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Shady Rest Motel
Ranked #6 of 18 Hotels in Custer
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 1, 2013

Spent four days here in one of their two bedroom cabins. Truly enjoyed their cozy little place. Spent some time in their hot tub after long daytime hikes. Kids enjoyed the little playground and stream as well as the "tree fort" on the hill out back. Would love to do it all over again. It was a great launching place for so many things in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Clint M
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

I stayed two nights in Custer at the lodge. It is two-story, has three bedroom spaces, two bathrooms, and full kitchen space. Ann was very helpful and kind. The grounds are not directly in town but off a little near the pine forest. The lodge is very comfortable - a great place to stay. It is near Jewel Cave, Wind Cave, Crazy Horse Monument, Keystone, and Mount Rushmore. I am so impressed with the area that I want to return soon - and I will definitely, no questions asked, stay at the Shady Rest Motel again!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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6  Thank gary m
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We had very great stay, location was walking to the downtown area .Ann and John very helpful. We would stay there again. Not a far drive to custer state park. Cabins are very clean and cozy and wasn't a far drive to the surrounding cities.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank 671Maureen
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

Finally made it out to the Sturgis rally this year & after a recommendation from a stranger in a bar back home who overheard our plans, we decided to stay out of town in Custer. I couldn't be happier that we did. We like the whole bike rally thing but it's really more of an excuse than anything to go somewhere new and actually RIDE! I am a barmaid by trade, so hopping from saloon to saloon is more like vacationing in your office would be to the average guy/gal out there. So we rented some cabins at the Shady Rest, one for me & my old man & another for our friends John & Joey who drove the rig out from Long Island. The area is so beautiful & the Shady Rest is awesome!! We didn't see too much of our host John, but wife Anne was always about & couldn't have been more friendly & helpful with everything! She had fresh coffee out every morning, & even left rags at our cabins to wipe down our bikes with since it was unusually wet the week we were there. She was always interested in how our rides went, what we did & saw (which was ALOT!) And had great ideas & recommendations for us too. We felt as though we had been going there for years! When we expressed possibly moving there one day she seemed genuinely excited about the idea. This is why I was a little reluctant to write such a great review- we didn't want to give away our secret for fear there maybe no vacancy next time! But if you are planning a trip to S. Dakota, be it for the rally (if you don't mind being an hour or so outside the big party atmosphere of Full Throttle, Buffalo Chip, etc.) or just for a great vacation in one of the most beautiful places our country has to offer, not to mention extremely reasonable rates, then I couldn't give the Shady Rest more of a thumbs up! (Keep that in mind Anne when we call for next year's reservations!

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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Lisamarie M
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

This was our first time to stay in a cabins. We loved it. Anne and John make you feel right at home. By the time we left, our stay was 5 days, I felt like we had been visiting friends. Wonderful place, close to everything. We used Custer as our base. We went to Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Badlands, Wall Drug, Custer State Park, Keystone, ETC. All were within a short driving distance. We stayed in cabin #4. Bed was comfortable, porch swing was amazing. Anne and John suggested many activities and places to go. If you want a great stay in this area, this is it.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

John and Ann were great. The cabins were small, as I expected, but were very clean. Our small kitchen was perfect. I imagined it in a more remote location. It is near town and the distant view of the black hills were great, but the close up view was of an electric substation and town. Behind the cabins is the base of a hill with lots of pretty pine trees. The price was great and fair for what you get. I would stay again if I was on a strict budget because it was a great deal and a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank MrsJonesLilac
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Our family stayed a the Shady Rest Motel it was exactly what we thought it would be and more. If you looking for the Ritz Carlton, then your in the wrong state, this is a wonderful MOTEL/CABIN, WITH AN AMAZING STAFF THAT IS WILLING TO GO OUT OF THERE WAY TO HELP MAKE YOUR STAY PLEASENT. WE WOULD GO BACK TO THE SHADY REST

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Shady Rest Motel

Address: 238 Gordon St, Custer, SD 57730-1820
Location: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Spa
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Custer
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Shady Rest Hotel Custer

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