$59 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jan 4, 2015 Check-out: Jan 5, 2015

The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

3 stars
523 6th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
59 reviews
Great historic hotel with great vibes

The Alex Johnson Hotel is the tallest structure in town by about seven stories. The red neon... See full review

  • Black Hills Bound
  • Jun 30, 2014
I LOVE this hotel and Rapid City!!

I had no idea what to expect but WOW! The rooftop bar was wonderful: we had a seat by the window... See full review

  • MexMe79
  • Jun 12, 2014
Modern luxury meets 1920s grandeur in this downtown historic landmark
The Hotel Alex Johnson offers a thoroughly modern experience (flat-screen televisions, pillowtop beds) in a rich 1920s setting. Railroad magnate Alex Johnson built the retreat in 1927 (construction began the day before work started on Mount Rushmore), and its original details have been carefully restored (note the bricks in the lobby floor, some of which still show Native American symbols). Today the six-story building serves as a fixture in the historic district of downtown, surrounded by shops, galleries and restaurants.
Highlights
  • Elegantly restored historic landmark in the heart of downtown Rapid City
  • Home to Seattle's Best Cafe and Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Recipient of the First Governor's Great Service Award and Governor's Service Star
Rooms
All 143 guest rooms at the Hotel Alex Johnson have been restored to 21st-century standards without sacrificing their original character -- think exposed wood beams and elegant armoires. Flat-screen televisions and pillowtop beds are the standard here, and some rooms also feature hot tubs, kitchenettes, wet bars and other upgraded amenities.
Dining
The Hotel Alex Johnson is home to the largest Seattle's Best Cafe in the country. In addition to fresh pastries and cookies, the coffeehouse also serves hot breakfast and lunch sandwiches in a relaxed setting with free Wi-Fi, HDTVs and a fireplace ringed by cozy leather chairs. Guests can also choose from numerous restaurants within walking distance.
Entertainment
Also located at the Hotel Alex Johnson, Paddy O'Neill's Irish Pub pours upscale beers and whiskeys from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. In the warmer months, snag a seat outside and watch passersby. Live entertainment comes through here on a weekly basis, and patrons can play Video Lottery, too.
Recreation
Health fans will appreciate the state-of-the-art fitness center (stocked with cardiovascular equipment and weights) at the Hotel Alex Johnson, while the on-site Paul Mitchell Salon and Spa invites the weary to relax and unwind.
Transportation
  • Rapid City Regional Airport (9 mi/14.5 km)
Attractions
  • Crazy Horse Memorial (25 mi/40.2 km)
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial (25 mi/40.2 km)
  • Bear Country U.S.A. (30 mi/48.3 km)
  • Canyon Lake (30 mi/48.3 km)
  • Deadwood (40 mi/64.4 km)
  • Badlands National Park (40 mi/64.4 km)
  • Custer State Park (60 mi/96.6 km)
  • Jewel Cave National Monument (70 mi/112.7 km)
  • Wind Cave National Park (75 mi/120.7 km)
  • Buffalo Gap Grasslands (80 mi/128.7 km)
Policies and fees
The hotel has a historic preservation fee of $5 USD per room per night.

 

 

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Non Smoking
General
Non Smoking
Pet friendly
Activities
Exercise gym
Disco
Dining
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Lounge
Coffee shop
Vending machines
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Multilingual
In-Room Safe
Barber shop
Barber/Beauty shop
FAX
Gift shop
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking
Outdoor parking
Accessibility
Ramp access to buildings
Brailled elevators
Room
Television with cable
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Hairdryer in room
Microwave
Turndown service
In room movies
Sofa bed
Iron
Wet bar

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (59)

Ratings and reviews for The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
59 out of 59
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.9

83% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gail from KC
Business
Kansas City, MO
Dec 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Trip

Loved the atmosphere, chuckled at our "vintage" room, our first night we stayed we were put in a very small room with a king size bed and very small bathroom - we could wash our hands while sitting on the toilet (I'm sure it used to be a closet) second night (a few days later) we stayed in a bigger room with a king sized bed and bigger bathroom. Much more comfortable. But, we love character so were happy with both. Our adult kids stayed in rooms with queen beds and were very happy with their rooms. Enjoyed the bar and over looking the city lights. Will stay there again! Location is the best!!! Staff were great

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Must eat at the "Talley's Silver Spoon" Again, Must eat at the "Talley's Silver Spoon"

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Review of The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
lovelyfunjen
Business
Rapid City
Oct 6, 2014

Great location

This is a lovely older hotel and great benefits with check in. My daughter got sick and they even ran out to get us Theraflu.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

This is right downtown and there are a ton of great restaurants within a short walk.

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Review of The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
lovelyfunjen
Business
Rapid City
Oct 1, 2014

Good location

While the location was good, the ammenities were even better. We enjoyed it very much.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
cloudcap
Business
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Sep 3, 2014

Retirement Trip

Hotel was very nice. Location was perfect. Central to all site seeing spots in the Black Hills. Down side - no continental breakfast, and no secure Wi-Fi. Housekeeping could have been better. Gift shop and gift shop staff were fantastic, and very friendly and helpful with info on places to go and things to do. Much better info than the front desk.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Do NOT miss Crazy Horse. It is awesome.

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Review of The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Namow
Business
Glenview
Aug 22, 2014

Key spot for gateway to Badlands and Black Hills area

The hotel has the historic feeling and needs some updates in food service amenities

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
44Cb
Business
Ankeny IA
Jul 31, 2014

A stop on our way to vacation in Deadwood

The hotel was great; but I think I could of made the reservations and saved $30 fee. Next time I will call the hotel direcetly. The price was high.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Bfm 3529
Business
Minneapolis, Mn.
Jul 24, 2014

old hotel, not much nice to say

Hotel is old, never upgraded, hotel parking 2 blocks away. 90+ degree s, A/C wasn't working, they finally moved me, wouldn't go back

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

book hotels early, this is a major tourist area

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Review of The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Durbin
Business
Sacramento, Ca
Jul 9, 2014

Classic hotel

Stay was excellent, hotel was beautiful. Nice to see classic western hotel in such great shape. Only complaint was the air conditioner was a little weak, so room was a little warmer than desired comfort level

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
CaliCouple1
Business
Yorba Linda
Jul 7, 2014

Average Hotel

(+): great bar with live music, located steps away from the activities at Main Square, attached coffee shop opens at 5am, historical. (-): parking garage was located a block away. Window blinds were stuck, TV remote didn't work, no hair conditioner, no closets, smaller than average room.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Visit Mt Rushmore before 8am to beat the crowds. Great motorcycle country. I wish I had mine with me.

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Review of The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Black Hills Bound
Business
Washington DC
Jun 30, 2014

Great historic hotel with great vibes

The Alex Johnson Hotel is the tallest structure in town by about seven stories. The red neon letters at the top act as a beacon so we were easily able to find it without GPS. The coolest thing was the rooftop bar with great views to the Black Hills to the west and over the entire city. Restricted to guests of the hotel, it was very lively and fun. Downstairs is an Irish pub with live music. The location in the charming old part of town was perfect. The room was a generous size, newly renovated,and the service was excellent. All for a reasonable price. In addition, there is a large coffee shop with wifi and dozens of comfortable chairs. A great place to finish working on a project or just to relax.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: In Hotel

Alex Johnson Mercantile has an interesting collection of items from Native American artifacts to arts and crafts as well as practical things such as newspapers and guidebooks.

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