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“Nice Stay in a Wonderful Setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of State Game Lodge

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State Game Lodge
Ranked #7 of 17 Hotels in Custer
seguin, texas
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32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Nice Stay in a Wonderful Setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2009

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.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cavecritter
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2009

We were the first people in our room in the summer of 2008 (Creekside had just opened) so it was spotless. It has an upscale lodge design, plump pillows, spacious feel. Quiet, got an excellent night's sleep. I'd love to come back to the park-- there's a lot to do, even for finicky teenagers, within driving distance. Allow a good hour to get there from Wall, SD.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tennessee
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221 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2009

Great natural setting for my husband and I. We saw lots of wildlife from our room. Great porch to set on also. We ate here and the food was good but they need to work on their wait staff. This park seems like a National Park instead of a State Park. They have a nice loop drive where you will see lots of wildlife. You can walk to the general store and a visitors center. The only thing that I had problems with was the shower did leak onto the floor but other then this we enjoyed our experience here.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2009

The AAA book says the restaurant is open 7AM-9PM. But what we didn't know was that they close at 3PM for one hour or so before dinner. We stopped in for a late lunch at around 2:15PM and decided on the buffet because at first glance it looked OK. But the "hot" dishes were all barely warm, not hot. No bread; desserts virtually gone by the time we got to them. It was all disappointing. I guess we should be annoyed at the AAA for leading us astray as far as the timing is concerned. Maybe if we had ordered from the menu we might have had better luck.

Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Ohio
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236 reviews
88 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2009

we did not stay at the lodge-- simply ate in the diningroom while wandering the park. Really good breakfast and very reasonably priced. Definitely recommend grabbing something to eat here.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jacksonville, Florida, Usa
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82 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2009

Okay, so it's a little pricey for the size of the room. We stayed in one of the small cabins, and we were not disappointed. You have a store within walking distance and easy access to the lodge's restaurant, which served a darn good breakfast buffet. The best part, however, is the location. When we woke up in the morning, our cabin was surrounded by a herd of about 100 bison. They were on the doorstep and outside the window. We couldn't leave the cabin for an hour, but where else can you see that?! Awesome.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Flowood, MS
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286 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2009

My husband and I did not stay at the lodge however on our on way through the park last night decided to stop in for dinner. It was AWESOME. We had two appetizers, salads and maincourse with tax, tip and everything we came in just under $100. He had a trio shih kabob with elk, beef, and buffalo. He said it was great but the beef was some of the best he has tasted. I had the Elk Chops ($28 I believe) w/ garlic mashed potatoes. Very yummy. Although reservations are preferred, we walked straight in just as we were (shorts and jeans) and were immediately seated. Service was great, food was excellent. Great for a romantic dinner or to just treat yourself to some really good food.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about State Game Lodge

Property: State Game Lodge
Address: 13389 Us Highway 16A, Custer, SD 57730
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 17 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 
Also Known As:
State Game Hotel Custer
State Game Resort

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