Sounds of the Alex – A Playlist for Travels Near & Far

Draped in the glow of red neon and historic acclaim, Downtown Rapid City’s finest jewel, the Hotel Alex Johnson, represents 95 years of lived history. History personified by the stories of the countless guests who’ve joined us from all corners of the world. Like the bridge between music and the soul, the Hotel Alex Johnson has long sought to provide next-generation hospitality that enable our guests to embrace life’s greatest pleasures – whether you’re eating, drinking or sleeping.

Immerse your mind and soul with emblematic sounds that embody the Hotel Alex Johnson experience with our curated Sounds of the Alex travel playlist!



First, Find Your Travel Vibe Below:

Slow Burners

Whether your next travel adventure takes you to the sky or the open road, Slow Burners like Dreams by Fleetwood Mac and Slow Burn by Kacey Musgraves (oh the irony), will keep you feeling cool, calm, and collected any time of day. Like the feeling of waking up to golden South Dakota sunrises in the heart of Downtown Rapid City or managing to actually get on the road by 6AM, these selections will give your day the kickstart it needs.

On Love

At the heart of every adventure, you’ll find love. Like the feeling of curling up next to our lobby fireplace or tasting the best elk of your life from Juniper at Vertex Sky Bar the Hotel Alex Johnson knows a thing or two about romance in its many forms. Whether you’re seeing the sights with your sweetheart or celebrating self-love alongside your closest queens, we’ve handpicked a variety of romantic tracks that exemplify the sweetness and serendipity of all forms of love.

From soft, jazzy vignettes of romance like Valentine by Laufey and Warm Glow by Hippo Campus that will leave you feeling warm and gooey, to bold exclamations of love in tracks like I’m In Love With You by The 1975 and Velvet Elvis by Kacey Musgraves – love is always in-style on the open road and at The Alex.

On Adventure

No great adventure is complete without a fervor for the uncertain – a fervor for new experiences, dotted by places, people and perspectives. Let tracks like Pretty Places by Aly & AJ and Rivers & Roads by The Head & The Heart serve as a compass point to ground your soul in the spirit of seeing and experiencing. Or, embrace your inner main character energy with empowering selections like The King by Sarah Kinsley and Johanna by Suki Waterhouse.

All of the Vibes

When life gets hectic, all that’s left are vibes! Like the feeling of having your car valeted on a cold, winter day or ordering room service for no reason other than not wanting to leave your bed on a cozy Sunday morning, it’s essential to celebrate life’s simple pleasures. As such, we made sure to include a swath of tracks that will allow you to expertly tune-in and turn-off.

Give your vacay a vibe check with serene selections that are guaranteed to keep the positive energy flowing no matter where you are. Take your mind to ethereal heights with selections like All I Ever Asked by Rachel Chinouriri or Fever Dream by mxmtoon. Or, tap into the “no thoughts, just vibes” headspace with tunes as lovely as No Thinking Over the Weekend by Carly Rae Jepsen or Say It by Maggie Rogers.


Historic Stays Await

Whether the Hotel Alex Johnson is merely a stop on your cross-country road trip or the treasure of your travels, we invite you to bask in our brilliant amenities and elevated experiences in the heart of the Black Hills. Until next time – safe travels!

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