I had a mixture of good and bad experiences during my two night stay at the Aboda Eco Hotel. The hotel itself is very easy to find in downtown Rapid City, and offers ample free parking right next to the hotel. The lobby of the hotel is very pretty, with a nice tile of Mount Rushmore on the floor. The check in staff and the restaurant staff were very friendly and seemed eager to accommodate the guests. In the lobby there is also a coffee/gift shop and a small casino (slot machines).
My room was on the 7th floor close to the elevator, and I could hear the elevator machinery every time the elevator was called. It wasn’t too loud, but was noticeable. I’m not really sure why the hotel is designated as an Eco hotel. While there was a special showerhead, the toilet used considerably more water than mine at home does, and the water faucets were in no way flow restricted. The bathroom was somewhat cramped, but functional. The bed is made with a pillow top mattress and a good comforter, which made sleeping easier. Now, the hotel is right on Main Street, and quite a bit of street noise is noticeable. If you are in a room facing the street, you’ll know it. There are several bars outside, with loud patrons yelling in the middle of the night. There are train tracks close to the hotel but I didn’t hear any trains go through while I stayed here.
There are several restaurants and bars within easy walking distance, including the Firehouse Brewery which I’d recommend. Mount Rushmore is about a half hour drive away; simply follow Mt. Rushmore drive which runs right next to the hotel.
On my last evening (a Saturday night), I had an unfortunate experience here. At about the time the bars closed, two extremely loud, drunk hotel guests came up to my floor and were among other things yelling obscenities and laughing loudly, having a conversation with each other seemingly at the top of their lungs. This went on for more than five minutes before I guess they finally figured out that they needed to go to bed. While downtown hotels are convenient, it seems like this type of behavior is more common here than at hotels by the interstate or not quite in the heart of downtown. The close proximity to the numerous bars in town make it too easy for rude guests to get rip-roaring drunk and stumble back in at 3 AM without considering their noise level or their horrible behavior. I don’t know if this is an every night occurrence or just happens on the weekends, but the fact that it happened to me would keep me from staying here again over a weekend. There are several chain hotels nearby but not right in the heart of downtown that would probably not have as great a likelihood of this type of incident happening. Although this isn’t really the fault of hotel management per se, guests like this damage the reputation of the hotel. Perhaps night security at the hotel should make it a point to do a walk-through of the hallways when obviously loud, drunken guests come back in to nip these problems in the bud early.
Other good points: Free breakfast buffet with omelet bar, free internet, good room coffee.
Avoid rooms facing the main street
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