The Celebrity Hotel and Casino has reopened it’s doors following roughly an 18-month closure that began in July 2018.
The Celebrity Hotel co-managers Ken and Lynell Gienger of Spearfish partnered with Bob and Don Nelson from Sioux Falls.
There are 22 hotel rooms, with an additional 13 rooms in a separate building.
The most distinct characteristic of the Celebrity is the movie memorabilia throughout the building. A managing partner says it is different for Deadwood and kids can come through and look at the posters, props, and costumes.
“The Celebrity Hotel originally opened in 1998 by Bob and Don and they were into the movie memorabilia, movie cards, everything like that, so they wanted to keep that feature here,” said Ken Gienger, Managing Partner, Celebrity Hotel Inc. “So, all these displays that we have in here have basically been in the movies.”
The Celebrity Hotel, Inc. business plan includes 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.