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Priceline Hotel: Rapid City/Rushmore area - very tough


7continentKaren
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I have tried every trick in the book and cannot get a decent price in the Rapid City/Rushmore area. I have booked the Golden Hills Inn in Deadwood for $65/night and hope it is not too awful. I don't want to bid higher than $65 for a 2* since I think that is what I already have. Hotwire is $130 for both 3* and 2 1/2*. Yikes. I can do better with SideStep. I have gone up to $70 for both 3* and 2 1/2*. Nothing. Dates are 7/12-17. I have been bidding every three days for a month. Plus due to the cold winters, I guess, it is impossible to find an outdoor pool for my granddaughter and me. Since this area is so popular in the summer, you would think we would have more Priceline data points.

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Can't find much less expensive than $65, but i did find Best Western Ramkita Watertown Kampeska Heritage Museum (not sure of exact location relative to Rapid City) for $71 thru HOTELDISCOUNTS.net. Also found the Ramada thru Expedia for $88. Both are a little higher than your rate, but they're more 'brand name' hotels and may be worth the slight extra cost.

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Golden Hills Inn is a good hotel BUT they changed the rate on me compared to what they quoted me on the phone. I don't like that in a hotel at all. I, unfortunately, did not get the name of the reservationist. You'd think I would know by now. They are honoring the first 4 days but hitting me with $15 more than agreed to for the last day. At least we have a king bed. Another piece of advice. Go the the Mineral Palace Casino in Deadwood first and join the gambler's club. Then Golden Hills Inn becomes $50/night.

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  • 7 months later...

We just stayed in Rapid City through Travelocity. I was up to $60 for 3 star but did not win anything. So, I found a Country Inn & Suites that had an indoor pool and water slide for $66. The rooms were clean and breakfast was great. I was surprised to find that it was so hard to find a room during February for this area. I did not think it was peak time. Actually there were few people at the sites we visited-Rushmore, Mammoth Dig, Deadwood, etc. I thought we could have found a room through PL much cheaper for this time of year.

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