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The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Collection hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   523 6th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701   |  
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Ranked #21 of 52 Hotels in Rapid City
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

We stayed at the Hotel over St. Patricks Day Weekend and had a great time. The Hotel was very clean and well kept. The food in both Patty O'Niells and Vertex was great. The Staff was working their butts off in Paddy's but still managed a smile and good service. And as I am older than I want to admit, Going up to Vertex gave me a break from the Mayhem of the crowds of the pub. I would and do recommend the Alex to anyone I meet.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Canon City, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

I love historic hotels and the Alex Johnson is that. The room was nicely furnished though small, which is typical of hotels built in the early 1900's. The bed was very comfortable the pillows not too soft or firm. The only problem we experienced during our stay was with the movie system. The movie my son wanted to watch wasn't coming on and the front desk supervisor said she didn't know why and couldn't fix. The British chap that was tending bar in the lounge on the room top was great. Very knowledgeable about the Black Hills and Rapid City and provided great service. The Seattle Best Coffee Shop attached was very comfortable and convenient. Overall, the hotel provided a great stay and the service was good. Highly recommend staying at The Hotel Alex Johnson.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012 via mobile

We had a great stay. Rooms were very clean. We had a king room that was generously sized for very very great price. Would stay again when visiting Rapid City. Only down side is the parking a block away but is a beautiful walk by the ice skating park and of course you are in historic downtown.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yorkshire, England
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

The hotel is in a good location and the lobby was lovely.

The room was weird, it had a living room but the layout was odd because it was essentially two interconnecting bedrooms. The sofas were far from comfortable for the short time. Cleanliness was questionable - we found a cigarette end on the inside window ledge.

The bar dress code policy was hilarious. Whilst we were warned of the no trainers (sneakers) policy and half expecting to be asked to change we couldn't quite believe the absurd enforcement of the policy. After an evening out we returned to the bar (which looks good but is short on atmosphere) where the only other people in there were two ladies sat in sport sandals, combat trousers and polo shirts looking very much though they'd returned from a hike. My husband was dressed in smart jeans, shirt, jacket and Converse - not at all like he'd been to the gym. He was of course flouting the dress code and in spite of his outwardly smart appearance was asked to change his footwear, fair enough (except for the apparently acceptable nature of full outdoor gear). Later some other chaps came in wearing trainers and generally casual attire and the same guy who'd asked my husband to change passed no comment at all. It's a daft policy, which I assume is intended to maintain an air of sophistication in the bar, that has nothing to do with the look they're trying to create. My suggestion to the hotel is to find a different way to describe the dress code they're looking for. Meanwhile, apply the policy for everyone (and please include sport sandals!) or stop the ridiculous charade.

Having said all of that, it wasn't really all that big a deal for us in the scheme of things, we were only there one night in a six month trip and the bar policy provided us with entertainment. It is, however, worthy of comment for others.

In summary, it's "all fur coat and no knickers".

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

My daughter and I stayed 2 nights at the historic Alex Johnson Hotel in the heart of Rapid City. We stayed here because it was centrally located to a lot of unique downtown stores, the Elks theatre , and the newly developed downtown plaza (with it's ice skating rink and new gallery of specialty stores). We love shopping in downtown Rapid City and the Alex Johnson seemed a natural idea to stay here.
- The rooms are clean and small but are tastefully decorated with furniture that appear to be antiquish in style. There is a flat screen TV but other amenities seem to blend into the decorum.
- The bathroom is adequate size with a small vanity. The tub is good size with constant hot water and a good spray from the shower head. Towels are soft and large and plenty of them. There are 2 heavy terry cloth shower robes provided in an actual closet (with a door) in the room. There was a heavily stained floor towel in our bathroom but otherwise, was spotless.
- The beds are some of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in (and with my back issues, that says a lot).
- The elevators are smallish (no more than 4 people per car realistically) but quick. The voice calling out the destination floor is pleasant but creepy at first.
- The convenience of having Seattle's Best coffee shop as a part of the Hotel was excellent. The coffee and service are great. Breakfast sandwiches above average.
Biggest Detraction: You have to park 1.5 blocks away on the top floor, which is uncovered, (3rd floor) of a parking garage that has no elevator and then walk to the hotel. There is a drop off zone but no closer parking.

Overall, for the ambience, convenience of some of the best shopping in Rapid City, and sleeping in some of the best beds around, you will not go wrong with staying here. I have a feeling that my daughter and I will be back for a return stay.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Flatwoods, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012 via mobile

The historical hotel is beautiful. Some things need to be changed. For the price per night, they should at least offer valet parking. Parking was in a parking garage a block or two away. It wad raining when we arrived. No shelter to unload luggage under. Bar/lounge area was nice. Rooms were ok for historical purposes but hallways smelled moldy and mattresses were uncomfortable.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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rochester, ny
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5 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2012

This newly renovated, centrally located historic hotel would have received a 5 if it weren't for the fact that our kingbed room was small - charming, but small. So, my only advice is to inquire before you book. Other than that, a perfect 5.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 523 6th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
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Location: United States > South Dakota > Rapid City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Rapid City
#19 Family Hotel in Rapid City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Collection hotel 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. ... more   less 
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