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“Noisy and uncomfortable”
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Hills Inn
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Hot Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 11, 2014

Wally is very personable but we were disappointed in our stay. We could hear the TV in the next room and anything that happened outside. I wound up stepping outside at about 11pm one night to tell a moron to find somewhere else to chat with his friend online as with the bed being right next to the window I could hear everything he said. The rooms are very small and it was the smallest bathroom I've seen in a hotel/motel. There is no counter space to place anything. The bed was very hard and uncomfortable so sleeping was difficult. Something else to consider is Hot Springs isn't close to any attractions other than Wind Cave Park so you will be driving quite a distance to the other attractions.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

This motel just received the 2014 Tripadvisor award. Wally, as everyone else has said, is a fantastic owner and person. He is full of tips and stories, including history. When we left after a four day stay it felt as if you were saying goodbye to a family member!

We stayed at Hills Inn for a family reunion during May 2014. We reserved six rooms and Wally gave us the second level with all rooms next to each other. This portion of the building is built into a hill so four of the second level rooms had both a front and back door. It made "visiting" very fun as we could leave the back doors open and go back and forth between the rooms. There is also a small patio area with an overhang in the back so even if it rained we could visit outside. We even had Mule Deer visitors every morning much to the delight of the kids. The front of the second level has benches outside each room to encourage socializing also. We had our morning activity planning sessions in this area while eating breakfast and drinking our coffee.

The rooms were very clean and the beds comfortable. The fridge worked very well, even the freezer. It actually froze our cooler ice block. The kids swam in the pool twice, but it was a little chilly as Wally had just opened it. Yet.....it was the only outdoor pool at the various motels/hotels in the area that was open!

Breakfast was served in the main office which included a small separate room with tables and chairs. There were two kinds of bread, bagels, donuts (2 types), and cereal (Fruit Loops and Wheaties), along with jelly and cream cheese. Orange juice, milk, coffee, and tea are also provided. There are also microwaves, fridges, and coffee facilities in each room.

If you wish to have a fun, clean, low cost place to stay with an outdoor swimming pool this is the place. Of course, Wally and his wonderful personality add to the experience!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 10, 2014

Room was very clean, comfortable for 2 adults and 2 golden retrievers. Guest laundry was a plus after being on the road. Fantatic walking trail, along a creek. Plenty of grass for walking dogs. We walked the trail down to Gus' Best ice cream, nice walk, good ice cream! No pet waste bag dispenser on the property and none along the trail, but we always have extra bags so wasnt a issue w us. Wally was a gem, helpful and polite.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank dls57301
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

Stayed here on a cross country road trip. Gateway to Mount Rushmore! This is like a motel, as are most of the places to stay in this town. Outside is a little plain looking but once you walk in the front door the owner(I presume) is extremely personable and very helpful as far as travel, restaurant, etc, directions. He is terrific and the reason I would stay here again. We were very tired and very happy to pull up the car to the room door. The room was very clean, plenty of room and refrigerator and microwave. Not fancy tho but for the price I was very happy! Breakfast was basic, cereal, donuts, coffee, and friendly talk with the owner.

Room Tip: Ground floor unless you like to walk up stairs when you are pooped!
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

We recently had a two night stay here and would recommend it to anyone. The owner was so friendly and helpful, he helped us route plan to make sure we got all our sightseeing done. The rooms were clean and spacious and the chairs in them were so comfortable. Very good value rooms, nice breakfast each morning. Enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Charmedgirl
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Reviewed April 8, 2014

Wow! I can't say enough good things... This was our first overnight stop on our trip so we were looking for a clean comfortable place to stay that wasn't too expensive. I checked out reviews and this place looked good. So glad I trusted the reviews!! Check-in goes until 10 pm - but you can call if you're going to be late - we thought we'd arrive about 30 minutes late so we called the hotel. The gentleman who answered was very nice and let us know it wouldn't be a problem at all. He gave us instructions if we arrived after 10 pm. Fortunately, we arrived with 10 minutes to go... He had our room key ready to go - He even turned on the heater to pre-heat the room for us!!! It was quite a chilly night so it was nice to walk into a warm room - our kids were able to snuggle up and go to sleep!!
In the morning, the hotel had a nice continental breakfast - bagels, donuts, assorted cereals, milk, coffee and juice...probably some other things too... The juice was good quality (Simply Orange)- not cheap watered down stuff like some serve.
The gentleman who runs the hotel is SUPER friendly and I just loved the personal touch (like pre-heating the room for us when he found out we were coming late)
Almost forgot to mention - there is a nice mini-golf next door to the hotel too!!!
Did I mention the price was right?! Great price - Room was clean and very comfortable! I would definitely go back...
Staying here also supports a True American! A true patriot - he has two daughters serving in the armed forces!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Very nice and price is just right. Clean and comfortable room. Very friendly and sense of humor from the owner. THAT was perhaps the best find. He offered suggestions for sight seeing and even proposed out of the way ideas that made the visit unique. Will stay again.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hills Inn

Address: 640 South Sixth Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747-2253
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Location: United States > South Dakota > Hot Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Hot Springs
Price Range: $71 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hills Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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