasure having you stay with us. Hope all is well in your new home.
Lynn Derby
Resort Manager
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windsor colorado
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights in a small one bedroom cabin. The large trees and green spaces that surrounded the cabin are lovely. The resort is located near Canyon Lake which is a beautiful area of Rapid City.

The cabin was clean but is in desperate need of basic maintance. The furnance rattled everytime it kicked on. It was loud enough that it kept us awake at night. The lighting is terrible. I took the shades off the lamps to try and see well enough to put makeup on; that wasn't very successful. The outlets in the bathroom didn't work. There was an gap underneath the front door. The gap was large enough to allow leaves to be blown into the cabin with the door closed. We put a towel under the door to block the wind & leaves and the towel bas blown away.
It was nice to be able to cook a basic breakfast in the morning and the having a fridge was a bonus.
I would recommend Canyon Lake Resort if you are looking for very basic accomdations at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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2 Thank debbers22
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shootingstar46, Manager at Canyon Lake Resort, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Your review is very important to us. Although we do not like to hear the negatives, we take them seriously and make every effort to satisfy every customer. We do rely on our guests to alert us to maintance issues so they can be corrected. Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention especially on the furnance, the rattle was an indication that the motor needed to be replaced, which saved the expense of a new furnance.
Lynn Derby
Resort Manager
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Mountain Home, Idaho
1 review
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Our stay in the Cattail Lodge was bitter sweet. The folks there were very kind and generous in helping us get rooms for family members coming in to say our final farewell to mom, grandma and friend. The lodge was perfect for everyone who came in and then allowing us to stay after check out for family and friends to come back to after the burial. Thank you Canyon Lake Resort for helping us out and giving us a great place to reunite. There was an awesome view,and plenty of room for everyone.Kitchen had everything needed to prepare meals and clean up. It was a very nice gathering spot for friends and family.Thank you .

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank SRMG
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shootingstar46, Manager at Canyon Lake Resort, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Your review is very important to us. I'm glad we were able to accommodate your family during this difficult time. It was a pleasure having your family stay with us and look forward to seeing you in the future.
Lynn Derby
Resort Manager
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

We stayed during touring the Hills. the room were clean enough for us, being a cabin type room. microwave, free coffee, fridge(cold) for us, and stove/oven were fine for us. yfi was good. paddleboats for lake, and trout fishing was good. free wine tasting on wed at beautful main building. it was close to all tourism and stores. we are not picky people. staff were great with all our needs rate was not bad at all i feel. would stay again.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Thank bet24u
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shootingstar46, Manager at Canyon Lake Resort, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Your review is very important to us. We strive to make sure our guests have an enjoyable and memorable stay with us. Glad to hear you enjoyed trout fishing and paddle boating. Hope to see you in the future.
Lynn Derby
Resort Manager
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Rapid City, South Dakota
1 review
Reviewed August 20, 2012

What a great place for a small family reunion! Our family of 20 loved the homey atmosphere and the ability to use the Cattail lodge as a central meeting place. We prepared and shared meals here and enjoyed evenings around the large table. Canyon Lake Resort has a beautiful and peaceful setting on Canyon Lake and the children enjoyed the paddle boats. There is trout fishing in Canyon Lake, big trout. There is also a great walking path that follows Rapid Creek that can be accessed from the resort. It was nice to have access to city amenities but feel like you were in the wilderness. The staff were outstanding. They promptly and pleasantly fullfilled any request. We had family visiting from Texas, California and Minnesota that thought this was the PERFECT facility for a reunion. We would definitly recommend it to others and would return for future gatherings. Thank you so much!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mary R
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Kittanning, PA
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2012

I can't understand how anyone could give this place a good review. It does have the potential to be a very nice place, and maybe once upon a time it was, but the way it has been let go is a shame. Pros: The room was large, there was a sorta kitchenette (the oddest one-piece kitchen I have ever seen), it was in a lovely location on a lake with a picnic table and gas grill right outside our door, and there was a pool. There are also paddle boats, I guess, but I never did see them. Cons: Although the only bug I saw was a spider and the sheets did appear to be clean, the rest of the room just gave the appearance of a place that suffered from neglect. The bathtub was quite literally falling apart and there were big chunks of the reflective coating missing from the bathroom mirror - as well as globs of something on it, and there was no fan in the bathroom, although there was a window that opened right on to the parking lot. We never did decide what color the carpet was supposed to be. The "kitchen in a box" was filthy - it didn't look like the drip pans had ever been cleaned or replaced. There were also no supplies in the kitchen with which to cook or eat anything other than - believe it or not - a set of filled salt and pepper shakers! The up side was that the lighting was so poor that you couldn't really see the filth. Honestly, it was like trying to put makeup on by candlelight. The beds were so worn out we felt like our heads were pointing downhill all night And you couldn't use the grill or picnic table without stepping in piles of goose poop. The pool (which I didn't use) was the smallest I have ever seen and was surrounded by weeds - inside the fence! To be fair, the cabins did look cuter and not as rundown as the motel units, but if they don't clean them any better than the motel, I still wouldn't want to stay there. The place was pretty hard to find - it's a long way from I90, which I suspect may be why it is so rundown. They either need to put some money into this place of give up.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank Beckybunny
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shootingstar46, Manager at Canyon Lake Resort, responded to this review, October 17, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Although we do not like to hear the negatives, we take them seriously and make every effort to satify every customer. We do rely on our guests to alert us to issues so they can be corrected during their stay, not after they leave.
Lynn Derby
Resort Manager
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Property: Canyon Lake Resort
Address: 4510 Shore Dr., Rapid City, SD 57702-4900 (Formerly Lake Park Resort Motel)
Location: United States > South Dakota > Rapid City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Rapid City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Canyon Lake Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Canyon Lake Resort is located on the west shore of Canyon Lake in Rapid City, South Dakota. Nestled in the foothills of the Black Hills, Canyon Lake Resort offers a restful and peaceful atmosphere with "Out of town feel...In town appeal". Join us at our locally owned, family-friendly lodge, motel and cabins. Accommodations range from motel rooms with 2 queen beds, single studio cabins, 2 bedroom cabins, 3 bedroom and our 5 bedroom lodge and now our 2 unit, 9 bedroom Reunion Lodge. Our lodging is available year round with all of the units equipped with some type of cooking capability, with microwaves and/or stoves and refrigerators. Our beautiful resort is the perfect location for any family milestone or gathering, including reunions, family vacations, weddings, rehearsals and more. ... more   less 
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