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Rapid City, SD: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find hotels & motels in Rapid City using the list below. Find cheap and discounted hotel/motel rates in or nearby Rapid City, SD for your upcoming personal or group trip. Discover the most favored Rapid City South Dakota hotel rooms. Review the Rapid City hotel list below to find the perfect lodging. We also have a map of the Rapid City hotels. Need 5+ Rooms? Secure Rapid City Group Hotel Rates or Check out the best Rapid City meeting hotels

The Rapid City center is approximately the area of National American University and the area of Journey Museum.

Nestled between the Black Hills and the Great Plains, Rapid City is a mid-sized community with intriguing ties to the Old West. Whether you're visiting on business, traveling to Mount Rushmore or Deadwood, or just passing through, Rapid City just might inspire you to plan a return trip to explore this unique area further. More from this guide...

Rapid City Hotels & Accommodations

Mainstay Suites : 3321 Outfitter Rd. 3321 Outfitter Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701 Website
  • Economy Suburban hotel
  • 97 sleeping rooms in hotel
Cambria Hotel & Suites Rapid City - Rapid City 3333 Outfitter Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701 Website
  • Midscale Highway property
  • 4 floors in hotel
Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza 505 North 5th St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • You'll be delighted when you walk into the Holiday Inn Rapid City – Rushmore Plaza Hotel. A greenery-filled atrium and 60-foot waterfall greet you as you walk through the front door. Enjoy all the comforts of home in one of the well-appointed guest rooms. When you're not in your room, take a dip in the indoor swimming pool or soak up some sun on the sun deck. Dine on a tasty meal at the on-site restaurant and sip cocktails at the bar. If business calls you uring your trip, the hotel offers eight meeting rooms and business services to cater to your needs. The hotel is near many of the Rapid City attractions, including Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, the Badlands National Park, and the Wind Caves National Park.
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • 205 sleeping rooms in hotel
Howard Johnson Inn & Suites
950 North St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Located just three blocks from downtown Rapid City, the Howard Johnson Inn and Suites –Rapid City offers comfortable accommodations near the attractions of this South Dakota City. View the breathtaking display of presidents carved into Mount Rushmore. See priceless artifacts at the Journey Museum. Attend a festival or event at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. You won't have to travel far to find a meal, as there are several restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. When you are ready for some rest and relaxation, retire to your well-appointed guest room, go for a swim in the indoor swimming pool, or enjoy a soak in one of the two hot tubs. The hotel also offers business services and meeting rooms for your business needs.
  • Low priced Convention Center hotel
  • 3 meeting rooms in property
  • Clean hotel with fantastic service
  • Great facilities
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Comfort Inn I 90 1550 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Low-priced Mountain hotel
  • Hotel has 2 floors
  • Rooms are ok
  • Kitchenette needs more attention
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Grandstay Residential Suites in Rapid City 660 Disk Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Midscale Convention Center hotel
  • Hotel has 53 suites
  • Friendly helpful staff
  • Great location
Hilton Garden Inn - Rapid City 815 East Mall Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • 3-star Highway property
  • Check in: 3pm
Mainstay Suites - Rapid City Outfitter Rd. Next To 3231 East Mall Dr., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • Low Cost property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
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Comfort Suites Rapid City : 1333 North Elk Vale Rd. 1333 North Elk Vale Rd., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • 3-star Convention Center property
  • Airport shuttle available
  • Comfort level is high
  • Popular among families
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Sleep Inn & Suites - Rapid City 4031 Cheyenne Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • 2 star Highway hotel
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm
Residence Inn by Marriott 581 Watiki Way, Box Elder, SD 57719 ~4.34 miles east of Rapid City
  • Affordable Airport property
  • Check in time: 3:00 PM
Home2 Suites by Hilton Rapid City 621 Watiki Way, Box Elder, SD 57719 ~4.39 miles east of Rapid City
  • Midscale hotel
K Bar S Lodge An Ascend Hotel Collection Member 434 Old Hill City Rd., Keystone, SD 57751 ~16.24 miles southwest of Rapid City
  • 3-star hotel
  • Check in: 11:00
Best Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites 601 East Main St., Hill City, SD 57745 ~19.47 miles southwest of Rapid City
  • Three Star property
  • 25 suites in property
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Comfort Inn & Suites Near Mt. Rushmore - Hill City
12454 Old Hill City Rd., Hill City, SD 57745 ~19.65 miles southwest of Rapid City
  • Two-star property
  • Check-in time: 11:00
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hill City Mt. Rushmore Area 12444 Old Hill City Rd., Hill City, SD 57745 ~19.78 miles southwest of Rapid City
  • Low priced hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
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The Rushmore Hotel 445 Mount Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Three Star Downtown hotel
  • 9 floors in hotel
  • Wifi quality could be improved
  • Artistic design features
The Hotel Alex Johnson : 523 6th St. 523 6th St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • 31 suites in hotel
  • Menu is adequate
  • Great service
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Days Inn West : 725 Jackson Blvd.
725 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57702
  • Inexpensive Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 54 rooms
  • Right next to stores
  • Excellent price
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Comfort Inn & Suites 915 Fairmont Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • 2-star property
  • Hotel has 82 rooms
Americas Best Value Inn 620 Howard St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Cheap Mountain property
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
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Grand Gateway Hotel - Rapid City 1721 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • The family-owned and operated Grand Gateway Hotel is located right in the heart of Rapid City, providing you with close access to all of the sights and attractions of this South Dakota city. Nearby, you will find a number of attractions to visit, including the famed Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, the Civic Center Arena, and the Central State Fair Grounds. With so much to see and do in Rapid City, you will need some time to rest and unwind. The hotel is the ideal spot for recharging your batteries with spacious guest rooms, on-site dining, and an inviting swimming pool.
  • Midscale Convention Center property
  • Hotel has 132 rooms
The Foothills Inn : 1625 North Lacrosse St. 1625 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Two star Convention Center hotel
  • 8 meeting rooms in hotel
  • No lift
  • Medium distance to city centre
Days Inn Rapid City 1570 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • 2-star Mountain property
  • 5 suites in property
  • Most guests criticized the small bathroom
  • Fantastic service
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Rapid City Hampton Inn 1720 Rapp St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Affordable Highway hotel
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • Great breakfast
  • Poorly maintained property
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When to Visit Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City's steppe climate means that the area has long, dry summers and winters and very short spring and fall seasons. In the summer, temperatures usually reach the upper 80s during the day and cool off significantly at night. In the winter, temperatures typically reach the upper 30s. Spring tends to be the wettest season, with March receiving an average of 9 inches of snow and May getting an average of 3.25 inches of rain. In the summer, sunshine abounds and the skies typically remain dry.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Rapid City, SD:

