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K Bar S Lodge
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Keystone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 17, 2013

My wife and I stayed there in October, the weekend after the big buffalo roundup.
It turned out, that was also the weekend of the BIG october blizzard. A whole lot of us were stuck there for quite a few days.
The staff there bent over backwards to accommodate us. They went wayyyy above and beyond the call of duty to help us feel comfortable, welcome and above all, to have fun even during the worst blizzard in memory.

The K-Bar-S rocks!!!

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

The lodge is not located on the main road in Keystone so it is not normally one you would find by driving by. It is just a 1/4 mile off the main road tucked up a little valley. It is situated in a wooded area with a view of Mt. Rushmore. The hotel is well kept with modern rooms. They also have a great full breakfast in the morning. We were there on vacation but it also looks like it would be a great place for a wedding or special event.

Room Tip: All rooms looked to be in a good location with easy access
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank Mike K
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Great location of this lodge. Very close to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, The Black Hill, and much more.
My husband and I enjoyed the scenery. The family of wild turkeys were fun to watch in the early morning. And the cute little chipmunks!
People are nice. And the breakfast was good.
However, the bed was extremely uncomfortable. The sheets were like paper. And like 90% of hotels the toilet paper is less then desirable. It's the small things that can make or break your experiences.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Sara N
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Got snowed in at the K Bar S when Storm Atlas began its rampage across the Upper Great Plains on October 3, 2013. What was supposed to be a short conference over-nighter turned into a 3-nighter with no travel allowed and no electricity. The staff got snowed in right along with the guests. Their happy, helpful demeanor set the tone by making the experience seem like a minor inconvenience. They just kept feeding us and, thank goodness, we had water pressure which kept the plumbing functional, so it was a perfect world!!! ;) The Lodge is kind of in a ravine, so the ravaging winds did not reach us. Snow lay beautifully as it fell to a depth of nearly 3 feet. The outdoor temperature stayed above 40 degrees and our room never dropped below 65 degrees - just fine for sleeping. Thank You to a great crew. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank 4rosesrancher
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

My wife and I were stranded with 170 strangers at the K Bar S Lodge during the historic storm the first week of October, 2013. Roads were impassible, power was out and the only source of heat was the large gas fireplace in the main building lobby. The young staff performed magnificently to keep our large and diverse group safe and well-fed. The first morning of the storm the manager, assistant manager and a young fellow who worked in the kitchen took turns on a snow shovel beginning at 5:30 a.m. to plow a path to the kitchen building so they could feed us. The young woman who cooked for us and her husband - a jack-of-all-trades at the lodge - walked a mile from their home in hip-deep snow the first day to reach the lodge to attend to our needs. Every meal was presented with care, prepared in a kitchen with no electricity, only a gas stove and flashlights to aid them. The results were amazing! Kudos to the entire staff at the K Bar S Lodge for their outstanding service. We recommend this business to anyone visiting the Black Hills. It's proximate to ALL the major attractions - our room had a view of George Washington on Mount Rushmore.

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Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

The Pros: hotel was located off the main drag in Keystone and in a very pleasant forested environment. Rooms were spacious and we were not disturbed by external noise. Breakfast was included, was very good and was enlivened by a deer and several wild turkey hanging around in the hope of scraps. Price was reasonable for the location and the quality. Reception gave us very good advice for local restaurants.

The Cons: Check-in was slow. Just one receptionist, a line of people and trying to answer the phone at the same time. Not enough parking so we had to haul our bags some distance to our room. Wi-fi was only available around reception but not in the rooms. The rooms themselves were comfortable but the decor was a bit old-fashoned.

Summary. Nice hotel and good value for money. But not 5 star luxury.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I was staying at the Lodge ,attending a Roads Scholar program when the blizzard of Oct 2013 struck. During the first night of storm the power was knocked out , all roads were impassable. The staff did everything possible to make us as comfortable as possible under very adverse conditions. Some of the kichen staff walked through the snow to be sure we were fed with hot meals. The managers Jordan and Kyle Olson were always avaible.
HATS OFF

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Chris O
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Additional Information about K Bar S Lodge

Address: 434 Old Hill City Rd, Keystone, SD 57751-2027
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Location: United States > South Dakota > Keystone
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Keystone
Price Range: $95 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — K Bar S Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 96
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