Rapid City Hotels

Welcome to the Hotel Alex Johnson, rated one of the best of Rapid City hotels for large tour groups, romantic getaways for two, corporate travelers, or those who simply want to experience the historic and mysterious allure of this South Dakota landmark. Among Rapid City hotels, the Hotel Alex Johnson has been rated one of the best places to stay and the most luxurious of all Rapid City hotels.  Our beautiful ballrooms are an ideal setting for weddings or special events.


Voted the Best Hotel in the Black Hills

An easy 25 minute drive from Mount Rushmore, this historic hotel is ideally located in the heart of downtown Rapid City. The landmark of Rapid City hotels and impossible to miss, the eleven-story Hotel Alex Johnson rises above the downtown area and promises gorgeous views of the nearby hills.

If you’re searching for hotels in the Rapid City area with class and entertainment, positioned on the rooftop of the hotel is Vertex Sky Bar, an upscale skyline lounge with a custom-built bar and wine cabinet as well as new and inviting fire pits on the outdoor patio.

With six floors and 143 rooms, this magnificent building has been restored to its original grandeur while still offering our guests modern luxuries. Your stay at Hotel Alex Johnson will be comfort and luxury among the best of Rapid City hotels.

One of the most historic and famous Rapid City hotels

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hotel Alex Johnson is renowned for hosting six U.S. Presidents, including Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Along with its rich South Dakota history, the Hotel Alex Johnson has become a legend among Rapid City hotels and those who believe in spirits. Two rooms on the eighth floor are renowned for ghost sightings and several of our guests have shared their exciting experiences with us, also prompting a visit from the “Ghost Hunters” television crew. Though we can’t say for sure that the hotel is haunted, we welcome you to stay in one of the famous rooms and decide for yourself.


  • meeting rooms for corporate events
  • on-site dining: Vertex & Paddy O’Neill’s Pub
  • full service luxury salon and spa
  • 24-hour state-of-the-art Fitness Center
  • on-site starbucks coffee shop
  • free transportation to and from the airport

Explore Rapid City and the Black Hills

Within walking distance of numerous dining, shopping, and sightseeing opportunities, the hotel downtown location makes it convenient for guests to discover all of the local attractions and businesses that Rapid City has to offer. Situated adjacent to Main Street Square, the Elks Theatre and Prairie Edge Trading Co. & Galleries, the Alex Johnson is the most culturally-centered of all Rapid City hotels. View our webcam.

Reserve your roomReserve your room either online or by phone and discover the thrill and excitement of staying in the world of yesterday while still visiting the attractions of today.

Go back to the days when railroads were the main source of transportation, when Gutzon Borglum was only beginning to carve Mount Rushmore, and when the “gateway to the west” had officially been built. With its historic charm and unique outlets, it’s the best of both worlds at the Hotel Alex Johnson.