After looking at many (I mean MANY) hotels in Rapid City and the surrounding area, we chose the Howard Johnson Inn and Suites in Rapid City for our Black Hills vacation. There are many comparable chain hotels in Rapid City, but ultimately, we chose this one for its indoor pool, complimentary breakfast, in-room fridge and competitive price.
When we first checked in, we thought the hotel’s location was odd because it didn’t seem to be near the usual restaurants and attractions. However, once we got the lay of the land, we found that Howard Johnson Inn and Suites was centrally located in Rapid City, which put us a short drive from everything. It was near the Civic Center and only about a mile from downtown.
I saw guests of all ages at the hotel, including many young children – two were ours – and a high school baseball team, and noise was never a problem. Our room was typical of hotels of this class, and it was comfortable and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. Whenever I called or stopped by the front desk with a request, it was taken care of quickly.
The weather was chilly for much of our June vacation, so we were glad for the indoor pool because our kids wanted to be in it as often as possible. I thought that the pool was a little cold, but our kids didn’t care. It was one of their favorite parts of the vacation. One of their favorite memories of the trip was when our van had some mechanical problems and they were able to spend a couple of extra hours in the pool with Dad while I took it to the local dealer for repairs. We all enjoyed the two hot tubs. The pool and pool area are large and clean.
We have stayed at many hotels with complimentary breakfasts, and this one was better than most. Offerings included coffee, juice, hot and cold cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit (apples and oranges), toast, bagels, muffins, danishes, hard-boiled eggs, breakfast burritos, and two waffle irons. There was only one morning when everything was not well stocked and that was right after a tour bus group had eaten. The breakfast room was large and we never had a problem getting a seat.
We stayed at Howard Johnson Inn and Suites for seven nights and we do recommend this hotel. I would still shop around if we return the the Black Hills, but it’s not always easy to find all my preferred family amenities for the right price. Howard Johnson Inn and Suites has them all, and I would be happy to return.