seasonality of hotel rates in Rapid City

Rapid City by Star Rating

Below are 3 charts demonstrating mean nightly cost trends by star rating class in Rapid City, SD. You can use these illustrations to evaluate the cheapest months to book a room in Rapid City for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotels in Rapid City, South Dakota

From upscale business hotels to boutique accommodations, Rapid City's luxury hotels won't disappoint.

Located near Rushmore Plaza, the Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza is convenient to most Rapid City hotspots. Book a standard room, an executive room, or a king suite, and enjoy amenities like video game consoles, satellite programming, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Take a dip in the year-round indoor pool, soak in the spa tub, and sit down to a nice meal at the restaurant. Hop on the complimentary area shuttle to explore all that Rapid City has to offer.

Stay at the Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton, and you'll be in the heart of Rapid City's action. Get a great night's rest on a pillow-top bed, rock out to your favorite tunes with an iPod docking station, and catch up on your favorite shows with an LCD TV. You can easily stay in touch with family or complete work projects with free Wi-Fi. If you're looking for total relaxation, book a body treatment or massage or enjoy a leisurely meal at the on-site restaurant. Catch a ride to the airport on the hotel's complimentary round-trip shuttle.

If you're looking for a more unique property, book your stay at The Rushmore Hotel and Suites. This hotel has 177 guestrooms with comfortable pillow-top beds, cable programming, and designer toiletries. Stay in shape at the nearby fitness center, and enjoy a drink or a meal at the restaurant. In the morning, wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast. Whether you're planning a family party or a business conference, book the 2,340 square feet of event space at the Rushmore Hotel and Suites.

Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Rapid City, South Dakota

3 Star Average Prices: $129.50

With so many budget-friendly hotels to choose from in Rapid City, saving money on accommodations couldn't be easier.

With some of the lowest rates in the Rapid City area, you can't go wrong with a stay at the M Star Rapid City. Book a double room or a deluxe suite with all the basics like a flat-screen TV with cable programming and complimentary Wi-Fi. Save on already low room rates with free self-parking.

