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Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton
Ranked #11 of 48 Hotels in Rapid City
Reviewed 17 August 2014

We stayed at the Alex Johnson for two nights while visiting friends in Rapid City. The rooms have recently been renovated. Although we has a small room, it was quite clean and comfortable. The hotel makes it convenient to get around, especially with all the activity downtown. We will stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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GMAlexJohnson, General Manager at Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank you for choosing to stay at the Historic Hotel Alex Johnson and for writing this review. The Alex Johnson is conveniently located in the heart of the newly renovated downtown area. Close to numerous dining and shopping locations and the always exciting Main Street Square. Thank you and I look forward to your next visit with us.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Very nice hotel, downtown Rapid City, within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. We have one of the smaller rooms but with a king sized bed and very nice bath. The hotel was quiet noting that it was full of motorcyclist. Sturgis was the week we stayed there. The staff in the hotel was friendly and helpful. We were told of the history of this hotel but had no experiences. The building has much history since it is probably the oldest one in the city.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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GMAlexJohnson, General Manager at Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for choosing to stay with us at the Historic Hotel Alex Johnson. With our central location it is the ideal place to call home when you are visiting the Black Hills. Thank you and I hope to see you next year at the 75th Sturgis Rally.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

I’m very surprised by some of the negative reviews of this hotel. I always do a ton of research before booking our rooms and I decided to choose this hotel based on the many positive reviews and it’s prime downtown location. Our family of four stayed three nights at the end of July in room 918 (I think.) This particular room type worked great for us and I thought the price was good averaging about $240 per night all inclusive. This hotel “room” is actually two separate good size rooms joined by a bathroom. One room had a king bed and the other had two double beds. The AC worked great. The beds and linens were comfortable and there are nice size TVs and desks in both rooms with plenty of drawer and closet space. The room with the double beds had a small refrigerator and microwave. We also thought it was nice that we could open the windows since the weather outside was so gorgeous. We were on the highest floor of rooms and the Vertex Sky Bar was one level up from us but we didn’t hear any noise from the bar. We were there on a Sunday, Monday and Tuesday so maybe that is different on a weekend but everything seemed pretty well soundproofed though we did hear a train come through in the wee hours one morning. My husband and I went up to the top level of the Sky Bar all three nights to enjoy the city views and sunsets. Housekeeping did a great job each day making our beds and tidying up the room. The staff was friendly and the young gentlemen opening the front door every time we came and went were always pleasant. We were provided with a parking pass to park on the top level of the garage one short block away but there was on street parking from 4PM-9:30AM. My only suggestion for the rooms would be to add some room darkening shades or curtains. We stayed in six different places during our 12 day trip to Grand Teton, Yellowstone, and over to the Black Hills area. We are glad we stayed in this particular hotel since we were kind of tired of touristy “small towns” by the time we got to Rapid City. The area around the Alex Johnson was nice and there were several bars and restaurants right there. We really liked downtown RC and thought it was a cool place to hang out. It was nice that our teen boys were also able to go see a movie in the historic “discount” theater across the street. We had great breakfasts every morning at Tally’s Silver Spoon directly across from the hotel and we enjoyed good beer, good food, and free live music at the Firehouse Brewery on the adjacent block. There is a town square area also on the next block that had free movies playing on Monday night and a free band on Tuesday evening as well. We easily visited Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, and the Badlands while we were there. I noticed many of the destination experts on the Trip Advisor forums advise against using Rapid City as a base to explore these sites and instead suggest Custer, Wall, Hill City, etc., however, our base at the Alex Johnson was one of our favorite places. I can understand where your experience might be totally different if you choose one of the many chain hotels sprinkled along the interstate but staying in this revitalized downtown location was perfect for us. Loved this place and the friendly people we met in South Dakota!

Room Tip: Higher rooms will have better downtown views, highly recommend the room type with two adjoining room...
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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GMAlexJohnson, General Manager at Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write this review about your recent stay at the Hotel Alex Johnson. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay in one of our Family Suites. The Hotel Alex Johnson is ideally located in the heart of downtown Rapid City and I agree it is the perfect place to head quarter out of while you hub and spoke and explore all that the Black Hills has to offer. Thank you once again for your patronage and I hope you and your family make a return trip.

