The Diamond of South Dakota
Posted: May 18, 2017
Across the red carpet, through the sliding doors and into the historic lobby were white & red roses, jewels and a beautiful display of hors d’oeuvres upon the black grand piano. We felt like we had walked into a 1940’s Hollywood movie set. The staff moved about the scene wearing black cocktail attire as the Guests mingled over drinks. The Grand Opening of the Hotel Alex Johnson was an event unlike any other.
The evening carried on from the hotel lobby to the ninth floor of the hotel. As the elevator doors opened, two suited gentlemen greeted us. We toured a few of the newly remodeled guest rooms as well as the Presidential Suite. We joined the VIP Guests for champagne, delectable hors d’oeuvres and continuous conversation regarding the captivating remodel.
About 7 p.m., our party gathered in the Roosevelt Ballroom for dinner and cocktails. The chandeliers were draped with glistening string lights and white fabric flowing from all corners of the room. The dinner buffet lined two sides of the dance floor with a piano center stage for the evening’s live entertainment. Tables were set with décor matching the hotel lobby. Guests enjoyed themselves with cocktails, conversation and a specialty dinner created by Hotel Alex Johnson’s gourmet chefs.
At 7:30 p.m., Riley Elmore – a contestant from NBC’s The Voice 2016 – and his piano man, took the stage. Elmore’s deep, jazzy voice glided throughout the ballroom, mirroring the tone of a young Frank Sinatra. The Hotel Alex Johnson had achieved their 1940’s – diamonds are forever – Grand Opening theme as every finishing touch came together effortlessly.
The evening ended with dessert and an exclusive view of downtown Rapid City upon the hotel’s rooftop bar, Vertex Sky Bar. As the night came to an end, we were excited to enjoy our newly renovated rooms for the evening.
From beginning to end, this event magnified the beauty of South Dakota’s finest diamond – The Hotel Alex Johnson. This 143-room Historic hotel has welcomed travelers from around the world, including celebrities, U.S. Presidents and families for over 75 years. We invite everyone to stay the night and truly experience the new modern luxury that the Curio – A Collection By Hilton has to offer.