Convenient to the Journey Museum and just 15 miles from Historic Deadwood, the Super 8 Rapid City / Lacrosse Street is one of the best located budget hotels in the area. All of the 118 guestrooms include essentials like flat-screen TVs with cable programming and complimentary Internet access. Get your day started on the right foot with a complimentary continental breakfast, and save with free self-parking.

Stay at the Travelodge Rapid City, and you'll be right in the center of the action. This budget-friendly hotel is just minutes from the National American University and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. All of the 99 rooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations, as well as cable programming and coffee makers. Indulge in a complimentary breakfast each morning, and take a dip in the outdoor pool during the summer months. The Travelodge offers a free airport shuttle to make your trip even more convenient.

Convenient to most Rapid City attractions, the Days Inn Rapid City SD has 54 basic guestrooms with essentials like cable programming and free Wi-Fi. Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast, and work it off in the 24-hour fitness center. During the warmer months, the hotel's outdoor pool is the ideal place to cool off. In the evening, enjoy a beer or a cocktail in the hotel lounge.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Rapid City

2 Star Average Prices: $107.45

2 Star Hotel Prices in Rapid City

Which Rapid City hotels have real discounts?

Get extra space and all the amenities you want without overspending at one of these best value options in Rapid City.

Whether you book a king room or a suite at the Baymont Inn & Suites Rapid City, you'll have access to amenities like refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs. Rely on the free Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family or catch up on work. Relax by the indoor pool, and enjoy a soak in the spa tub.

On Rapid City's north side, the Best Western Ramkota Hotel offers plenty of value with spacious rooms and all the amenities you want. Choose from standard king rooms, business queen rooms, or king suites. Some rooms feature fireplaces, and all include desks, coffee makers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Make a splash in one of two indoor swimming pools, spend the evening at the on-site casino, and get expert assistance with booking tickets. Enjoy a stress-free night by hopping on the area shuttle and leaving your car behind. Plan an event of any size with 36,000 square feet of event space.

Located on the north side of the city, the Ramada Rapid City is convenient to the Journey Museum and the Minnilusa Pioneer Museum. This large hotel has 210 guestrooms that include cable programming, workspaces, and complimentary internet access. With a game room, an indoor pool, and a fitness center, keeping the whole family entertained is a breeze. Have a meal at one of three on-site restaurants, or order in without leaving the comfort of your room.

Just west of Rapid City, the Coyote Blues Village Bed and Breakfast is located in the Black Hills National Forest. This bed and breakfast has 10 individually decorated guestrooms, and each one includes complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa tub, or curl up by the lobby fireplace. In the morning, wake up to a continental breakfast, included in the room rate, and take a stroll through the garden. Take advantage of the free self-parking, and plan a great adventure in the Black Hills.

Best Hotel Discounts in Rapid City, South Dakota

Get even better deals on Rapid City hotels when you apply group discounts to your rate. AAA members save 5 percent or more on room rates at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and the Days Inn Rapid City SD. AARP members and seniors get low rates at the Baymont Inn & Suites Rapid City, while members of the military and government employees get guaranteed low rates at the Ramada Rapid City.

Can’t-Miss Attractions in Rapid City, South Dakota

Take a stroll through Rapid City's thriving downtown area to shop in the boutiques, have a bite to eat in the restaurants, and enjoy performances in the square. Brush up on your history by identifying the presidential statues that dot the city center.

As the Gateway to the Black Hills, Rapid City is the ideal place to call home during a visit to this vast area. Just a short drive west of the city, the Black Hills National Forest spans 1.2 million acres of mountains and forested hills. Though you can drive to several Black Hills attractions, leaving your car behind to hike, canoe, and bike is one of the highlights of any visit. Inside the park, don't miss Mount Rushmore or the Crazy Horse Memorial, both easy drives from Rapid City.

Sixty miles east of Rapid City you'll find Badlands National Park, another natural highlight in South Dakota. If you're in a hurry, the Badlands Highway 240 Loop Road offers a good overview of the area. If you have time to spare, however, get some fresh air and hike the easy Door Trail or challenge yourself to taking on the strenuous Saddle Pass. Stop by the Fossil Preparation Lab to watch paleontologists at work and stay late to see the night sky at the Cedar Pass Campground Amphitheater.

About 40 miles northeast of Rapid City, Deadwood remains one of the wildest spots in the Old West. History buffs will love witnessing the historical reenactments and Old West shootouts right on Main Street, along with seeing the graves of Western legends like Calamity Jane. If you're feeling lucky, you can even play roulette and craps in the gaming halls and casinos in town.

