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cmcfong Jan 11th, 2011 04:26 PM

Secluded luxury cabins or lodge in the Black Hills
Can anyone recommend a secluded high quality inn, cabin or lodge in the Black Hills? We are adults who will be spending most of our time hiking and sightseeing in the area. We would like a quiet accomodation.

Thank you.

hawksbill Jan 12th, 2011 10:54 AM

Last September I stayed at the Blue Bell Lodge. I picked it because it seemed like the nicest of the four accommodation options within Custer State Park. I was very happy with the place. All of the guest rooms are individual cabins. I stayed in a housekeeping cabin, and, while it wasn't luxurious per se, it was very cozy and nicely decorated, with good working heat, a nice couch, a TV (!), telephone service, and decent kitchen appliances. I would rate it far above average in terms of comfort, relative to other official in-park cabins I've stayed in. I'm not sure I'd call it secluded, because there are other cabins that you can see from yours. But at least you get your own cabin. The restaurant was pretty good too, for what it was.

Here's a link to the four lodging options in Custer State Park:

cmcfong Jan 12th, 2011 12:36 PM

Thank you for the suggestion. I did not see much of anything on TA or Fodors for the area. You have been helpful.

HotWheels Jan 13th, 2011 04:03 PM

Search lodging at - there are numerous lodging options. I would also recommend Blue Bell Lodge for the area - lodging near Hill City or Keystone would be more centrally located in the Hills; Custer also not bad for the wildlife loop, caving, etc. We were just there last Labor Day - would be glad to help if you have further questions. Sylvan Lake is also a nice area, and I believe lodging is available there (cabins?) as well, although restaurants are located in the small towns about 15 miles away.

hawksbill Jan 13th, 2011 08:30 PM

There is indeed a lodge at Sylvan Lake, which offers both rooms in the lodge, and cabins. I have read that it is quite nice over there. I planned to have breakfast there and take a walk by the Lake on my way out of the park, but I was running behind schedule and I missed it.

I personally would stay far away from Keystone if I could help it. I drove through there on my way to Mount Rushmore. Wow, what an awful, overcrowded, schlocky tourist trap of a town.

cmcfong Jan 14th, 2011 08:36 AM

Thank you for your suggestions and insights. I appreciate the help.

Lovebug15 Jan 14th, 2011 09:00 AM

There is a beautiful cabin at Double Diamond Ranch near Hill City (which is also a five minute drive from Mt. Rushmore) that sleeps 11 people. It would also be perfect for a romantic getaway for 2--very quiet and peaceful. When you call ask for the Cadillac Cabin--it is PERFECT!!!!!!

cmcfong Jan 14th, 2011 01:05 PM

Thank you, Lovebug. On the website it shows a DD cabin but nothing about a Cadillac cabin. Are they the same unit?

cmcfong Jan 14th, 2011 01:09 PM

After reading the description closely I see it is the same unit. As Emily Litella would say...never mind.

Lovebug15 Jan 16th, 2011 04:50 PM

Call and talk to LeAnne she will be a great help. Yes, the DD cabin is the same. I forgot that...sorry! I forgot to mention the outdoor hot tub is awesome as well!

cmcfong Jan 17th, 2011 02:06 PM

Thanks, Lovebug!

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