In a sea of budget motels and hotels lining Mt. Rushmore Road, the Rushmore Hotel & Suites is a refreshing step-above-the-others option. Housed in the former Adoba Eco Hotel building, this 9-story Best Western Premier Hotel towers above the mostly low risers of downtown Rapid City.
In the past, tourists kept this Midwestern town on the map for its easy access to the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore and Custer State Park. However, the newly developing Main Street Square with its restaurants, fountains, ice-skating, artwork and special events is attracting more travelers to stay and enjoy Rapid City. The Rushmore Hotel & Suites (formerly the Adoba Eco Hotel) offers an upscale balance between Earth-friendly and “Big City Chic” with their sustainable efforts and newly renovated spaces.
Arrival Experience at Best Western Rushmore Hotel & Suites
Begin with free parking adjacent to the hotel and then step into an oversized vaulted lobby area with a beautiful inlaid floor. My visit was in low season (January), and the staff seemed scaled down. However, the service I received wasn’t sacrificed – from an immediate greeting to staff always willing to make restaurant recommendations. Within minutes, we were checked in and pointed to the lobby elevator with wood-inlaid doors.
Past the elevator to the left is their hotel lounge, the 445 Martini Lounge and next to it a small casino and a gift shop. To the right is their organic restaurant Enigma.
The Rushmore Hotel & Suites, BW Premier Collection, is 100% smoke-free offering 177 comfortable guestrooms, with city-views. As part of the BW Premier Collection, this Rapid City hotel ties its identity to its destination. We made our way to the end of the 8th-floor corridor, and opened the door –and bam! It hit us! The stampeding buffalo mural is the highlight of the room with soft lighting, fluffy white down comforters, with a stampede going on above your pillow.
At first, it’s a bit overwhelming, but as we settle into the room, we discover the South Dakota themed wall murals to be soothing, especially after exploring the Black Hills.
Other designs include shower curtains, lampshades, bedding, and carpeting. The guest room redesigns are currently limited to the 8th floor, soon to be enjoyed in other rooms.
I always value workspace in the rooms, and the work desk was at the foot of the bed. A little distracting was the big screen TV directly above the desk. Complimentary high-speed, wireless internet access is available in the room and throughout the property.
From 6-10 am, hotel guests can feast on an organic, hot breakfast buffet, including fresh fruit, pastries, bread bacon, potatoes, and an omelet station at the Enigma Restaurant. The public is also welcome to dine at Enigma, open 6 am to 10 pm, and locals frequently do to enjoy an organic menu.
Although we only enjoyed breakfast each morning, Enigma’s menu items include tantalizing lunch sandwiches: Black Hills Organic Bison Burger and Organic K.C. Strip Streak. For dinner, the menu becomes inspiring organic cuisine: Baked Potato Gnocchi, Duck Confit Salad, Seasonal Salmon, and the “Mystery Dinner,” a four-course dinner for two inviting you to sit back and enjoy – no decisions necessary.
After a long drive from Denver in my smooth-as-silk new ride, a 2013 Ford Taurus, once we dropped our bags off in our room, we immediately pointed our bodies to 445 Martini Lounge for a rewarding pre-dinner drink. We had the undivided attention of our bartenders Angelynn and Jessica, and both recommended several martini concoctions. I settled on my standby, Cosmopolitan, and it was perfectly shaken and chilled. Our timing was spot on as we sat down during their happy hour, Monday through Saturday at 4:45 pm, enjoying discounted drinks!
One Small Problem
Our first night (Saturday), we returned to our room, ready for a good night’s sleep before exploring the Black Hills. Unfortunately, our room was directly across from a super loud party that frequently made its way into the corridor directly outside of our room, approaching the after 2 a.m. mark.
For the first time ever, I called downstairs to security to complain. Security immediately came to our floor, asked the group to keep it down. Unfortunately, within 15 minutes, the guests did not listen, and the partiers became even louder. However, security did re-visit them shortly thereafter, and we were finally able to sleep uninterrupted.
In the morning, I spoke to the front desk who apologized for the disruption and informed me that they did ask the guests to leave. Bravo to security for their resilience in a very sensitive situation.
I admit – I didn’t know what to expect. After all, Rapid City isn’t on many travelers’ bucket lists. I’ve visited Rapid City numerous times with groups, overnighting in other budget motels. I was pleasantly surprised at the affordability of staying at the upscale Best Western Rushmore Hotel & Suites and the friendliness and willingness to accommodate me, not only by making my stay better but offering tips and information to explore downtown Rapid City and the Black Hills. Kudos to the staff at Rushmore Hotel & Suites as they won me over!