$70 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Apr 24, 2015 Check-out: Apr 25, 2015

Lodge at Palmer Gulch

3 stars
View map of 12620 Hwy 244, 12620 Hwy 244, Hill City, SD 57745

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.4
out of 5
18 reviews
Best place to see Mt. Rushmore

Hard to find ( sign says KOA Campground), but well worth inconvience for this excelent motel.Only... See full review

  • RichD
  • Sep 18, 2014
one night stay

perfect spot to stay between Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse See full review

  • traveler bz
  • Jul 30, 2014
The AAA 2diamond rated Lodge at Palmer Gulch is nestled at the foot of Harney Peak in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. Our family resort features a 62 bedroom luxury hotel 6 executive lodge cabins with firstclass amenities 30 mountain cabins that range from rustic to deluxe. The hotel and executive cabins offer western inspired rooms with full scale resort accommodations deluxe cabins are furnished with modern conveniences the rustic cabins provide an authentic outdoor experience. Our rooms and cabins are equipped with high speed internet access king or queen sized beds balconies or patios in premiere rooms fireplaces and kitchenettes in suites and most cabins. Memorial Day to Labor Day enjoy western style activities chuckwagon dinners a cowboy breakfast guided horse trail rides or have some fun in the sun take a dip in our heated pool fly down our 180foot waterslide play a game of volleyball. The Lodge is conveniently located near many famous Black Hills attractions we are the closest resort to Mount Rushmore National Memorial on the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway and a short distance from Custer State Park Crazy Horse Memorial Wind Cave National Park the lakes and trails of the Black Hills National Forest. Our nightly shuttles to the lighting ceremonies at Mt. Rushmore is also a guest favorite. We also welcome Groups and Reunions we have 3 spacious meeting facilities an event coordinator catering service. Whether looking for an outdoor adventure getaway or a resortstyle family vacation enjoy the splendor of the Black Hills while relaxing among the Ponderosa pine covered hills clear blue skies and sparkling streams of our hillside retreat.

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Lodge at Palmer Gulch Rooms

1 King Bed
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1 King Bed with Balcony
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2 Double Beds
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2 Double Beds with Balcony
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Executive Lodge
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Executive Lodge with Hot tub
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Grand Executive Lodge
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Row Cabins
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Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Free local telephone calls
Elevators
24 hour security
Activities
Heated pool
Jacuzzi
Sauna
Children's activities
Golf
Game room
Play ground
Boating
Picnic area/tables
Fishing
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Continental breakfast
Restaurant
Lounge
Coffee shop
Vending machines
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Maid service
Express check in
Concierge desk
ATM/Cash machine
Security
Wake-up service
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Car rental desk
Doctor on call
News stand
Audio visual equipment
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Accessible parking
Room
Television with cable
Radio
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Hairdryer in room
Temperature control
Iron
Ironing board

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

Ratings and reviews for Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Overall score

4.4 / 5
5.01.0
18 out of 18
Amenities:
4.2
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.7
Comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.8
Value:
4.2

94% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
RichD
Business
Cleveland, OH, USA
Sep 18, 2014

Best place to see Mt. Rushmore

Hard to find ( sign says KOA Campground), but well worth inconvience for this excelent motel.Only about 5 mi. from Mt. Rushmore. Looks like a hunting lodge when you enter lobby, w/ hugh bear & bison greeting you. Very nice rooms: good size, queen bed & free reakfast. Also nice resturant short walk out front door.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

This may be closest motel to Mt. Rushmore. As a result we went back fo evening lighting ceremony that recognized armed forces members on stage.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
traveler bz
Business
NJ
Jul 30, 2014

one night stay

perfect spot to stay between Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jumphero
Business
Denver, Colorado
May 20, 2014

My Stay

The lodge was comfortable and pleasant. A little out of the way, yet once found was great. Distance from Rushmore and other communities in the area, were a little out of the way, be prepared to do some driving. Overall the experience was great and the staff friendly.!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
GerJim
Business
Palatine IL
Sep 15, 2013

South Dakota

A lot of the amenities were not available, but I expected that because it was after Labor Day. Very nice hotel and was located perfectly in the middle of everything we were visiting.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

In Hill City, we dined at Alpine Inn and it was very good. Didn't have to wait that long. Another good place in town was Linda's Deli. We got sandwiches early in the morning for our day trip. The sandwiches were delicious and HUGE. We had half for lunch and half for dinner.

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Review of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
K.J. D.
Business
Wyoming
Sep 3, 2013

Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Great place for children and families. Would recommend it. Only suggestion would be that the hotel should make it a practice to bleach all sheets and towels! They were clean, but didn't have that clean scent and appearance of other hotels that use bleach.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
N633EV
Business
Hershey, Pa.
Aug 5, 2013

Great Faces

Rustic and old. Room was spacious but lacked amenities such as lighting. Bathtub and sink we're chipped and cracked, water was unpalatable(tasted like iron). Breakfast was minimal. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Great location-close to Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse. Parking was at a premium.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Go to small towns-Hill City, Keystone, Custer and enjoy the local flavor. Scenic drives are well worth it. Beautiful country.

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Review of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Daniel Stickelmaier
Business
Peoria, Illinois
Jun 20, 2013

Great Experience

We highly recommend staying at Palmer Gulch if you are vacationing in South Dakota.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

Check out Mt. Rushmore

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Review of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
mommam41el
Business
Winona, MN
Jun 20, 2013

Week at Palmer

We had a great time at Palmer Gulch with the family. Our adult kids rented cabins in the KOA and we stayed at the resort. The pancake breakfast was a huge hit and I loved the gourmet coffee house. We needed hot dogs one night for a campfire roast and were able to buy everything we needed at the little store on the grounds. The kids LOVED horse back riding and the chuckwagon dinner. We were only 15 minutes from Mt. Rushmore so we went to the lighting ceremony. It's true, you never have to leave the camp grounds for entertainment unless you want too. They have music, waterpark, art, shopping, movies, laundry, restaurants all on the site.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Don't forget to hike Carney Peak and tour the animal loop at Custer State Park. Both of these trips are cheap and so lovely!

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Review of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Experienced at Travel
Business
Mission Viejo, CA
Nov 23, 2012

Anniversary Trip

A highlight of our trip to South Dakota was our stay at the Lodge at Palmer Gulch. When we mentioned that our stay was to celebrate our 46th anniversary, the desk receptionist arranged to move our room to overlook the forest and gave us a remembrance of the hotel. We will long remember the idyllic setting and the accommodating reception staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Lodge at Palmer Gulch

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Baska
Business
Danville, Ca
Aug 16, 2012

Very nice hotel in perfect location.

It is a nice hotel close to all atractions in Black Hills.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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