Perfect Motor Lodge for the Hunter or Fisherman....and I am neither
Okay I admit it, I’m a city dweller. I’m used to lodging that is impeccable, modern, and clean beyond clean and that’s just for mid-scale hotels. So for my first trip to South Dakota in decades, the f... more
Okay I admit it, I’m a city dweller. I’m used to lodging that is impeccable, modern, and clean beyond clean and that’s just for mid-scale hotels. So for my first trip to South Dakota in decades, the first place I pick to stay in was here. And I think this was on the higher end for most lodges in the state.
So much potential for this place, close walk to a downtown, right on the Missouri River, nice retro motor lodge feel….and you know what maybe the standards and expectations people in the state have are fine. I mean it is fairly clean (except for the hair and dirt I found on the bath mat)…but the 1950s styles AC, the stuffy and damp hallway (had an interior room), the tininess of the room (so small!), the empty toilet paper roll (hey I’m not looking for it to be nicely folded, but could you at least check to make sure I have toilet paper????), the flies in the room (is that normal?), The breakfast area was not grab and go (which is surreal and decidedly retro and not cool in this COVID era). The pool was interesting-separate “seasonal” building and it was okay. Staff were nice but not bend over backward nice.
About half the cars in the lot had boats attached. With the mounted deer head in the lobby, I knew I was in a rustic state and lodge….and again, for a rustic like lodge, I think this would be fine and actually really nice for a few beer guzzling hunters or fisherman looking for fun. But for a family? Meh. Again, I’m comparing this to hotels in other states…I have a feeling that South Dakota standards are just a little different.
If I was back out this way, would I stay here again? Maybe if I got an outside room. Trip Advisor rates it as #1 in the community based on user reviews, which wouldn't surprise me. less
Steve s, General Manager at Best Western Lee's Motor Inn, responded to this review
Thank you for your review! Yes we are an older property that has done many renovations in past 3 years and will continue to do so! Sorry for the toilet paper and bath mat issues those we shouldn't miss! I will follow up on the housekeeping issues! yes we are defiantly a leisure and tourist property! Please stop back for a up graded room on your next stay. Come see what all the rivercity has to offer. Take care