For the most part, Deadwood consists of a compact downtown full of historic buildings, most of which feature casinos on the ground floor and restaurants or hotels upstairs. Opened in 2010, the Lodge at Deadwood adds a new dimension to the local offerings with a sprawling facility atop a hill a couple of miles outside town.
Compared to most of Deadwood's casino-hotels, the lodge reflects a design more like big Las Vegas resorts. Guests enter and check in at a central desk, then head left to the hotel rooms or right to the restaurants, casino and conference center. You won't get claustrophobic because the casino offers a lot of open space around the various machines and tables. Restaurants include a sports bar and the upscale Deadwood Grille. There's also an indoor pool, which highlights fun items like water sprays and an orca slide, but we wouldn't go as far as calling it an actual water park.
The room we stayed in was excellent, with two gas fireplaces, a granite-counter kitchenette and a huge whirlpool tub. If you're looking for a little more space and don't mind making a short drive at the end of a night downtown (translation: don't drink and drive), check out the lodge. Room packages start at $109.