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Roosevelt Inn 2.5

Keystone, South Dakota, United States

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  • Budget hotel less than a 10-minute drive to Mount Rushmore 
  • Clean rooms have microwaves and coffeemakers; some come with private balconies
  • Small indoor pool and a hot tub on-site
  • Pizza restaurant is casual and a good pick for families
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Additional amenities include a game room and laundry facilities
  • Pets allowed for no extra fee
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the property


  • Decor is dated
  • Breakfast ends early
  • No gym on-site

Bottom Line

This small, family-owned hotel is open seasonally and offers a basic, budget stay less than a 10-minute drive from Mount Rushmore. Its 32 rooms have generic decor, but are clean and homey, equipped with flat-screen TVs, microwaves, coffeemakers, and free Wi-Fi; some have private balconies. Amenities include a heated indoor pool and an on-site pizza restaurant, as well as free continental breakfast. Overall, it's an unfussy option that's a bit dated, but a good value. Travelers might want to compare rates with the nearby Mt. Rushmore's White House Resort.

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Warm, family-friendly atmosphere with dated decor

The inn has a homey atmosphere with pleasant, if dated, decor that includes lots of wood furnishings; picture Oriental rugs paired with leather armchairs in the lobby, and formica-topped tables in the breakfast area. The indoor pool could use some new tiles, but it’s cheerful and surrounded by white plastic tables with rainbow umbrellas. The pizza restaurant is also a little dated, with decor that includes antlers, a moose head, and a faux arbor, but it’s a pleasant, family-style throwback. Overall, this is a clean and well-kept property that attracts families and leisure travelers on a budget.


Walkable to restaurants in Keystone and less than a 10-minute drive to Mount Rushmore

The hotel sits just off Keystone’s main strip, surrounded by other hotels, and it’s a five- to 10-minute walk to restaurants. Rushmore Tramway Adventures, an adventure park with a chairlift, zip-lining, and treetop obstacle course, is across the street. The hotel is convenient for trips to Mount Rushmore, which is an eight-minute drive away. Other nearby attractions include the Crazy Horse Memorial (25-minute drive) and Custer State Park (one hour away). Rapid City Regional Airport is 40 minutes away and the hotel offers airport transfers for an additional fee.


Clean rooms with generic decor

The 32 rooms include Economy Single Rooms, Standard Rooms, and Superior Rooms, as well as suites. They are clean and have generic hotel decor that includes green-and-red floral bedspreads, basic gray carpeting, and simple light wood furniture for a homey and pleasant, if dated, effect. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Some rooms also have private balconies with nice views of the surrounding wooded area. Bathrooms have long white vanities and curtained shower/tub combos.


Free continental breakfast, on-site pizza restaurant, and indoor heated pool

Room rates include a continental breakfast, though some guests complain that it ends early. The on-site Big Time Pizza serves pizza and subs, as well as beer and wine. There’s a heated indoor pool that opens to a small deck and an above-ground hot tub. A large game room has a pool and foosball tables. Coin-operated laundry machines are available for guests to use. The hotel allows pets for free, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.

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206 Cemetery Rd, Keystone, South Dakota 57751-2039, United States

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