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Rapid City, SD: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

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The Rapid City center is approximately the area of National American University and the area of Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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/Motels & Accommodations

Mainstay Suites
+1-888-389-4121
3321 Outfitters Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Economy Suburban property
  • Comp. Breakfast
From$45
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Howard Johnson Inn & Suites - Rapid City
+1-888-675-2083
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.
  • Inexpensive Convention Center hotel
  • 98 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Shower was ok
  • The best pool area
From$139
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Hampton Inn & Suites Rushmore in Rapid City
+1-800-716-8490
825 Eglin St. Bldg A, Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Three Star Suburban hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
From$80
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The Rushmore Hotel & Suites BW Premier Collection : 445 Mount Rushmore Rd.
+1-800-805-5223
445 Mount Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • 8 conference rooms in property
  • Shower can be a problem
  • Most guests had problems with the shower
From$63
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Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City Curio Collection by Hilton : 523 6th St.
+1-888-965-1860
523 6th St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • 10 floors in property
  • Good bar service
  • Professional service
From$69
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Holiday Inn Rapid City Downtown Convention Center in Rapid City
+1-888-788-5576
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.
  • 3-star Downtown hotel
  • 21 suites in property
From$64
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Days Inn by Wyndham West Rapid City : 725 Jackson Blvd.
+1-888-897-9207
725 Jackson Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57702
  • Low priced Downtown hotel
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
From$60
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Quality Inn in Rapid City
+1-888-311-4278
750 Cathedral Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Cheap property
  • 3 floors in property
  • Terrific location
  • Clean
From$42
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Comfort Inn And Suites in Rapid City
+1-888-469-4795
915 Fairmont Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Economical hotel
  • Fitness center on property
  • Very comfortable
  • Every guests reviewed enjoyed the restaurants & bars nearby
From$60
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Rodeway Inn Rapid City - Rapid City
+1-888-734-9421
1313 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Low priced property
From$60
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Hampton Inn Rapid City - Rapid City
+1-888-841-5292
1720 Rapp St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • 3 star Highway property
  • 5 suites in property
  • Very good family hotel
  • Average beds
From$59
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TRU by Hilton Rapid City Rushmore
+1-888-455-5160
825 Elgin St. Bldg B, Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Economy property
  • Complimentary breakfast is offered
From$60
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Grandstay Residential Suites Rapid City - Rapid City
+1-888-965-8297
660 Disk Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • 3 star Convention Center hotel
  • Hotel has 3 floors
  • Good breakfast
  • Great service
From$40
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Super 8 by Wyndham Rapid City/Lacrosse St - Rapid City
+1-888-906-6358
2124 Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Two-star hotel
From$60
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Rapid City, an IHG Hotel - Rapid City
+1-888-749-6785
645 East Disk Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • 2-star property
  • Check-in time: 3:00 pm
From$78
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Country Inn & Suites Rapid City Sd in Rapid City
+1-888-878-9982
2321 North Lacrosse Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Midscale Highway property
  • 40 suites in hotel
From$36
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Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City : 815 East Mall Dr.
+1-888-389-4485
815 East Mall Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • 3 star Highway hotel
  • 120 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$79
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Cambria Hotel Rapid City Near Mount Rushmore : 3333 Outfitter Rd.
+1-888-389-4121
3333 Outfitter Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Affordable Highway hotel
  • Shuttle to airport available
From$59
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MainStay Suites Rapid City
+1-888-675-2083
Outfitter Rd. Next To 3231 East Mall Dr., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • Two-star Suburban hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00PM
From$39
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Comfort Suites Conference Center Rapid City
+1-800-716-8490
1333 North Elk Vale Rd., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • Three Star Convention Center hotel
  • 9 meeting rooms in property
  • Generally very clean
  • Most guests said the wifi quality was great
From$58
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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Rapid City in Rapid City
+1-800-805-5223
1314 Elk Vale Rd., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • Three Star hotel
  • Hotel has 48 suites
  • Great location
  • Clean Rooms
From$59
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Sleep Inn And Suites Rapid City : 4031 Cheyenne Blvd.
+1-888-965-1860
4031 Cheyenne Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • Economy Highway property
  • 8 suites in hotel
From$41
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My Place Hotel - Rapid City, SD
+1-888-788-5576
1612 Discovery Circle, Rapid City, SD 57701
  • 3 star Highway property
  • Check in: 15:00
From$50
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham - Rapid City
+1-888-897-9207
1416 North Elk Vale Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Mid-scale Airport hotel
  • Free comp. breakfast
From$43
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Residence Inn by Marriott - Box Elder
+1-888-311-4278
581 Watiki Way, Box Elder, SD 57719 ~4.34 miles east of Rapid City
  • Four star Airport property
  • Hotel has 144 suites
From$64
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Rapid City : 621 Watiki Way
+1-888-469-4795
