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Cedar Pass Lodge
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Location can't be beat right in the middle of the Badlands
User: Blok from: Bodegraven
Published Date: Oct, 26, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
Located in the Badlands with views all around. Nice to watch the sunrise and sunset from your own cabin porch. We had a porch at the front and one at the back. The cabin has everything you need. Great beds, a seating area, bathroom and shower, heating and airconditioning. The reception area has also a giftshop and a restaurant. Staff however is not overly customer friendly. We checked in 20 minutes before check inn time of 4pm and were told (yelled at) from behind a desk we had to wait. Not very nice. We ate at the restaurant one time, waiting to be seated there were 6 (!) behind the counter but nobody acknowledged us and we had to wait for 7 minuted before a seeminly annoyed waitress showed us our table. Attitude problems all around. Bein the only restaurant maybe they think they do not need to put in the effort to be friendly. So it was our one and only experience, the other days we stayed we found a different means of dining.
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Luxury in the Badlands
User: muskratskinner from: Annapolis, Maryland
Published Date: Oct, 25, 2019
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
These cabins have been beautifully refurbished on the interior. The beds are plush and comfy, the bathroom is well appointed, and the furniture and fixtures are attractive and appropriately "western." There is a refrigerator, television, and microwave. You are given a bag of ice upon check in. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch and watching the sunset play across the hills in front of us and the stars at night. A note of caution - check in was by 5 pm and the on site restaurant had closed at 4:30 - this may be seasonal as we arrived in mid October. Plan your dinner in advance as there aren't many in town options. We were in 119.
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Amazing views and comfortable
User: Amy R from: Houston, Texas
Published Date: Oct, 17, 2019
Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
Simply AMAZING! It is worth spending the extra money to stay at the lodges in the park. We had cabin 112, beautiful decor, the beds were perfect and the experience at night and early morning was to die for. All the cabins are renovated so all the furniture, flooring and everything else are pretty new. Keep in mind you do only have one restaurant around and it usually closes early. I suggest bringing some other options for food, even if it is from Wall.
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I wish I knew the allocation algorithm
User: John D from: Boston, Massachusetts
Published Date: Oct, 15, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
There is no doubt that this is the best place to stay overnight if you are doing a multi-day trip to the Badlands. We were in 107. The pros: 1. You are right in the park which makes every vista accessible within minutes. 2. If you don't want to go too far for the sunrise and are in 101-115 block of lodges, you can watch the sunrise from your back porch. Personally, I'd walk to the store parking lot (see "coffee house" in attached picture) for a pretty magnificent view. 3. The beds are clean and comfortable. The con, and I really was annoyed about this: 1. I made reservations for our September trip in early January. I had requested one of the single cabins since we would be in and out in the middle of the night and didn't want to disturb the adjacent residents. 20 of the 26 cabins are single. We got one of the three pairs of cabins that share a wall. Was January already too late? Do in state residents get priority? Is it random? 2. The walls are pretty thin, so you WILL hear your neighbor if you share a wall. This wasn't a problem for us since I was doing a lot of late night photography and we had a 6am flight out of Rapid City, we were the [relatively] noisier ones. TIP: if you can get something in the 108-115 block, it's farther away from main road and the sunrises are unbelievable.

Not all cabins have views!
User: Seattlites7 from: Seattle, Washington
Published Date: Oct, 9, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
There are cabins that directly face the Badlands, and there are cabins that have views of those cabins. Unfortunately, our cabin had a view of cars and cabins. The cabins themselves are very pretty and comfortable. We chose to stay here for the views, which we enjoyed years before from the campground. We were very disappointed with our lack of view and the lateness of our cabin’s availability.
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