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Blue Bell Lodge
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

This was the second time my family has stayed at Blue Bell Lodge in the last 3 years. It is in a wonderful location and truly close to so much. My family stayed in a 2 bedroom housekeeping cabin(#12). The cabin itself was quite small. This was especially true of the bathroom and bedroom with 2 beds. There was no dresser in this room and it was difficult to find room for our suitcases. The bathroom was in need of some upgrading as was the front porch. Despite these minor issues, this lodge is really a gem in the Black Hills. They have a wonderful restaurant and bar on site and cute gift shop as well. When you stay in a location like this, tv, Internet and the usual "modern" necessities become secondary to the beauty of staying so close to nature in a place that really cannot disappoint, even if there are some things that could be improved.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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BlueBellLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2012

Thank you for staying with us! The housekeeping cabins were built by the CCC in the1930s as their dorm rooms, so they are a bit old and small. Try a different cabin next time; we do have some newer, larger ones!

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Spent 3 nights in a Sleeping Cabin with my wife and 2 kids (9, 12). The location was great - very quiet and peaceful. We loved sitting on the front porch. The cabin itself was a good size. Small kitchen, bathroom, and a large room with 2 beds and a table with chairs. The beds weren't the most comfortable and we had some trouble with our heater/ac unit in controlling the temperature, but other than that we really enjoyed the cabin. The location was great. Custer State Park was certainly a gem and we saw more wildlife there than in Yellowstone. It wasn't far to Rushmore/Crazy Horse to the north or Wind Cave/Mammoth Site to the south. The Blue Bell Lodge (a short walk from the cabin) was a great choice for dining and we didn't have a bad meal there. We were very happy with this lodging choice for our visit to the Black Hills and wouldn't hestitate to return.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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BlueBellLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2012

Thank you for visiting us. We're glad you enjoyed your stay! I, too, love sitting on the front porch down there, so peaceful and relaxing! See you next time!

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

While visiting South Dakota for the first time, we stayed at the Blue Bell Lodge in the Black Hills.
It is rustic while remaining quite comfortable. We were there for a conference held at the lodge for 35 people including children (16+).

The staff were helpful and considerate. Our conference meals were were served buffet style and were quite good. The food was plentiful, as well. The conference room was well-equipped and comfortable. Seating was more than adequate for our meeting times.

We stayed in a sleeping cabin that was very suitable for 2 people, although the sofa also could be opened up for additional people. I think that more than 2 might be too many, however. The bed was comfortable, there were additional pillows, if needed. There was a small kitchenette and some dishes and a small table that suited two just fine. The rooms are also carpeted. There was a small flat screen television. We really were not there to watch TV, though!

The bathroom was quite tiny, but adequate. There was a small shower.

My favorite part of the cabin was that it was fairly private although surrounded by other cabins. We had a small, covered front porch where I could sit and read, as well.

The highlight of this lodge is the pristine, wooded setting. It is silent, and filled with natural wonder. Although we did not see any here, I understand that buffalo are frequent visitors. :)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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BlueBellLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2012

Thank you for visiting with us. We are glad you enjoyed your stay! Bluebell is our most rustic and remote lodge and our quietest. Sorry the bison didn't show up for you, they must have been on vacation while you were here. Maybe next time you can wake up to the munching and crunching of a big bull outside your cabin! See you then.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

My rating of this cabin not only includes the elements of the cabin but the entire atmosphere it is set in. We stayed here on the spur of the moment having to leave our hotel due to dishonestly regarding fees. We got the last cabin available and it was a wonderful surprise. We've stayed in state park cabins before and this one was really tops. Cozy, cute, quiet and clean, it was everything you want in a "rustic" cabin. It had satellite TV that lost signal occasionally but that kind of added to the ambience in the seclusion of the Black Hills. The beds were comfortable and clean. The porch was huge. We hated leaving and will stay here the next time we come back. It is right across the street from the lodge/restaurant and very close to the General store, stables. There is so much to see and experience in this awesome state park and area!!!! We will be back!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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BlueBellLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2012

I'm sorry you had a bad experience, but I'm glad you found us through it! Looking forward to your next trip out our way! Thanks for coming!

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

We spent a lovely weekend at the Blue Bell Lodge. We booked the largest cabin (the Commissioner's Cabin) because we thought we were getting the BEST cabin. Not so. After speaking with the Manager, Jim Bob Layng at checkout, he told us that there are plans to renovate this cabin. Presently this has not been done and Jim Bob encouraged me to write an honest review, warts and all, so here goes...

The Blue Bell Lodge is a wonderful getaway that was chosen as the site of our family reunion. There were approximately 50 of us staying at the lodge in various cabins. When we went to visit some of the other cabins we found that everyone had a nicer cabin than us, yet we were paying for the "best" cabin. Our cabin did not have any closets at all. We had to lay our large suitcases on the floor and it was very inconvenient as the master bedroom had NO available floor space. Very inconvenient. The kitchen is right next to the only bathroom, again VERY inconvenient and a poor layout when you are sharing the cabin
with other people. Who wants to eat where you ....? LOL, but it was NOT funny.

Had we known that all of the other cabins had been renovated, we would have chosen one of those cabins. With that being
said, once we acclimated to our cabin, the rest of the experience was heavenly. The staff at the Blue Bell Lodge is GREAT. A
special shout out to the Chef and his wife, Mary who makes the BEST apple cobbler! The food was excellent, which was a
special treat since I am a bit of a food snob. The bartender makes a fabulous margarita and her mixer skills cannot be
denied! Don't miss her special sangria.

The grounds of the lodge are well kept. In short, a stay at the Blue Bell Lodge is a very pleasant experience that should not be missed. I hope the Manager lets us know when the Commissioners' Cabin is renovated, as once that is done then the Blue Bell Lodge will be perfection personified.

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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BlueBellLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Bell Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2012

Thanks for staying with us. We're glad you a great time in the lodge! Sorry you found the Commissioners cabin so unpleasant. I agree it is kind of old and needs to be rennovated. Those cabins were built by the CCC in the 1930s so we have been working on updating them throughout the years. When indoor plumbing came into play, houses had all the plumbing installed at one time in one place. I know that's weird to us today, but it sure beats the outhouse on a cold, windy night!

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