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State Game Lodge
Ranked #11 of 18 Hotels in Custer
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 2, 2009

We stayed in a small sleeping cabin. The cabin was not too small: 2 beds, a small table and chairs, and plenty of room to move around, however, there was no closet. Bathroom was good sized, lots of counter space, but shower stall is quite small. The cabin was spotless and appeared to have been recently updated. Linens were fine. Flat screen TV, no phone, and cell phone service is quite tricky everywhere in the Keystone/Custer area. We were surprised to find that we did have wireless access, but only in one corner of the room.
I had really struggled over whether to stay in Custer State Park or in one of the surrounding towns. Even with the extra driving, I am so glad we stayed in the park. It was the highlight of our trip. The surrounding towns are very touristy and the park is so beautiful, very quiet, wildlife everywhere. We ate at the different lodges and the food was very good, surprisingly good even. Everyone was incredibly friendly and went out of their way to be helpful. I do not think I would hesitate for a minute to stay at any of the facilities in the park.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank UCityJuls
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Reviewed June 16, 2009

Creekside Lodge is a new lodge (built in 2008) and is very nice. We stayed in a lower suite, backed up against the creek. It had a door that led out to a concrete patio with views of the creek. Plenty of birds and nice shady trees. The beds were perfect for us (slightly firm), and the room had all the amenities you would expect for $200+ per night: Wi-Fi, Fridge, microwave, Hi-def TV (only lo-def cable available), soft leather couch with pull-out bed. It was plenty of room for our family of 4. My only negative here is the lack of sound proofing within the walls and ceiling. We heard everything.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Jon C
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Reviewed June 9, 2009

Creekside is no more than a newly built motel...clean and nice but certainly not what we would call a resort; the reservations we made were disregarded as to our requests but were changed once we told them our room was not what we reserved; staff was very nice and cooperative about this; we ate lunch and dinner in the dining room at the adjacent State Game Lodge; not a lot of choice on the soup and salad lunch buffet and very expensive; at dinner we could not understand our server, poor command of English, and the food presentation was nice, but the taste was not; we chose not to eat there again; check their website to find specials; we did this after we had made reservations; no specials were mentioned during the time of reservation but they did honor their special once contacted by e-mail.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Professor Ruth
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Reviewed May 28, 2009

This is a new lodge. Rooms are large and very nice. Bathrooms are great. Airconditioning and heating systems are quiet and work well. Our room backed up to a creek. Some rooms had balconies which I would ask for next time. I would stay in this lodge again versus one of the older ones in the state park which have multiple issues being that they are old and worn.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank 13,915
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Reviewed January 29, 2009

The State Game Lodge is a perfectly fine place to stay within the boundaries of Custer State Park. We stayed in one of the motel rooms, which was no more than adequate, but I imagine that the historic rooms in the main lodge building would have been a different experience. The dining room has a quite sophisticated dinner menu that was not executed so well. Judging by how they cook something medium-rare -- it was cooked dry the whole way through -- I cannot imagine what they must do to cuts of meat that are ordered well done. You should be staying here for the location and the history of the property. You're not paying for The Four Seasons and you don't get it.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank misterplow
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Reviewed November 20, 2008

We spent 4 nights at the Game Lodge, which is located within the Custer State Park. I found it very tedious driving back to the lodge each day from wherever we were visiting in the area, because it is about 10 miles inside the park. It is especially difficult after dark because of the many animals that may stray onto the road. The hotel itself was quite old and it showed it. they really need to refurbish the place. The room was quite dark, although it was clean and the bath was clean. The food in the restaurant was very good and I would recommend it. they have a small bar where we had drinks before dinner and that was very nice, friendly, and enjoyable. The part of the entire stay which I didn't like was the fact that the kitchen people were cleaning utensils or grills or something behind our room every day with a pressure washer. The noise alone was annoying, but they also created a stream and puddles of dishwater right in front of the room. We had to step over the puddles every day to get to the room. And it smelled like greasy dish water too. If I had to stay in Custer again, I would choose a different place.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank smarish
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Reviewed October 13, 2008

We recently stayed at the State Game Lodge, our first time to visit the area. It is a very scenic location. The main building (lodge) is really quite beautiful. We reserved one of the sleeping cabins, and it was quite comfortable. I was a bit hesitant at first as we have had problems with mice in other state park cabins (such as Bryce), but no such problem here. They are not fancy by any means, but clean, quiet, comfortable and very relaxing. We had dinner at the lodge, and I really cannot recommend it at all. It was your typical overpriced, mediocre national park lodge food. There are a couple places to eat down in Custer that were actually pretty decent and much more reasonable. If you are not familiar with the area, the town of Custer is about a 15 minute drive, and Mt. Rushmore is probably about a 30 minute drive. But as I said, the area is just stunning so the drive is great. Best parts of the stay were: 1) sitting by the fire in the lodge in the evening reading, and 2) enjoying a nice glass of wine on the front porch in the afternoon sunshine. All in all, the lodge is very clean, enjoyable, and authentic to the area. Lots and lots to do in the area, and we definitely want to return.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank conmar
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Address: 13389 US Highway 16a, Custer, SD 57730-8351
Location: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 18 Hotels in Custer
Hotel Class:3 star — State Game Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 101
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Custer State Park, this family accommodation once served as housing for the state's game keepers. ... more   less 
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