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Prairie Inn

2.0 out of 5.0

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I am not really sure how to go about this review as I don't have any over the top complaints or compliments, but average doesn't really fit either. We honestly thought the facility was closed/ vacant when we pulled up. It is in need of updating, the bowling alley and bar are closed down. It was a Saturday during their county fair, so I assumed it would be packed - I was wrong. The family that ran it was kind and quiet, the faclity was quiet and met our needs for a night. We left to run a few errands in the morning and arrived back about 15 minutes before check-out and they had deactivated our room key already, but were very nice and let us right back. Breakfast in the morning was truly underrated. If it wasn't for the waffle machine we would have had to venture to the next door McDonalds. Everything else seemed to be pulled out of the refrigerator, set out and probably not for the first time.

Passing through on a road trip and stayed one night. Rate of 65$ was good but the whole hotel smells musty. The carpet is ancient, worn out and dirty. The walls were freshly painted and the size of rooms was good, micro, mini fridge, flat screen tv and coffee maker. WIFI works great, breakfast had waffles, biscuits and gravy, rolls and cereal. Enough to get you going in the morning. If the carpet were replaced it wouldn't be bad at all but glad I was just staying 12 hours

I recommend skipping this hotel and going with one of the others in town. I chose it because it was the least expensive so I wasn't expecting much. But since I was paying $80.00, I hoped for something nicer than I found. It felt old and run down instead of clean and updated like many of the hotels in this price range. I highly recommend they get rid of the bedspreads.

We just needed a room for the night, as we were just passing through. We didn't need any perks, just a clean and comfortable sleep. It was just that. We had a nice sized refrigerator and microwave. Flat screen tv. Lots of room on the bathroom counter. Not a fancy room, but just fine. Price very reasonable. Hot breakfast with choices. I recommend.

We stayed here for 10 days while my husband was working in the area. The weekly rate we were given averaged out to about $60 per night. On a positive note, the room was clean and the air conditioner worked well. However, for the entire 10 night stay, our room was not cleaned once. I had to make daily trips to the front desk to ask for towels, trash bags, and even toilet paper. They have a guest laundry where you can wash and dry for $2.50 that was good. The adjoining restaurant/lounge appeared to be permanently closed. Free breakfast was offered. Unfortunately, there was not a single non carb option available, Except, black coffee. The apple juice tasted like it was syrup and the orange juice tasted like water. You will want to avoid those. We were upstairs (no elevator) which was ok except the poorly lit interior hallway was not air conditioned. When you stepped out of you room it was like being in your attic in the summer. I did like the fact that the property did feel safe and was well lit outside.

Broken windows, no tv remote, crappy towels. Terrible breakfast items. Restaurant and bar closed. The hotel is EXTREMELY rundown. Our party was terribly disappointed, we used to like this hotel under the old owners and the restaurant and bar were a plus.

The rooms were clean and the location was great. Directly across from the DakotaDome. However, we specifically chose this because of the restaurant and bowling alley connected to the hotel, as per the website. Well, both are closed with no intention of reopening. Would have chosen another hotel had I known this.

The old saying about getting what you pay for got us this time. We got a great price but the lobby and our room had a strong unpleasant odor. Could have used some Fabreeze. Beds were pretty good but pillows were terrible. Would pay more and stay somewhere else next time.

After a 20 minute check-in (lost reservation), we went to one of the dreariest rooms I've ever stayed in. The bed could have been worse, but I was very disappointed to have actually researched a bit to come up with this! Bad start to what was actually a great vacation.

PROS: Good location, Friendly desk attendant (although English was an issue), Never felt unsafe, Wi-fi worked CONS- Reeked of bad food smells, Dirty room (hair in shower and sink, sticky juice or something on nightstand), No mention of breakfast (not that we would have eaten anything), Overall gross

916 N Dakota Street Vermillion SD

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Laundry facilities

Prairie Inn is located within a mile (2 km) of National Music Museum and University of South Dakota. This 31-room hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast and conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. Barstow Park and The Bluffs Golf Course are also close to this Vermillion hotel.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast served from 6 AM to 9 AM. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


The 31 air-conditioned accommodations afford space to spread out with dining areas and sitting areas. 32-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include washers/dryers, sofa beds, and microwaves.

Property features

At Prairie Inn, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The 24-hour front desk has staff always at the ready.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 109 reviews