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“Great place to stay with a family. Good rooms and Great Rates!” 4 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson Inn & Suites
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   950 North Street, Rapid City, SD 57701   |  
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Ranked #10 of 52 hotels in Rapid City
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great place to stay with a family. Good rooms and Great Rates!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

I recently stayed here with my wife and two small children (3 and 15 months) and we were pleasantly surprised. We noticed this hotel had only a two star rating, and I have no idea why it is so low! It was a great place with clean quiet rooms, great rates, and a perfect location to all the attractions such as Mt Rushmore, Custer State Park, Keystone, etc. We loved the breakfast every morning, and it was never crowded. The front desk was very polite and helpful, and we would definitely stay here again!! If you are looking for a clean nice hotel with a large pool and cheap rates, you can not beat this one.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NancyJSmith, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn & Suites, responded to this review, November 21, 2011
Thank you for your wonderful comments regarding your stay at our hotel. We're happy to be a family hotel and we hope you can come back soon.
Thank you again.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hamden, CT
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17 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

Our friends and my wife and I were on a Road Scholar Tour which was due to be at the Rapid City Howard Johnson Hotel for three nights - 2 at the beginning and 1 at the end of the tour. We decided to arrive a day early and were able to get a room at the same hotel. Howard Johnson hotels disappeared from my neck of the woods in New England some time ago and were mostly glorified motels, so I didn't expect much. What a pleasant surprise, and we have traveled in many parts of the world and stayed in a great variety of places.

The rooms are large, and we wound up in a room with 2 king beds. It is well equipped, clean and attractive. The only real drawback is that the lighting is on the dim side. The wireless worked great. The location is not in the center of things, but is a reasonably short walk, about 15 minutes, and you can go through a wonderful park near their large concert center. Unexpectedly, the park has a permanent display of 2 sections of the Berlin wall.

When we arrived, the woman at the reception, Marie, had a little problem finding our reservation because it seems to have been entered wrong because of our extra booked night. She was very busy, others were waiting to check in and the phone was ringing constantly from people needing a room over the jam-packed Labor Day weekend , but she was diligent, patient and very pleasant while she was straightening out the confusion.

The included breakfast buffet is pretty standard for this type of place. A rather small selection, but adequate.

The cost is quite reasonable, an overall very good value.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NancyJSmith, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn & Suites, responded to this review, November 21, 2011
Thank you for complimenting our hotel. We want every guest to be surprised and wowed by their stay and we're happy that we succeeded with you. We hope you can come back and stay with us soon.
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Hot Springs,Ar
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17 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

Expectations not high when saw this motel, but inside was spacious and clean. Very nice rooms. We liked it so much we wanted to stay an additional night, but they were booked up. Not super convenient; you need to get in the car to get anything to eat, but well worth price.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NancyJSmith, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn & Suites, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to write a great review of our property. Please know that your feedback is extremely valuable to us and we appreciate your comments.
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Fargo ND
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28 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

When we first pulled up to the hotel we were a bit skeptical because it wasn't situated in the most scenic areas. It wasn't in an unsafe or dumpy area, it was just in an okay part of Rapid City. The property itself was very nice though. The landscaping was tasteful and the building was decorated nicely and in very good condition. The location seemed to be convenient for our daily sightseeing commutes.

The customer service we received throughout our stay was excellent! The staff was helpful in directing us to our destinations or making recommendations for meals. They knew we had a small child with us and they arranged to have a pack and play already in our room before we checked in.

We had booked a 2 king bed room. The spacious room had a dividing wall between the 2 beds that was about 3-4 feet long. That was a very nice feature for our family since we have young kids that go to bed earlier than we do. We could watch TV or have the lights on on our side of the room without disturbing them. There was a TV (old school tube, not flat screen) that we didn't use very much anyway, a fridge and microwave. The bathroom vanity was on the outside of the bathroom. And the beds were EXTREMELY comfortable! The cleaning staff did a very nice job of keeping it tidy.

We began each day with a hearty continental breakfast. There was something for everyone; cereals, pastries, toast, bagels, hard boiled eggs, breakfast burritos, fresh fruit, coffee, juice, milk, etc. There was a stack of the local newspaper for your reading pleasure, too (which was also delivered to our door each morning).

Each evening, Monday thru Thursday I believe, they offer a wine and beer social. Three different kinds of Franzia and Bud Light and Miller Light, if memory serves. And it was FREE!

The pool area was always kept clean and stocked with towels. There were also two hottubs.

If we ever return to Rapid City we would, hands down, stay here again! It was comfortable, reasonably priced and they offered excellent customer service!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NancyJSmith, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn & Suites, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
Thank you for your great comments about your stay. It is our desire to make each and every guest experience the best it can be, and we're happy we have succeeded with you. We hope to be of service to you in the future.
Nancy J Smith
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

The hotel was real nice and centrally located. The three front office people ( Amber, Abby and Michele) were very courteous and extremely helpful. The breakfast room had about 10 tables. The rooms were larger than I expected, having just replaced the matresses I have been told that the next project are flat screen TV's. The bathrooms were clean. The continental breakfast was adequate, as the only hot items were waffles and microwaved bacon, cheese and egg burritos. Great variety of cold items. The breakfast room had about 10 tables. The vending machine were great in that the items were fairly priced, i.e. can of pepsi was only a $1. I would definitely go back to this hotel !!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NancyJSmith, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn & Suites, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
Thank you for responding to Trip Advisor about your stay. We appreciate guests such as yourself and hope we can serve you again.
Thank you, again.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2011

I stayed here with my fiance for a night and we had a great time! Our room looked newly updated; everything was clean and comfortable as well. The hotel is a short drive from the airport (I think they had a shuttle?) which was great because we had a 6am flight. During the week the hotel has a Manager's Reception which was a lot of fun. The hotel gave out free beer, wine, soda, and popcorn for about an hour and a half. The lady working then (I think it was Colleen) was super nice and easy to talk to. We went swimming and the pool was nice and appeared clean. The hot tub was WAY too hot to sit in but we dipped our legs in for a while. We were both surprised at how nice this place was and would stay here again if we are back in the area.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NancyJSmith, General Manager at Howard Johnson Inn & Suites, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
Thank you for choosing our hotel for your stay, and for your great comments. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us. We look forward to seeing you in the future.
Nancy J Smith
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Livorno, Italy
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

During our visit (2 days as a family of four with 2 kids) in Black Hills area our choice to stay in Howard Johnson Inn & Suites was right. First of all the hotel is clean and the room (Double queens) comfortable and roomy and so is the bathroom. Besides, the hotel is conveniently located to reach easily all the areas of Rapid City. Going to Custer State Park and Rushmore was easy as well and took us less than an hour.
Restaurants, Malls and retail store are really nearby.
In few words it was a right choice.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Inn & Suites

Address: 950 North Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
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Location: United States > South Dakota > Rapid City
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Rapid City
#9 Business Hotel in Rapid City
#10 Family Hotel in Rapid City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Inn & Suites 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Howard Johnson in Rapid City, South Dakota, constructed in 2002, is family-owned and features 97 oversized guest rooms including 32 suites and nearly 2,000 square feet of meeting space. ... more   less 
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