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Smith Fargo Suites
Ranked #3 of 5 Hot Springs B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 10, 2013

For value for money, I give it a 5 star. Dick and Liz Smith were so hospitable and welcoming. They were so sweet to find toys for our little one and she was just over the moon.

We stayed at the miner's suite, it was bigger than I had expected. It's a king size bed in a room and a living room attached, with fridge and microwave. Quite spacious.

The communal kitchen was fully stocked, they had a help yourself policy and really make anyone feel comfortable.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We stopped here after riding the Mickelson Trail to drag our trip out for another day. The rooms were very original, nicely done! You have to see it to believe it. We had the Miner's Suite. The price was very good. The bathroom was awesome! The place comes with a giant TV with cable, a full very nice bathroom, separate bedroom, and a community kitchen stocked with tons of breakfast and snack food, and a community laundry room at no extra cost. I promise you will never forget your stay here. The hosts are very gracious and accommodating .

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Bill T
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

I usually only review a B&B if they were really bad or really good, so I had to comment on Smith Fargo Suites. The place is gorgeous, and really, really comfortable. An old building can have poor air-conditioning or tiny, old baths. Not Smith Fargo. Each bedroom has both ac and a ceiling fan. The baths are large, and each is a work of art - a soaking tub, plus a state-of-the-art shower, and a very artsy vanity. Each suite has a huge flat-screen TV in the sitting room. The Miners' Suite had the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. All beds are kings, except the Oriental, which is round. The common kitchen is better than what most people have at home, and the refrigerator and cupboards are stuffed with breakfast items - you just help yourself. Should you want a real milkshake, there is a triple shake machine, plus all the fixings. This is in addition to the frig and microwave in each suite. Oh, and the price was $99. If you are going to Mt. Rushmore or Crazy Horse, this is worth a couple of extra minutes on the road; it's really not that much farther than Custer.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Thanks to other reviews here, we knew that you have to get the keys in the antique store right at the corner of the building and you should arrive during office hours. After we go our keys, Dick showed us our suite (the miners suite) which was very spacious and had a great decor.

We enjoyed our stay very much and the price is really reasonable when compared to other alternatives. The place is not a hotel in a strict sense with lobby, restaurant room service etc. and for breakfast you just have to help yourself in the shared space (a big kitchen, tables etc.) where lots of food was available.

Room Tip: Arrive during office hours, parking accross the street available
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Staying at this hotel was unsatisfactory. On the night of our arrival - at 6pm, so not terribly late - we found the doors of the hotel and the adjoining antique store locked. We tried to call the number listed on the window, to no avail. After considering what to do (move to a different hotel?), my wife found our registration documents and room keys in a mail box at the other door to the antique store. So, we moved in. The room was cluttered as expected and decorated consistent with the unique decor of the hotel. A musty odor permeated the building and the room. Everything was clean, though, and the bathroom/appliances were modern. We knew that breakfast was included, but when we left the room at around 7am the next morning there was nobody in the kitchen/breakfast area. We learned from another guest who appeared a little later that we should just help ourselves, which we did. When we returned from our excursion that evening, the hosts were not there, either. Same thing next morning. We only met the "hosts" upon check-out. They were largely uninterested in our comments about the lack of information.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank braunschweigtraveler
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

You get to the place and the first thing you see is this junk shop and you go in and inquire as to the location of Smith Fargo Suites and the proprietress this is it and you look around and begin to wonder what have we gotten ourselves into? Then she (Liz) gets his (Dick's) attention and he escourtes you to the long stairway between the shop and the next business. He takes the personal stair elevator thing and we follow. You get to the top of the stairs and you're in their own personal art work. Each room has a theme and each one is unbelievable. What you don't realize fully is that the "junk" shop downstairs is their (largely Liz's) palet. When you're a collector and don't want to be a horder you have to put your collected items somewhere where they will be useful. So far, I've only mentioned the physical aspect of the place. This couple is as down to earth as anyone you'd hope to meet. In very understated ways they make you feel very welcome and at home. The open kitchen where you can cook your meals is very amean-able and Their idea of a continental (not their choice of words) breakfast is extraordinary. This has to be experienced to be believed, and I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it. Like a very old commercial once said, "Try it, you'll like it." And you will. Dick & Liz are a sweet couple.

Room Tip: Every room is unique. Maybe you'll get lucky enough to get a grand tour and then you can take yo...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank writingman
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

These suites are located above an antique store on the main street in Hot Springs. Parking is on either side of the street. This is an interesting set-up, with the suites on either ends of a hallway, and a common kitchen/dining area. We had the Victorian Suite and the beds were comfortable. The bathroom (shower only, no tub) was beautifully remodeled. Breakfast & coffee are set out for you, help yourself to anything. Hosts were genuinely friendly people. We loved the quiet and respectful nature of the other guests. This is not a chain-motel. This is not the place for unruly children (antique furnishings throughout) or all-night party animals. We are glad we stayed here and would love to return someday.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 321 N River St, Hot Springs, SD 57747-1626
Location: United States > South Dakota > Hot Springs
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Hot Springs
Number of rooms: 5
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