621 Watiki Way, Box Elder, SD 57719 ~4.39 miles east of Rapid City
  • Affordable Airport hotel
  • 107 suites in hotel
From$49
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Courtyard Rapid City Marriott
+1-888-734-9421
580 Watiki Way, Box Elder, SD 57719 ~4.39 miles east of Rapid City
  • 3-star property
  • 174 rooms in property
From$90
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Sweetgrass Inn in Rapid City
+1-888-841-5292
9356 Neck Yoke Rd., Rapid City, SD 57702
  • Midscale Rural hotel
  • 2 meeting rooms in hotel
From$42
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Summerset Hotel & Suites - Black Hawk
+1-888-455-5160
7900 Black Hawk Rd., Black Hawk, SD 57718 ~6.68 miles northwest of Rapid City
  • Economy Highway property
  • Check in: 3PM
From$60
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rapid City - Rushmore South, an IHG - Rapid City
+1-888-965-8297
1611 Caregiver Circle, Rapid City, SD 57702
  • 3 star property
  • Check in: 15:00
From$80
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Summerset Hotel & Suites
+1-888-906-6358
7900 Stage Stop Rd., Blackhawk, SD 57718 ~10.13 miles northwest of Rapid City
  • Low priced Suburban hotel
  • Free comp. breakfast
  • Food could be better
  • Disappointing food
From$40
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Comfort Inn & Suites Mt. Rushmore
+1-888-749-6785
321 Swanzey St., Keystone, SD 57751 ~16.06 miles southwest of Rapid City
  • Low priced property
  • Hotel has 20 suites
From$140
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Grand Gateway Hotel - Rapid City
+1-888-878-9982
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.
  • Three Star Convention Center property
  • Gym is available on property
From$43
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Foothills Inn
+1-888-389-4485
1625 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Economical Convention Center hotel
  • Comp. Breakfast
  • Not a 5 star motel
  • Amenities are not the best
From$39
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Days Inn by Wyndham Rapid City
+1-888-389-4121
1570 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Cheap Mountain hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00pm
  • Comfortable
  • Bathroom could be bigger
From$57
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Quality Inn & Suites
+1-888-675-2083
1550 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Cheap Mountain property
  • Shuttle from airport available
  • Rooms are ok
  • Attractions including
From$50
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Americinn Lodge & Suites in Rapid City
+1-800-716-8490
1632 Rapp St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Two-star Suburban hotel
  • Shuttle from airport available
  • Great shopping
  • Plain waffle batter
From$38
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Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Rapid City - Rapid City
+1-800-805-5223
1740 Rapp St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Low-priced Highway property
  • 34 suites in hotel
From$42
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Best Western Ramkota Hotel
+1-888-965-1860
2111 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Three Star Highway property
  • 33 suites in hotel
  • Housekeeping was ok, according to 60%
  • Convenient parking
From$59
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Serena Inn & Suites
+1-888-788-5576
2124 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Mid-scale Highway property
  • Check in: 3:00pm
From$50
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Baymont by Wyndham Rapid City : 4040 Cheyenne Blvd.
+1-888-897-9207
4040 Cheyenne Blvd., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • 3 star Highway hotel
  • 7 suites in property
From$39
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Travelodge by Wyndham Rapid City
+1-888-311-4278
2505 Mount Rushmore Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Economy Mountain property
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Hotel could use some updating
  • Service is adequate
Super 8 by Wyndham Rapid City Rushmore Rd : 2520 Tower Rd.
+1-888-469-4795
2520 Tower Rd., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Economy hotel
  • Check in time: 11:00 AM
Super 8 by Wyndham Rapid City in Rapid City
+1-888-734-9421
620 Howard St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Two-star Mountain property
  • Check in time: 3:00 PM
Motel 6 Rapid City Sd
+1-888-841-5292
620 East Latrobe St., RAPID CITY, SD 57701
  • Low Cost property
  • 2 floors in hotel
Econo Lodge Black Hills
+1-888-455-5160
625 East Disk Dr., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • Conveniently located just off of Interstate 90, many of Rapid City's attractions are within easy reach of the Econo Lodge Rapid City Hotel. Jump on the Interstate and within a few minutes you will be able to reach Mount Rushmore, the Bear Country USA Wildlife Park, and the Reptile Gardens. You will also be near the shops of the Rushmore Mall. Before you head out for the day, fill up on the complimentary breakfast. All of the guest rooms at the hotel are outfitted with the comforts of home and some even boast hot tubs and kitchenettes. Looking for some on-site fun? The hotel also features an indoor heated swimming pool that boasts an 180-foot waterslide.
  • 2 star Highway property
  • 6 suites in property
Best Western Plus Rapid City Rushmore
+1-888-965-8297
3723 Eglin St., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • Midscale Highway hotel
  • Check in time: 03:00
Rodeway Inn Near Mt. Rushmore Memorial
+1-888-906-6358
908 Madill St. Sr 40 East, Keystone, SD 57751 ~15.34 miles southwest of Rapid City
  • Cheap Mountain property
  • Free breakfast available
Clarion Inn - Rapid City
+1-888-749-6785
1902 North Lacrosse St., Rapid City, SD 57701
  • You may be surrounded by nature, but you won't be roughing it when you stay at the Ramada Rapid City South Dakota Hotel. Located near the Black Hills, this lodge-inspired hotel is close to all of Rapid City's attractions, such as Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, the Petrified Forest of the Black Hills, and Bear Butte State Park. For some retail therapy, check out the shops at the Rushmore Mall. There are plenty of activities to enjoy right on-site, too. Try your luck with the slots and table games at the on-site casino, or grab a drink in the hotel's lounge. Work out in the fitness room or relax in the hot tub and swimming pool. If there is anything you've forgotten, grab it at the convenience mart.
  • Three Star Highway property
  • Shuttle to airport available
From$80
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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Rapid City
+1-888-878-9982
1416 North Elk Vale Rd., Rapid City, SD 57703
  • 3 star hotel
From$80
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Graph: Upcoming 20 Days of Rapid City Hotel Rates

