We made reservations online for the Mt. Rushmore Econolodge Hotel before leaving on our roadtrip. Since we spent all day driving from Minnesota and stopping at Wall Drug and the Badlands, we didn't arrive in Keystone until after 9pm. At my attempt to check into the hotel, I was told that the Travelodge had been overbooked and we were moved to the Holiday Inn Express down the road ("A FIVE star hotel, you'll be very comfortable there! I chose the best hotel in town for you!"). Since we didn't really care where we stayed, we weren't too put out. We got back into the car and drove down to the Holiday Inn.
I can't verify the five-star rating that the Econolodge claimed that they had, but the Holiday Inn was very modern and nicely decorated. We were given a room with two queen beds and an adequate bathroom. Since it was so late at night, we couldn't use any of the hotel's ammenities, but we did walk around and take them in. The pool was medium-sized and indoors and the pool area had a whirlpool, sauna, and a large wall picture of Mt. Rushmore. The hotel also has an exercise room, which we didn't see.
A complimentary breakfast is served from 6am until 9am. This breakfast goes beyond your average hotel continental fare with fresh fruit, english muffins, cereals, donuts, juices, coffee, hardboiled eggs, and toast. The dining room is small and often full, but you can take your breakfast back to your room.
Since we had booked a room at the Econolodge, we didn't pay the Holiday Inn rates. Our room was only $59.00 for the night. Their online reservation system shows a double-queen room to be $66.00-149.00, depending on the season. You can certainly find rooms for much less money in Keystone, but I do recommend that you book well in advance if you plan to visit during the summer months.
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