We stayed here for one night on our way through the US back to Canada. I wish we had had more time here. The hotel was wonderful. Rachael at the front desk, welcomed us warmly, and gave us lots of good info about where to eat. The hotel was clean, renovated and had a big comfy bed. The location was excellent and Rapid City was not at all what we expected. There was lots to do around the hotel. The room was clean and spacious. Excellent value for the money. We got a complimentary upgrade to a king size bed, a great welcome after a long day driving. Would definitely recommend this hotel as it was one of the best Rapid City hotels we’ve ever stayed at.
This hotel is a western “palace”, reminiscent of the Ahwahnee hotel in the 1920’s interior decoration of the lobby. On the top floor is an art deco style bar with a complete panoramic view of the surrounding area, also. If you are visiting Rapid City, stay there at least once if you can!
Or at least go have a drink in that bar. There are several unique stores nearby including one selling hand-painted Native American drums and Prairie’s Edge, which has a wide variety of appealing Western/prairie gift and decor ideas.
My friend and I stayed at the Hotel Alex Johnson June 10, 2012 and we both loved it. Old hotel charm and elegance, convenient location, friendly staff, affordable. If you want to visit Mount Rushmore, Black Hills, Badlands, Devils Tower, Wall and other attractions in South Dakota but aren’t interested in camping – I recommend this hotel.
I just did a cross-country road trip to help a friend move from Vermont to Oregon. We randomly stopped in Rapid City, SD so that we would be close to Mt Rushmore the next morning. We saw the Alex Johnson Hotel as we drove into downtown and assumed it would be way too expensive! We called anyway and were shocked to find out it was way affordable! The room was gorgeous and very nice. Of our entire trip this was the least expensive room we stayed in but by far the nicest! We also got vouchers for some free appetizers with purchases of cocktails.
The staff was very nice, the food and drinks at the rooftop bar were delicious, and the view from up there was amazing! We were obliged to stay at one of the best Rapid City hotels.
Moving from North Carolina to Seattle with two cats, my daughter and I needed a “vacation” from our road trip, so we stayed two nights in this historical hotel. The hotel is pet friendly (at $25 per animal per night they should be!), has a great location and comfortable rooms. We stayed in one of the suites, and the reasonable price for the room made up for the pet charges. Both the rooftop bar and adjoining Irish Pub were fun and appreciated. Rapid City is a charming city with very friendly people and we would like to go back. We were happy to have a wonderful stay at one of the best Rapid City hotels-we’d love to come back again!