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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rapid City 2.5

Rapid City, South Dakota, United States

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  • Less than a 15-minute walk to restaurants and Rushmore Mall 
  • Homey rooms with coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges
  • Indoor swimming pool with a 100-foot waterslide and two hot tubs
  • Free hot breakfast with cinnamon rolls and waffles
  • Children under 18-years of age stay free
  • Small gym with a few cardio and weight machines
  • Snack shop offers drinks and food
  • Coin-operated laundry room
  • Free Wi-Fi and public computers
  • Lending library
  • Pet-friendly policies (for a fee)


  • No restaurant or bar on-site
  • Complaints concerning cleanliness issues in rooms and public spaces

Bottom Line

With contemporary, homey furnishings and some free amenities, the two-and-a-half-pearl Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rapid City mostly attracts families. The indoor pool with a 100-foot waterslide and two hot tubs are the main attractions, though a hot breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, and small gym make for great perks. The 103 rooms have microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers, plus new showers thanks to a 2017 renovation. However, guests have noted that there have been some cleanliness issues in the rooms and public spaces. As an alternative, travelers could consider AmericInn Lodge & Suites Rapid City which offers a free shuttle to and from the airport.

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Contemporary chain hotel with a warm atmosphere and family-friendly policies

From the outside, the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Rapid City might look like any other chain property within the brand, except for the fact that it has a few structural elements like the roof and a wooden drive-up awning that gives the place a lodge-like atmosphere. The cozy and homey vibe found in lodges is definitely apparent in the lobby. There’s a set of antique wooden stairs and a seating area with warm-toned furniture next to a fireplace. Though the lobby is inviting, it’s the indoor pool and breakfast room where most guests interact. With family-friendly policies that allow for kids under 18 to stay free, most guests are families drawn to the attractive prices (which can reportedly get a little expensive for this type of hotel in the high season). Though visibly contemporary and up-to-date, there have been complaints about cleanliness issues in the rooms and public spaces. 


Fifteen-minute walk from a mall and within driving distance of most attractions

This Country Inn & Suites is located in a pretty busy area in Rapid City. Rushmore Mall (with a Herberger's department store and Starbucks) is just a 15-minute walk away, and there are plenty of dining options on surrounding streets. The Journey Museum and Learning Center takes eight minutes to reach by car. The Dinosaur Park is an 11-minute drive from the property. Outdoor enthusiasts can reach the Black Hills National Park in a 20-minute drive. The Badlands National Park takes an hour to reach. It’s a 45-minute drive to Mount Rushmore. Rapid City Regional Airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. 


Contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and microwaves

Although not particularly fancy or modern, the rooms at this hotel are contemporary and spacious and come with pretty good amenities. The rooms feature a homey decor with brown carpeting, wooden furniture, white beds with burnt-orange bed runners, and chain-like art pieces on the walls. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, microwaves, free Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning. Whirlpool King Rooms offer a whirlpool bath in the living area. The hotel renovated the bathrooms in early 2017 so that 95-percent of them have walk-in showers (a room with a bathtub can be requested). Toiletries and hairdryers are available. Most rooms overlook the parking lot and the countryside in the distance. 


Indoor pool with waterslide, hot tubs, gym, free hot breakfast, snack shop, free parking, free Wi-Fi, and pet-friendly

The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Rapid City is a standard value hotel with features to match, though it does manage a few appreciated extras. For one, there’s an indoor pool with a 100-foot serpentine waterslide. Two hot tubs are available, and the deck is lined with tables and chairs. The hotel has a small gym with a few cardio machines and a single weight machine. There’s no restaurant or bar, but the hotel offers a free hot breakfast that includes cinnamon rolls, waffles, and fresh fruit. A snack shop provides snacks and drinks. Free outdoor parking, free Wi-Fi, a small business center, coin-operated laundry facilities, lending library program, and pet-friendly policies round out the amenities. 

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2321 N Lacrosse St, Rapid City, South Dakota 57702, United States

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