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all Rapid City, SD discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest Rapid City hotel for each day and each star rating category.

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

4 Star Average Prices: $195.54

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.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Rapid City

Best Budget-Friendly Hotels in Rapid City, South Dakota

3 Star Average Prices: $132.22

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: $119.66

2 Star Hotel Prices in Rapid City

Best Value Options in Rapid City, South Dakota

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! 

FAQs about hotels in Rapid City

What are the best rated hotels in Rapid City?

Mainstay Suites, Howard Johnson Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites Rushmore are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most luxurious hotels in Rapid City?

Residence Inn by Marriott, Hampton Inn & Suites Rushmore and The Rushmore Hotel & Suites BW Premier Collection are the top 3 luxury hotels near Rapid City city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Rapid City?

Mainstay Suites, Howard Johnson Inn & Suites, and Hampton Inn & Suites Rushmore are the properties closest to Rapid City city center.

How much does a cheap hotel in Rapid City cost per night?

In the last year, a 2 star hotel in Rapid City can be as cheap as $119.66 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a 3 star hotel in Rapid City cost per night?

In the last year, the average 3 star hotel in Rapid City has been $132.22 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

How much does a luxury hotel in Rapid City cost?

In the last year, the average 4 star hotel in Rapid City has been $195.54 per night. (based on HotelPlanner prices)

What are the most popular independent hotels in Rapid City?

My Place Hotel - Rapid City, SD, Sweetgrass Inn and Summerset Hotel & Suites are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the best Marriott hotels in Rapid City?

