Compared to other hotels and motels in the Mt. Rushmore area, it's definitely a welcome change. I wouldn't call it a luxury hotel but it's definitely boutique and upscale. Reminded me a lot of a European hotel - small room, tiny elevator, but very comfortable bed. Room did not seem to have any refrigerator/mini bar and not sure these are available on request but we could have used that for our water bottles and snacks.
Hotel staff was friendly and we enjoyed some of the amenities such as Vertex Skybar and 2 for 1 beverages at Seattle's Best in the lobby. Great location near shops and restaurants and airport is only a 20 minute drive away. Gave us an easier drive to catch an early morning flight home than if we had stayed in Custer or Hill City nearer to the main attractions of the area.
The parking situation is not as bad as some reviewers have mentioned. You can park your car in the loading area of the hotel for up to 1 hr so you can get your luggage out, take it up to your room and then move your car to the garage one block away. Also parking on the street near the hotel is available for free on weekends.
Overall, we enjoyed it and would stay again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alex Johnson Hotel
- Alex Johnson Rapid City