Whether you want to relax in Rapid City or use the area as a base to explore the rest of South Dakota, this small city delights. Start planning your trip today, and see why travelers of all types enjoy Rapid City.

'Ballet needs figures that people can recognize and relate to. People don't know ballet dancers as well as they know other artists.' These words were spoken by David Hallberg, the principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. 

The 'Swift Water City' 

The second largest city in South Dakota, Rapid City is the county seat of Pennington County and it was named after Rapid Creek. The city is beautifully set against the eastern Black Hills mountain range slope and is commonly referred to as the Gateway to the Black Hills or the City of Presidents. The Black Hills alone attract thousands of tourists each year from all over the  country, as well as the world, and some largely popular attractions of the area include Mount Rushmore, Custer Slate Park, Crazy horse Memorial and the Wind Cave National Park. 

Rapid City has long been famous as the gateway to the real west and it has a very rich Native American and cowboy heritage. There are some mammoth outdoor sculptures that tourists usually find amazing, and people who may fancy something different can check out the South Dakota Air and Space Museum. Hotels in Rapid City are usually crowded since the tourist traffic consistently remains high, and you'll be surprised at the wide variety of Rapid City Hotels you'll have at your disposal. 

Traveling the Smart Way 

If you would rather enjoy spending on experiences than fancy lodgings, there are many cheap hotels in these vicinities that you can choose from. One thing to remember about these cheap hotels is the fact that they can also be found online, offering great seasonal discounts. Choose places like La Quinta Inn & Suites, American Lodge & Suites, Best Western Ramkota Hotel, or Travelodge, to make sure you find the kind of accommodations that you are looking for. 

Spending Extra For Extraordinary Traveling

If luxury hotels are what you are looking for, rest easy; there is a long list of great hotels in Rapid City that you can choose from. The great thing about Rapid City Hotels is the fact that they are extremely hospitable and offer impeccable services, so all your needs will be looked after. You can choose to stay in Econo Lodge, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, Big Sky Lodge, or the Canyon Lake Resort to make sure you get your money's worth! 

Find a Boutique Among the Black Hills 

An important thing to remember is the fact that Rapid City is a major tourist attraction due to its landscape, and the best way to enjoy a natural terrain is by getting in touch with it. There are many independent hotels and inns in Rapid City that can offer you all the luxury of a 5 star hotel, with a cultural touch to add some thrill. Places like Hotel Alex Johnson, Adoba Eco Hotel, Cambria Hotel & Suites or the Summer Creek inn & Spas offer a fresh break with a great atmosphere. These hotels are fully equipped with the best of amenities, and provide services to make sure you leave the facility happy as a clown! 

Government Per Diem Rates in Rapid City, SD Chart

Below are the GSA reimbursement limits for hotel spending in Rapid City, SD excluding taxes per night. See for more details.

Applies to Pennington

Season BeginSeason EndLodging RateMeals & Incidentals
October 1, 2017May 31, 2018$93.00$59.00
June 1, 2018August 31, 2018$148.00$59.00
September 1, 2018September 30, 2018$93.00$59.00

Verified reviews of the city: Rapid City, SD

Below are reviews of the city of Rapid City, SD from an actual visitor's perspective.

"Great Location "
Score 4.0 / 5

This hotel is walking distance to downtown which is a great place to visit- cute women's boutiques, native american shops,and great restaurants. Every Thursday in the summer, they have live bands downtown from 6-9 pm. We had really good food at Kol's, Murphy's Pub and Grille, and Tally's Silver Spoon. We ate breakfast at the hotel each morning and the food was very good- especially the hash browns and coffee

Nan M., from 26-Jul-2016
"Great Location"
Score 5.0 / 5

Amazing scenery and location close to Rushmore and Crazyhorse

Anita M., from 03-Jul-2016
Score 4.0 / 5

Amazing scenery and location close to Rushmore and Crazyhorse

Anita M., from 03-Jul-2016
"A Great Family Friendly City"
Score 4.0 / 5

This city holds family for us and we have seen the sights many times. However, you must have your own transportation to get around.

Jennifer B., from 14-Jun-2015
"Explore a Pleasant City"
Score 4.0 / 5

We had a wonderful experience shoe (boot) shopping In Rapid City.

Alletta B., from 30-Aug-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Rapid City, SD shown above is 4.2 out of 5 based on 5 reviews
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