My wife and I stayed in a historic cabin at the State Game Lodge. The cabin was situated about a hundred yards from the Game Lodge in a valley surrounded by Black Hills mountains and about twenty yards away from a small creek. Check in went smoothly and everything worked fine. The staff was friendly and helpful, and there were no major problems with the room (only two annoying things were inability to get wireless internet or cell service and funky picture quality on the TV). What you are paying for here, though, is the beautiful, quiet location in the middle of Custer State Park. The room itself was pretty average, on par with what you would find in a major chain hotel. Expect to pay high prices at the restaurant and the nearby general store. Also plan to make reservations early; we had to make ours nearly a year in advance. The park itself is a gem. It reminded me of a mini version of Yellowstone (without the geysers). We saw an amazing amount of wildlife during our three days in the park: bison, deer, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, coyotes, wild mules, prairie dogs, and porcupine. Things not to be missed: a walk around Sylvan Lake, a view of the Needles, sitting in a rocking chair on the raised front porch of the Game Lodge as the sun goes down in the evening with a glass of wine or a beer, and building a fire by your cabin at night and watching the stars. A good place to unplug and unwind.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- State Game Hotel Custer
- State Game Resort