The Deadwood Grand Hotel occupies a building built in 1906 where the Homestake Gold Mine once used various chemical processes to extract gold from ore. Within the past few years, a $50 million project gutted the inside of the mill and transformed it into a boutique hotel, convention center and casino. Just as the mill once did, the Deadwood Mountain Grand visually dominates downtown Deadwood.
Built into the side of a steep hill, the shiny steel exterior is visible from a great distance. Inside, guests walk through the casino to take an elevator to the hotel, which rises for four floors above the casino, and a 2,500-seat event center. The hotel has 98 plush rooms, including eight suites with balconies overlooking the town. Vintage pictures from Deadwood's past adorn the walls, and the decor includes a pleasing palette of browns and creams. Our room was comfortable and nicely appointed, with marble countertops in the bathroom, a wide-screen TV and the usual upscale hotel amenities. We didn't have much of a view, unfortunately, because the hillside was just a few yards away. Rooms on the other side of the hotel have a much better view of the Deadwood valley.
The complex has two eating areas. The first is the Slime Plant Bar and Lounge (the building's original name was the Slime Plant). Upscale dining is in Aught Six Grille (named for the 1906 Homestake Gold Mill). Located on the main floor, it features an outdoor deck overlooking the swiftly flowing waters of Whitewood Creek. Inside the restaurant, some of the structural beams and walls from the original mill have been incorporated into the new construction. Its menu features steaks, chicken and fish entrees and an extensive wine list. Room rates start at $135.