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“Just barely okay for a one night budget stay” 2 of 5 stars
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Bell's Motor Lodge Motel
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Spearfish
Certificate of Excellence
Manitoba
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27 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Just barely okay for a one night budget stay”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We stayed here one night, knowing we would be arriving later pm and leaving in the morning. I knew this would be a budget motel, but even just a couple of hundred dollars could do a lot for the room. We had a large room, so the space was nice, and we wanted to be able to have kitchen facilities for snacks and breakfast. The kitchen is not well stocked, but just enough to get by. I have never seen such a mishmash of stuff - it looked like a the mismatched stuff leftover from garage sales that no one would buy - bent forks, frying pans so scratched you would throw them away, etc. The oven didn't work and only a couple of the burners worked. The microwave was so old that when we tried to make popcorn (that usually only takes 2 minutes), we had it in for 8 minutes and only a few kernels had popped and the bag actually started burning, so we quit trying. When we went to make coffee there was a moldy coffee filter in the machine. No dish towels provided. Good sized fridge. The shag rug in the room is original and should just be ripped out. Could be a much better place with just a bit of effort, still keeping its retro look. The beds were on the soft side for us. We did use the pool that evening and it was nice enough and warm. Scott is pleasant and helpful if needed. Keep in mind if you plan on getting in really late that no one is there after 10 to check you in.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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5 Thank ladyslippers
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

This Mom and Pop motel is the best at a great rate! Scott is friendly, and very knowledgeable of the area. He recommended places to eat and some awesome hikes. Clean, comfortable and best of all for us pet friendly at a great rate. We ended up staying many more days than we had planned. The rooms have all your basic needs; fridge, microwave, towels, soap, TV and wifi. The pool looked clean and inviting but we didn't have time to use it as we did a lot of hiking in the area.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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MN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We love old mom and pop type motels so whjen found a coupon in the travel guide for Bell's we decided to check it out. Scott was so friendly during check-in and gave us a recommenation for breakfast. Our room was spacious and clean - the sheets smelled so fresh! It is also EXTREMELY affordable.

Thanks Scott!

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1 Thank SueMN
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Stayed here after calling ahead to reserve with a coupon. Owner kept the light on and honored our price. We were beat after many hours on the road and welcomed the ease with which we settled in. Room clean and tidy - bath accessories just what we needed. Easy checkout and best of all -- NO PROBLEMS. Thanks, y'all.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Stew S
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Mason City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

If you are looking for a clean, affordable place to stay..This is the place! The staff was extremely friendly and the motel allows pets for a reasonable charge. The location was great, with easy access to restaurants and shops downtown. The outdoor pool was refreshing on a 100 degree day! We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank KellyRae66
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Cameron, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We have been staying at the motor lodge for 6+ years now and always have a great time as well as a wonderful stay at the lodge. Scott and the crew are always trying to help in any way they can. We have never had a bad stay. During one of our stays, one of us was injured and Scott volunteered to take us to and from the hospital to make sure all was taken care of. These are genine caring folks who run an honest business and enjoy their customers. On top of this, you are within walking distance to some very nice establishments for eating or enjoying the cold drink of your choice.
We would not consider staying anywhere else while in Spearfish ! !

Thanks Scott !!!!!!!

Tim D.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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4 Thank Tim D
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Stockton, Manitoba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Stayed last 2 nights at Bell's. Still trying to recover from the shock of finding such a gem for such a fabulous price. The owner was very accomodating and pleasant to do business with. Housekeeping staff does an fantastic job, the rooms are older and rustic but spotless! We met one of the housekeepers outside the room one morning and she was friendly and helpful. We stayed in rm 126 and have no complaints. I believe that you would have considerable difficulty finding a room this well tended to for twice (or more) the money here or in many of the surrounding communities. The location is wonderful for accessing the Black Hills, it has free wifi, nicely tended grounds and pool, awesome coffee shop next door.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Bell's Motor Lodge Motel
Address: 230 N Main St, Spearfish, SD 57783-2718
Location: United States > South Dakota > Spearfish
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Spearfish
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Bell's Motor Lodge Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family owned motel on one level with parking in front of your room. We pride ourselves in providing a clean and comfortable room at an affordable price. We have a small outdoor pool, AC, and free internet access. Some pet friendly rooms are available. ... more   less 
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