Celebrity Hotel re-opens

Deadwood’s Celebrity Hotel is open once again following an 18-month closure. Pioneer photo by Jaci Conrad Pearson

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DEADWOOD — The Celebrity Hotel is back up and running, just in time for Mardi Gras weekend. 

Original owners Don Nelson and Bob Nelson of Sioux Falls, along with Celebrity Hotel co-managers Ken and Lynell Gienger of Spearfish, who have managed the venue since it opened in 1998, have formed Celebrity Hotel, Inc. and re-opened to the public this weekend, following roughly an 18-month closure that began in July 2018. 

“The hotel is open and it is a soft opening,” Ken said. “We are looking forward to entertaining our guests, meeting old friends and making new friends. Lynell, Bev and Tom have worked hard to get the rooms looking great. Ricky and Mike did a great job to get the gaming floor up. 

Ken added a big thanks to all the contractors who helped get the place going.  

“People have stopped into the hotel and express their happiness that it is opening up again,” Ken said. “The first hotel guests were the Dircks from Iowa who for 20 years have made Deadwood and the Celebrity their home for 25 days in the winter and fall.”

The Celebrity Hotel, Inc. business plan includes 22 rooms, between 50 and 60 gaming devices, and two retailers: Lucky Horse, run by the owners of Shiloh Horse Sanctuary in Deadwood, and another familiar Main Street retailer, Pink 629, owned by Carol Tellinghuisen.

For now, the hotel is only open on the weekends and a formal grand opening is planned when the retailers are fully moved in.

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