$49 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Apr 22, 2015 Check-out: Apr 23, 2015

The Hotel Alex Johnson, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

3 stars
View map of 523 6th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
61 reviews
Very nice, historic hotel.

Staff were very helpful and accommodating. Great location. See full review

  • kimba1188
  • Feb 3, 2015
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
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.

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

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
61 out of 61
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4.5
Value:
4

84% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
barzell
Business
hermosa
Apr 6, 2015

decent night

The room was tiny but very clean. The toilet was very slow to flush. The location was great I could walk to restaurants and bars. There were several different taxes added and when I asked for explanations I was told that one of them was optional, a historical restoration fee or something. I said I'd rather not pay it if it was optional so the girl at the front desk said that that was fine but I wouldn't receive discounts to their bar and restaurant And she would take the fee off. The next morning I woke up with the fee billed to my credit card anyway.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
kimba1188
Business
N/A
Feb 3, 2015

Very nice, historic hotel.

Staff were very helpful and accommodating. Great location.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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

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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
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
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
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
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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