Andy and I planned to spend a week in Denver with his family before we departed for our trip around the world. To break up the time, Andy suggested a road trip through the Great Plains with his mom. I had never been to Wyoming or South Dakota before and we weren’t going to see his mom for quite some time so it seemed like a fun time.
Selecting the Hotel
Once we knew that we were staying in Rapid City I began to search for nice hotels that were also inexpensive. This is never an easy feat but I found the Microtel Rapid City. The reviews were great, the price was good and it even included breakfast.
To save additional money, we booked prepaid rooms which always is a few dollars cheaper than booking a refundable room.
Since the hotel is part of the Wyndham hotel chain, you can earn airline miles for your stay. While Southwest is no longer an earning partner, you can still credit your stay to a number of different airline partners.
When we arrived to check in, I was very happy to see that the hotel had jugs of iced tea and lemonade for the guests. There was a heat wave and with temperatures in the 90’s, it felt amazing to have an ice cold Arnold Palmer.
The man that checked us in was not overly friendly and a little strange. Not all of the employees were sub-par though, the woman that checked us out was extremely friendly.
We booked a queen bed room and were given a room on the 3rd floor. I always prefer rooms on the top floor whenever possible as they seem to be quieter – not only from street noise but also since there are no rooms above it. This room was no exception, we heard absolutely nothing during the night.
The room itself was quite large and had a pull out couch area. It was clean, basic and included a mini-fridge. We used the fridge to chill our water bottles for the scorching heat the next morning.
The bed was very comfortable, both Andy and I slept very well.
The Microtel Rapid City is located right off the highway next to many other hotels. There are a number of different restaurants within walking distance from the hotel. We ate at the Pacific Rim Cafe, a Vietnamese restaurant a short walk from the hotel which was very reasonably priced and had really good Pho.
Pets are allowed at the hotel for a fee. While we did not take advantage of this, we did see a number of dogs in the hallways and lobby but they were all well behaved. I imagine on occasion that there are dogs which are loud and cause issues but fortunately we did not experience this.
If I were in Rapid City again I would absolutely stay at the Microtel Rapid City. The price was right and the rooms were very nice.
The only issue we experienced was that Andy’s mom booked a prepaid rate. This did not match up to the total on the receipt that they slid under the door. The front desk agent took care of this quickly and apologized for the confusion. Should you stay here, make sure that you check your bill to ensure that you are charged the appropriate amount.