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Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton
Ranked #11 of 48 Hotels in Rapid City
Reviewed 25 July 2012

The location is okay- easy to find- but the hotel has a musty, worn feel. The fluorescent lighting in the lobby gives the hotel a gross, eerie atmosphere that is completely out of place with the Western/historic style of the hotel.
The street parking is adequate for able-bodied individuals and fine in the summer.
Overall, I would not seek out this hotel, but would stay there again if I was in the area and did not have better choices.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 July 2012

All visitors and tourists - this is a must. Located close to historic and rebuilt downtown the price was lower than the low end motels and provides clean, updated rooms, A+ service, located next to amazing sites, shops and restaurants.

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1  Thank Tannerycapital
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Reviewed 16 July 2012

The Hotel Alex Johnson was a fine place to stay once you had the correct mindset. It is clean, the staff at the front desk helpful, the lobby is gorgeous, the location great, and the bar on the roof unbelievable. But about our stay - hotel policy is clear that no smoking or dogs are allowed. Our bedspread had a cigarette burn on it (room did NOT smell smokey) and 2 bull dogs were in the room next to us. We were only there for 1 night and check out was at 11. At 9, the cleaning crew banged on the door to see if they could come in and clean. I said that we would be checking out around 10:30 and they should plan on coming back then. At 10, they banged on the door again offering to clean the room before we left....hmmmm. During our check out, the manager was concerned about the cleaning staff behavior, but not about the other 2 topics I mentioned. All in all, a good stay - but not outstanding.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

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. Rachaei 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 definately recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank welove2travel123
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

Greag location downtown rapid city. Plenty of restaurants/bars within the immediate vicinity and parking downthe street in top floor of garage, no elevator. Cool historic lobby with lots of character with a western theme. Room was average at best with small bathroom and low water pressure. Decent onsite dining as well. Centrally located to rushmore, devils towers, black hills, badlands, etc.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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2  Thank David P
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

The room was small & the bathroom tiny , but the bed was very comfortable & the view great! On the top floor they have an art deco style bar - (drinks in this bar are EXPENSIVE) with panoramic view of the city. There is another bar on te ground floor with muxch more reasonable prices & excellent, friendly service. The hotel is in a convenient location & we would happily stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank 1travelnut43460
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

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.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton

Address: 523 6th St, Rapid City, SD 57701-2725 (Formerly The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Collection hotel)
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Region: United States > South Dakota > Rapid City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Rapid City
#10 Business Hotel in Rapid City
#18 Family Hotel in Rapid City
Price Range: £49 - £194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton 3*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1928, the historic Hotel Alex Johnson has welcomed visitors from around the globe. Located at the heart of Downtown Rapid City, the Hotel Alex Johnson is an easy 25-minute drive from Mount Rushmore and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hotel Alex Johnson includes 143 rooms and suites and houses the Vertex Sky Bar, Paddy O'Neills Irish Pub, Seattle's Best Coffee, Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, AJ's Wicked Salon and the Alex Johnson Mercantile. The Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City is now a part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and welcomes Hilton HHonors guests. ... more   less 
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