The hotel is a classic, it was even mentioned in "North by Northwest" under its former name. You enter into a grand lobby that looks like a cross between a Swiss lodge, a Rockies retreat and a stately manor with lots of wood and shops around the edges. The location is perfect for walking around the older part of Rapid City, near restaurants and bars. Parking is free if you don't mind parking 2 blocks away and on the roof of the 4 story garage beyond the park. But if you like, you can park for free between 4 PM and 9 AM at the lot diagonally across the street or at a meter. For 25c you can add an hour if you're a slow riser.
The rooms are not big but not tiny either. The carpeting was showing a bit much wear (7th floor room) and the air conditioning struggled to keep the room really cool at night. The TV is large. The bathroom was small but adequate with a shower/tub. Except for the last morning when too many guests apparently showered at the same time and the pressure dropped and pipes began thumping a bit, it worked well. They offered us a free drink at either the pub or rooftop bar but be aware that only includes wine and beer. The view from the roof is nice and there are heaters up there if it's chilly or windy.
The staff were friendly and gracious, especially the doormen. There's no breakfast included but there is a great coffee shop across the street.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alex Johnson Hotel
- Alex Johnson Rapid City