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Rapid City, Residence Inn by Marriott and Courtyard Rapid City Marriott are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

What are the best Choice Hotels branded hotels in Rapid City?

Mainstay Suites, Quality Inn and Comfort Inn And Suites are the best rated Choice Hotels branded hotels (based on HotelPlanner reviews score).

What are the best Best Western hotels in Rapid City?

The Rushmore Hotel & Suites BW Premier Collection, Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Best Western Plus Rapid City Rushmore are the best rated Best Western branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the most popular IHG hotels in Rapid City?

Holiday Inn Rapid City Downtown Convention Center, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Rapid City, an IHG Hotel and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rapid City - Rushmore South, an IHG are the best rated Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) branded hotels (based on user reviews score).

What are the Government Per Diem Hotel Rates in Rapid City, SD?

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

Applies to Pennington

Season BeginSeason EndLodging RateMeals & Incidentals
June 1, 2022 August 31, 2022 $133.00 $64.00
September 1, 2022 September 30, 2022 $96.00 $64.00

Verified reviews of the city: Rapid City, SD

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

"Good location to restaurants and places of interest."
Score 5.0 / 5

A lot of different restaurants in the area. Easy to get to places of interest.

Sharon L., from 23-Jul-2022
"So many historical points of interest all around Rapid City."
Score 5.0 / 5

Lots of activities available in the area. Whether you prefer crowds or solitude, there's something for you. I recommend the Black Elk Peak hike. Challenging but doable for the occasional hiker. So many historical points of interest all around Rapid City.

Robert K., from 22-Jul-2022
"Nice shopping and dining places!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Rapid City SD area had nice places to eat and shop. Nice places to walk too.

Steven M., from 16-Jul-2022
"Fine"
Score 4.0 / 5

Fine

Cindy D., from 03-Jul-2022
"The Black Hills"
Score 5.0 / 5

Rapid City offers much to do in and around the city. There are family friendly options and things for young and old alike. It is a quick drive to all the Black Hills has to offer.

Jody L., from 02-Jul-2022
"Great Place!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Great place! Will be back many times in the future!

Denny N., from 27-Jun-2022
"Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, The Black Hills"
Score 5.0 / 5

Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse. The Black Hills in general.

Jeffery T., from 05-Jun-2022
"The places to shop!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The places to shop!

Dee T., from 12-May-2022
"Good!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Good!

Lee Z., from 12-May-2022
"Great sights!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Great sights!

Brenda L., from 30-Apr-2022
"The Views!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The views!

Jackie M., from 24-Mar-2022
"I like the Fire House restaurant downtown!"
Score 5.0 / 5

I like the Fire House restaurant downtown!

Mark B., from 11-Mar-2022
"Convenient location near hospital."
Score 4.0 / 5

This hotel is close to the hospital, which was convenient.

Terrie S., from 22-Feb-2022
"The Scenery!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Scenery!

Donna S., from 19-Feb-2022
"Scenery!"
Score 5.0 / 5

The scenery.

Donna S., from 19-Feb-2022
"GREAT Mom & Pop restaurant across the street from hotel!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Across the street from the hotel was this great mom/pop restaurant. Food was marvelous and a fun place. The staff was enjoying working.

Joann B., from 08-Jan-2022
"Wonderful Tourist Attractions to See!"
Score 4.0 / 5

MANY NEARBY TOURIST ATTRACTIONS LIKE MOUNT RUSHMORE AND CRAZY HORSE MOUNTAIN TO VISIT!

Renita S., from 01-Nov-2021
"Loved it"
Score 4.0 / 5

Rapid is great, beautiful time of year!!!

Julie P., from 09-Oct-2019
"Food and service was great"
Score 4.0 / 5

Firehouse brewery was outstanding.

Sheila Z., from 14-Sep-2019
"Location is good"
Score 4.0 / 5

Location is good

Misty B., from 06-Sep-2019
"Beautiful Place to Visit "
Score 4.0 / 5

Rapid City is a beautiful place to visit with many sites to see.

Susan G., from 19-Aug-2019
"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
"Beautiful"
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 4.5 out of 5 based on 26 reviews
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