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Reviewed 13 August 2014

The hotel is conveniently located downtown,close to great places like the Silver spoon and Que pasa restaurants,or beautiful shops
it is a historical building as you can appreciate by the grand entrance hall that features pics from the old times and you can see that it has been preserved quite nicely
mixed feelings about the bedrooms. Some keep old features like two rooms with a bathroom in the middle,which i thought it was quaint but some of the people in my group disliked
Bathrooms have been renovated with the right style approach but not enough
Beds are confi but bedrooms are on the small side
I really liked the traces of the past left in corridors and rooms BUT i think it is time for renovation
what i dont understand is why a hotel with such big available spaces in the ground floor doesnt serve breakfast.that was a dissapointment although it made us discover the Silver spoon which was great.

Room Tip: High floors to avoid street noise
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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GMAlexJohnson, General Manager at Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank you for your recent stay and for taking the time to write this review. I appreciate your comments and I am happy to tell you that we will be renovating our hotel again in the near future. Thank you and I hope you can make a return trip and see what we accomplish this next year.

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Reviewed 12 August 2014

we stayed here just because we were passing through and well the room was a bit small I was ok but then the tv was broke and then a whole in the wall. So I gave up gunna shower and worst thing ever no warm water at all and no pressure then the same thing in the morning again.

  • Stayed: August 2014
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GMAlexJohnson, General Manager at Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I want to apologize to you for your stay not being up to the high standards that we have set forth for ourselves. I have shared your comments with my Maintenance Manager and he has looked into and repaired the problems that you had with your room. Thank you again for sharing your comments and I do hope we get a second chance to impress you with our service and with our hotel.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

This refurbished classic hotel in the heart of Rapid City is a real treat. Rapid City is well worth an extended visit and has a dynamic atmosphere. Not only are there plenty of restaurants and stores to visit, but the special treat is to see all the former presidents displayed as life size statues on each of the downtown corners. We were there during the Sturgis motorcycle week (not a participant, I sold my last bike 15 years ago). As such, hotel and motel prices were astronomical, but this hotel honored its commitment and maintained its fair prices. The staff is enthusiastic and it will definitely be on our "return to" list.

Room Tip: Its in the center of town, get out and explore, what are you doing sitting in your room. But when t...
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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GMAlexJohnson, General Manager at Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank you for your recent stay with us at the Hotel Alex Johnson and for taking the time to write this review. I appreciate the fact that you not only explored our hotel but that you took the time to explore the downtown area and discovered all the dining and shopping we have in the area as well as all the Presidents on each street corner. Thank you and I would like to invite you back for another visit in the future.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Been staying her for the past 3 years. We are out here for the 2014 Sturgis Rally. Just found out they are jacking prices for the 75th over 100.oo a night for next year. !st of all the hotel is not that great the only reason we stay here is because it is with in walking distance to downtown Rapid City. The hotel itself sucks. they say there is parking for the bike but there isn't enough, and they don't care. The rooms are very small and the bathroom is even smaller. this year we stayed on th 4th floor after several request for a lower floor. Every time someone flushed their
toilet the smell came into our bathroom. This hotel is not worth the 235 per night we paid now they want 339 for next year greedy bastards

Room Tip: do not stay ont the 8th or 4th floor in fact do not stay here at all . They are way to greedy
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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GMAlexJohnson, General Manager at Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Thank you for you for your recent visit and I do hope you will reconsider and stay with us again in the coming years. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the largest single event that happens in the Black Hills and brings a average of 500,000 motorcycle enthusiast to the Black Hills every year. The Hotel Alex Johnson has always been one of the most reasonable priced hotels in the area during Rally and throughout the year and will continue to be competitively priced. With next year Sturgis Rally being the 75th Anniversary, crowds are expected to reach up to 1 million people and the area hotel prices have increased due to the large demand on the finite number of rooms.

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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: £56 - £261 (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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