July 13, 2015

Black Hills Home Base: Comfort Suites In Rapid City

There are no shortages of lodging options in Rapid City. I was flip flopping between staying at a couple places and then settled on Comfort Suites & Convention Center. It had the things I wanted most on our road trip: Space, pool, free hot breakfast and most important, a good location.

Comfort Suites in Rapid City made a great home base for the start of our Black Hills adventure.

Comfort Suites in Rapid City made a great home base for the start of our Black Hills adventure.

 

The hotel invited my family to stay a complimentary night there. For a night, it was perfect for us. It was the best place we stayed the entire road trip, as far as comfortable beds and amenities go. I wished we had planned a longer stay; there is just too much to do in Rapid City to cram into 24 hours.

This Rapid City hotel could easily be home base for your entire Black Hills/Badlands vacation.

Check in was a breeze and I found the front desk clerks to be more helpful than the norm. Super friendly, in fact. Good customer service sets the tone for the whole stay and they do it right there.

The Business Suite

These are the kind of beds you hope to have waiting for you after a long day of hiking. Found them at Comfort Suites in Rapid City.

These are the kind of beds you hope to have waiting for you after a long day of hiking. Found them at Comfort Suites in Rapid City.

So we lucked out and were upgraded to the Executive Suite. If you’re traveling with a large family, this is the way to go: Two queen beds plus a pull-out couch bed in the sitting room… that’s right, sitting room. A door separates the two beds from the sitting room.The room also had a fridge, microwave, sink and a dining room table. Spacious, right?

You can kick back with the kids in a suite at the end of the day. The couch has a pull-out bed.

You can kick back with the kids in a suite at the end of the day. The couch has a pull-out bed.

You can go larger, still, and get a Family Suite.

The hotel features kids like

There is a small pool and hot tub in the hotel, which we splashed around in early in the morning. My kids really enjoyed themselves there.

The breakfast had stuff I enjoyed – fresh fruit, yogurt, good coffee.

The Comfort Suites breakfast buffet includes fresh fruit and yogurt, eggs and sausage, cereal and baked sweets.

The Comfort Suites breakfast buffet includes fresh fruit and yogurt, eggs and sausage, cereal and baked goods.

And the buffet had stuff my kids liked, namely the waffle makers.

My kids would pick hotels based on two things, waffle makers and a pool. Comfort Suites had both.

My kids would pick hotels based on two things, waffle makers and a pool. Comfort Suites had both.

The front desk also had cookies on a platter in the evening, but I’m a terrible mom and did not point them out to my kids, who couldn’t see up that high.

Location

Right off the interstate, it makes it easy to get to Rapid City attractions, especially the ones on our list:

– The downtown area

Rapid City's downtown has a plaza with a spray garden. It's a short drive from the hotel.

Rapid City’s downtown has a plaza with a spray garden. It’s a short drive from the hotel.

– Storybook Island (FREE)

Storybook Island is near Comfort Suites in Rapid City.

Storybook Island is near Comfort Suites in Rapid City.

-Reptile Gardens

One of the dozens of resident alligators at Reptile Gardens.

One of the dozens of resident alligators at Reptile Gardens.

– Dinosaur Park (FREE)

One of the most well-known free attractions in Rapid City, Dinosaur Park, isn't far from Comfort Suites.

One of the most well-known free attractions in Rapid City, Dinosaur Park, isn’t far from Comfort Suites.

– A mall and an outlet mall are even closer.

– It’s also located next to a great steakhouse, Dakotah Steakhouse (which I’ll review soon). Ask the front desk of the hotel for a $5 coupon to the steakhouse.

Want to try buffalo? Head to Dakotah Steakhouse near Comfort Suites in Rapid City.

Want to try buffalo? Head to Dakotah Steakhouse near Comfort Suites in Rapid City.

If you go

Comfort Suites Hotel and Convention Center

 

Where: 1333 North Elk Vale Road, Rapid City, South Dakota

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Planning a trip to South Dakota and Western Nebraska? I wrote a series of posts and reviews of kid-friendly attractions, lodging and a photo-heavy trip recap. Check them out:

Nebraska and South Dakota Adventure With Kids

Canoeing the Niobrara River with Kids

Firehouse Brewing Company (Rapid City, South Dakota)

Reptile Gardens (Rapid City, South Dakota)

Dakotah Steakhouse (Rapid City, South Dakota)

Evans Plunge (Hot Springs, South Dakota)

The Hills Inn (Hot Spring, South Dakota)

Evans Plunge (Hot Springs, South Dakota)

Mammoth Site (Hot Springs, South Dakota)

Chadron State Park (Chadron, Nebraska)

Fort Robinson State Park (Harrison, Nebraska)

 

 

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