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Prairie Inn

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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

I think we may have been the only ones there, besides the family that owns it. It was very quiet. I imagine it would be a lot louder if school was in. We checked in late, but they were prepared for us. You do have free wifi, but they have to give you a code. They did not give that to us when we checked in. We had to get it at breakfast. Breakfast was very good. The bed was comfortable enough. It was easy to check in and check out. I thought it odd that they did not have anything about the hotel in the room. Usually, when you check into a hotel, they have some sort of binder and information about their hotel services. This one did not. The family that ran it was very polite.

Nice room. Very roomy. Excellent king bed. It took awhile to cool off because the A/C was completely off. If I knew about the A/C I would have gone to dinner while it was cooling. Once the room cooled off it was really very nice.

Our room was comfortable, but the place, as a whole is really getting run down and dingy. Several different devices in our room were either unplugged or needed some kind of managing before they would work properly. The manager was very good about coming and fixing them. A very nice man. On the same score, the breakfast was almost abominable. The breakfast room was very cold, some of the foods had been left out too long or had been stored too long. In general, the Prairie Inn felt sort of as if the management didn't have the same sense of personal comfort that I do.

The Prairie Inn looked quite nice from the outside but it seems pretty run down. The owner could not have been nicer responding to our needs, however. The breakfast buffet was pretty awful. The milk curdled and the butter was rancid. No hot water, no tea bags, messy environment. I wish I could say something nice but afraid I cannot.

916 N Dakota Street Vermillion SD

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Prairie Inn is located within a mile (2 km) of National Music Museum and University of South Dakota. This 30-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.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Satisfy your hunger from the comfort of your room with room service.


The 30 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

Guests of Prairie Inn enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and coffee in a common area. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a picnic area, and an ATM.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, Multiple Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 3 | Sleeps 5

Suite, 1 Bedroom, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

78% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 105 reviews