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Holiday Inn Rapid City - Rushmore Plaza 3.0

Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

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  • Conveniently located next to the Rapid City convention center 
  • Spacious rooms include work desks and large flat-screen TVs
  • Large indoor pool and a whirlpool on-site
  • Sunny fitness center has a wide range of equipment, as well as a sauna
  • Free airport shuttle service, and kids eat free for breakfast
  • 14,000 square feet of event space on-site
  • Pet-friendly (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout 


  • Rooms can pick up noise from the lobby bar
  • Decor is sleek, but overall generic

Bottom Line

This 205-room, mid-range Holiday Inn underwent renovation in 2015, giving its common areas a punch of style and pizzazz. The spacious rooms overlook a large atrium, meaning they can pick up noise from the lobby bar. Amenities include a large indoor pool and adjoining fitness center, a sauna, hot tub, and a small business center. The on-site restaurant serves breakfast, which is not included, but children eat for free. Located next to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and a half-hour drive to Mount Rushmore, it’s a convenient choice for both business and leisure travelers. 

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Beautiful, soaring atrium that integrates water and nature into its design

The hotel is centered around a soaring atrium, which gives the hotel a grand look. The atrium is beautifully landscaped with plants, trees, fountains, and stone walls; round paper lanterns hang from the ceiling, and the total effect is one of peaceful serenity. Islands of black, brown, and beige seating dot the main floor, and a grand piano sits off to one side. The restaurant and bar, which have multiple flat-screen TVs, occupy the atrium, making for a lively atmosphere.


Next to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, and a short walk to restaurants

The hotel sits off a main road, next to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in the heart of the city, making it a convenient choice for travelers attending conventions and trade shows. It's also near a park and restaurants in downtown Rapid City -- which are within a 10- to 15-minute walk of the property, while the Journey Museum is about a six-minute walk away. 

Bear Country USA and Reptile Gardens are within a 15-minute drive. Mount Rushmore is a 40-minute drive away, while Custer State Park is an hour and 15 minutes away by car. Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park, and the Crazy Horse Monument are within an hour's drive. Rapid City Regional Airport is a 20-minute drive, and the hotel offers a free shuttle service.


Renovated and spacious, decorated in soothing shades

The 205 rooms at the Holiday Inn Rapid City -- which include Double Queen, King, and Executive Rooms decorated in soothing shades of beige, mauve, and teal -- were renovated in 2015. Light-wood walls back the beds and complement the light-wood furniture throughout. Some rooms have separate seating areas with couches and coffee tables. 

Amenities include flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards, and hairdryers in the bathrooms. Bathrooms are on the small side but have long vanities with lots of storage space, and curtained shower/tub combos. While the rooms are attractively arranged around an atrium, guests have complained about noise traveling from it, especially from the lobby bar.


On-site restaurant and bar, plus an indoor pool with an adjoining fitness center, hot tub, and sauna

The hotel’s Grille Restaurant and cocktail lounge have views of the atrium. There is a large rectangular indoor pool and a large adjoining mirrored and windowed fitness center with cardio and weight machines, as well as a punching bag. The hotel also has a sauna and whirlpool. A small shop sells snacks and drinks, and there's a free airport shuttle service. The hotel has a 7,200-square-foot ballroom and five other large meeting rooms, as well as a business center with two desktop computers and printers. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel.

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505 N 5th St, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-1157, United States

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