I just did a cross-country road trip to help a friend move from Vermont to Oregon. We randomly stopped in Rapid City, SD so that we would be close to Mt Rushmore the next morning. We saw the Alex Johnson Hotel as we drove into downtown and assumed it would be way too expensive! We called anyway and were shocked to find out it was only $39 for the night! The room was gorgeous and very nice. Of our entire trip this was the least expensive room we stayed in but by far the nicest! We also got vouchers for some free appetizers with purchases of cocktails. The staff was very nice, the food and drinks at the rooftop bar were delicious, and the view from up there was amazing! As we ate a lovely dinner we did some research on the hotel on our phones and found out that it is a known haunted hotel! Our first though was well no wonder it was only $39! We found out that the 8th floor is haunted, particularly room 812. Luckily we were on the 6th floor! But the curiosity got the best of us and we decided to go on a small ghost hunting tour! We went to the 8th floor and took some photos outside the haunted room. As we were leaving I turned to take one more photo and in the last photo a shiny floating orb showed up! I showed my friend and we got a little freaked out and ran back to the elevator, suddenly feeling creeped out! We ran inside the elevator and tried to close the door behind us but none of the buttons would work and the door would not close! We were stuck there for a couple minutes, giggling and screaming and being scared but thrilled at the same time. The elevator finally worked and we went back to our room and definitely laughed about our ghost experience all night! We did hear some weird sounds throughout the night, but it may have just been our over-active imaginations! We woke up the next morning well rested and excited to share our experience! I have always wanted to stay at a haunted hotel and it was awesome! As we drove away and talked about it we kept thinking that everyone we encountered in the hotel was a ghost. Each person was a little strange and very quiet, the place was almost completely desserted, and as we drove away it felt like "wow, did that really just happen? or was that whole thing a dream?" I would definitely stay at the Alex Johnson hotel again! For an exciting, thriling ghost hunting experience, or just for a nice night in a nice hotel room for a great price!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Alex Johnson Hotel
- Alex Johnson Rapid City