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“What a Shame”
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Badlands Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Interior B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 12, 2009

I can't believe this place can be associated with our National Parks. It IS a mile outside the Park entrance, but there was a sign on the office that you had to go into the Cedar Pass Lodge to check in. $15 to enter the park, but we had planned on going in anyway. All the bad things that people have said about this place are true. Stress the fact that you get a TV but don't mention you get 5 stations, none local or sports oriented. Don't stay here.

Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 4, 2008

The one positive was location-beautiful views and walkable to Badlands N.P. My room had many flies coming from the unscreened air conditioner. There were also at least 20 dead flies and spiders proving the room had not been cleaned in some time. The maid service did not include trash pickup or vacuuming. Really gross place!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2008

My family of four stayed at Badlands Inn in August. It was convenient to the park and meals at Cedar Pass Lodge weren't bad, but the room was yucky. We were there for two nights and there was no evidence that anyone did anything to our room -- unmade beds and wet towels remained how we left them in the morning. The carpet was disgusting. And although there were flies in the room, at least there was also a fly swatter. Reasonable price, great location, but not a pleasant experience.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank sipefan
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Reviewed July 11, 2008

I read the reviews posted on this site and was very disappointed in how the other people had rated this facility. The room had flys and another flying insect already checked in- but what was really bad was the bug that was crawing in the bed linen. Note that I did not say it was a "bed bug" - bed bugs are red and this creature was small, black and crawled like a spider. The blanket had holes in it - and the box springs had what appeared to be blood stains on the sides.

They refused to do a refund and told me that I would have to talk to the manager the next day. When I called, I was kept on hold for about 4 minutes before the clerk told me that he was in a meeting.

Believe me, it is not what the picture shows or matches the description. It is seedy, unkept and very shabby.

Stayed: July 2008
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Reviewed June 3, 2008

Badlands Inn – Badlands National Park.
Terrible experience. Admittedly, they had one of the worst rain storms in years the night we were to stay there but that is really no excuse for the lack of preparation. We had reservations for 2 nights, May 22 & 23, the rains came on the eve of the 22nd. Room had a TV and Coffee maker. However, the room flooded as did the basement (a basement in a building on a flat plain) and the pump for potable water (a well???) in the basement shorted out so – no water from the faucet – just on the floor. We left and went to Wall for the night. Back the next day and got our money back with no problem. However, when in the midst of the various crises – no water and water on the floor - there was no provision for contacting ANYONE regarding the problem (which probably wasn’t going to be fixed right then anyway) or the possibility of moving to another room. Absolutely no one available until the next AM at the Lodge back in the park, which, on that date, shut down tight at 7:00 PM. Bottom line, if there is the remotest possibility of rain, don’t stay here.

Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed May 28, 2008

We stayed at the Badlands Inn for three nights during the Memorial Day weekend. The hotel is basic, but has a great view of the Badlands.

One thing we learnt during our stay is that the staff is not equipped to handle a full house. Out of the 3 nights, we had house-keeping come in only for 2, out of which they just made the bed one day, without doing anything else (like replenishing coffee, cups, etc).

The worst thing we had to endure through out the trip was to live with a sogging wet carpet. The day we checked-in, we realized that the 1/4th of the carpet was suqishy and sogging wet, but no body seemed to care / notice. As the carpet started drying, it started emitting a very powerful but foul stench. Nothing was done about it and all we could do was open the window and crank up the AC (when it was about 40 degrees outside)!!

Advice - Before you unpack and spread out, ensure that your carpet doesn't squish or stink.

The restaurant is good but unfortunately doesn't know how to cook grilled chicken or chicken alfredo. Grilled chicken was like biting into a shoe sole (a very dry shoe sole, I must add) and the chicken was 'garnished' upon the pasta to be called a chicken alfredo. So, pack your own food and a microwave if you plan to spend the night over there.

Advice - Do not ask for anything that 'tastes like chicken' or looks like one.

But all these small problems were no match to the facinating views, amazing trails and the most exortic animals that you get to experience in the Badlands. So, I definitely recommend going to the Badlands and staying at the Inn.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 27, 2007

As others have said, this is pretty basic lodging, but the location can't be beat. Rooms are clean, staff is pleasant, views are great, and the price is very reasonable.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Badlands Inn

Address: I-90 Exit 131 Highway 377, Interior, SD 57750-0103
Location: United States > South Dakota > Interior
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Interior
Hotel Class:2 star — Badlands Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Each of our 20 rooms has a magnificent view of the Badlands. You will rest well in our double queen rooms with upgraded high thread count linens/with bamboo towels (the linens use less energy to dry and are made with long bamboo fibers making them last longer than cotton towels), free WiFi, AC/Heat, cable TV, Energy Star Microwave & Mini refrigerator, Energy Star Coffee Maker with organic and shade grown coffee and complimentary breakfast in the lobby. There is an evening happy hour of local wine tasting in the lobby of the Inn for our guests. Night Skies in the Badlands are particularly dark and we encourage you to experience the FREE Ranger led tours in the amphitheater located inside the Park, less than a mile away. We are an Environmentally Friendly Inn and encourage recycling, plus we are a 100% non-smoking property and welcome pets. (There is a $10/night additional fee per pet). Children 15 years and younger stay free in same room with adult. We are the closest lodging to Badlands National Park (an easy walk from the Interior entrance) and only 9 miles from I-90 at Exit 131 and the Minute Man National Missile Monument. ... more   less 
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