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“We Enjoyed the Chief Motel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chief Motel
Ranked #9 of 17 Hotels in Custer
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“We Enjoyed the Chief Motel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2011

I really liked this motel. We thought about going ultra cheap and camping in cabins all six nights we visited the Black Hills/Mount Rushmore area but decided for the sanity of mom and dad to spend the first few nights in a motel before spending three nights camping. After reading the reviews here we chose the Chief Motel. The motel is nice and well taken care of. I would rate the size of the rooms as medium having stayed in larger and also much smaller rooms in my travels. The owner/manager was extremely nice and upgraded our room to a double suite because of an error in the reservation system through a travel agent. He had all this done before we even arrived! He also took a few minutes and really explained what some of the real gems are to of see in the Black Hills area (much of it free to do so no it wasn't like they are getting comped for this). The rooms were clean and the beds were surprisingly comfortable for a motel. Parking is assigned to the rooms right in front of them so easy parking. Everything went very well, no issues at all! This motel is located right on Custer's main artery and is very convenient to see Custer State Park, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, Hill City, and Keystone. Really enjoyed staying here and would recommend. When we revisit the area we will be repeat customers!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Sean B
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hampton, Iowa
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2011

Bruce and Nancy were excellent hosts. room was super clean real attention to detail. As a retired 20+ year veteran I have to say this motel the Chief was without a doubt one of the cleanest rooms I have ever had the pleasure to stay in. Staff was very friendly and very helpful. We had atticipated having the rest of our family come but due to problems with their car they never showed , explained this to Bruce and he did something that showed me customer satisfaction is goal # 1 with these folks. We normally stay in cabins at Custer but we will probably stay at the Chief in the future. Thank you to Bruce and Nancy and all the staff. eric and suna

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank eric g
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Asheville, North Carolina
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2011

I was looking for a motel for my husband & I to spend a few days visiting Mt Rushmore area and I read the reviews on the Chief Motel. I am so glad I did because I would not have picked it. It was truly a delightful place and the staff were awesome. The owner took the time to explain things to do in the area. The rooms are small, but who needs a big room when all you are doing is showering & sleeping. The staff does a great job in the cleaning department. The owner recommended the local Wrangler cafe for meals and it was a good choice. You can't go wrong with the Chief!!!!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 9953travel
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Iowa
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

Our first time at this motel. Spent 4 nights here. Very homey and comfortable. Even had wedding ring quilts & pillow shams on the bed.Has been recently updated, but not ovedone to lose the charm. Very comfy and right in the heart of everywhere we planned to visit. Located on the main street so lots of things were in walking distance. We would definetly contact the Chief Motel on a return visit!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sandrasmith2
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St. Paul, MN
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

We stayed at the Chief the last weekend in August with our two kids. When we pulled up, i thought my husband lost it again. I was wrong. The first impression of the motel was way off base. It ended up being a great inexpensive place to stay. It was CLEAN and the motel staff worked hard to make sure it was. The double room was nice; the kids we in one room and we were in another. The only downfall was that the AC was right next to the bed and if it wasn't turned up, the kids got warm in the other room. The use of the park pass was nice and we would totally recommend their breakfast and pie deals.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank MNTravelerMN
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Additional Information about Chief Motel

Property: Chief Motel
Address: 120 Mount Rushmore Road, Custer, SD 57730
Region: United States > South Dakota > Custer
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Custer
#7 Family Hotel in Custer
Price range (per night): ₹ 6,441 - ₹ 10,668
Hotel Class:2 star — Chief Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Family owned and operated * Free HS wireless internet * Custer's largest indoor pool (in season May 20-Sept 18)* Hot Tub * Sauna * 2 Restaurants adjacent * In-room coffee/cocoa * ref/micro * All rooms no smoking / no pets * Near Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Wildlife Loop Road (1500 buffalo), Scenic Needles Hwy, Iron Mt. Road* Jewel Cave * Wind Cave* ... more   less 
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