RAPID CITY S.D (KOTA TV) - If you’re looking for the best lodging in South Dakota, you don’t have to look far.
The Travel and Leisure website sent their experts out to find the best hotels in each state, hotel Alex Johnson is South Dakotas.
They were ranked by value, service, location and amenities.
Alex Johnson’s history and features landed them this title.
It's a staple for South Dakota, built 90 years ago just one day before the construction of Mount Rushmore.
It now features a rooftop restaurant lounge and bar, full service Starbucks, and the Paddy O'neil's Irish Pub.
Hotel managers say they sale out everyday during tourist season.
Despite being around for more than 85 years, they are modernizing.
Alex Johnson is the first Midwest property to join the Hilton Curio collection.
They converted in 2015 as the seventh in the world to team up with them.
"Since we teamed up with Hiltons curio collections its really pulled in a lot more business. Our curio collection is unique hotels one of a kind of hotels, you're not going to go anywhere else in the world and find that hotel so that's the new thing that curio rolls out with,” said assistant general manager, Adair Fisher
The hotel is currently being renovated and plans to have a grand opening once curio upgrades are complete in May.