The Best Hotels with Pools to Book in Rapid City, South Dakota

Slow down and relax at one of our favorite Rapid City hotels with pools
Slow down and relax at one of our favorite Rapid City hotels with pools | © Robert Harding / Alamy Stock Photo
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8 December 2021

Roll on over to Rapid City in South Dakota and you’ll find a bustling culinary scene, local arts and culture and plenty of outdoor activities. This charming metropolis is known as the City of Presidents, due to its proximity to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. After a day of exploring that, swimming is a great way to unwind. Here we reveal the best hotels with pools in Rapid City – all bookable with Culture Trip.

Residence Inn Rapid City, for a whirlpool near the waterpark

The waterpark at Residence Inn Rapid City, with multicolored slides in the air
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Settle into your home away from home at this modern, all-suite hotel just off Interstate 90. This property serves up spacious and modern studios with air conditioning, fully equipped kitchens and a complimentary grocery shopping service if you plan to stay a while. You’re a mere two-minute walk from the WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort and 28mi (45km) from the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. After an active day, let your cares slip away in the on-site whirlpool.

Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza, an IHG Hotel, for familiar freshness

The indoor pool area at Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza, with two handrails
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If you’re familiar with the Holiday Inn chain, you’ll be glad this hotel in Rapid City follows other properties in its portfolio, with fresh interiors and simple design. The hotel puts you close to several attractions, including Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Wind Cave National Park, Badlands National Park and Crazy Horse Memorial. Upgrade to a suite and you’ll bag a separate living room to put your feet up in after a day of seeing the sights. Another great option is popping to the wellness center for a few laps in the indoor pool. There’s also a whirlpool and sauna.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rapid City, SD, for a big indoor pool

The exterior of Country Inn and Suites by Radisson, Rapid City, with cars parked close by
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A bright and breezy atmosphere runs through this contemporary Radisson property, with neutral tones giving a Scandinavian feel. The spacious rooms have all the amenities needed by the 21st-century traveler and if you upgrade to a suite, you’ll bag a hot tub too. Other lures include complimentary cookies on check-in, free hot breakfasts and a large indoor pool complete with a waterslide and two hot tubs for adults.

Best Western Ramkota Hotel, for waterpark passes included

The waterpark at Best Western Ramkota Hotel, with small and medium-sized slides
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Water-lovers will be in heaven at this Rapid City hotel, as room rates include passes to the on-site waterpark. The attraction features a 165ft (50m) flume, multiple slides and a mini pirate ship. There’s also an area of the pool dedicated to lap swimmers. Pool activities aside, you’re close to local art galleries and dozens of stores in the downtown area. When you’ve had your fill of thrills and spills, the hotel makes for a cozy place to return to – don’t miss happy hour in the cocktail lounge.

Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City, for national park proximity

A small indoor pool with steps and two handrails, near a hot tub with steps and one handrail at Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City
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Nestled between Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Devils Tower and Wind Cave National Park, this Hilton property makes for a great base while exploring South Dakota’s great outdoors. The modern rooms, decorated in warm tones, feature all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, while there’s also an indoor pool and a well-equipped gym to maintain your fitness routine while away.

Cambria Hotel Rapid City Near Mount Rushmore, for natural light as you swim

The indoor pool area at Cambria Hotel Rapid City Near Mount Rushmore, with loungers and handrails
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This contemporary all-suite hotel in Rapid City is conveniently close to Rushmore Crossing shopping center, the South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, so you can dip into them at your leisure. The I-90 and Rapid City Regional Airport are also nearby. A striking feature of the hotel is the abundance of natural light, thanks to large windows. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels also feature in the indoor pool area, so you can soak up leafy views while doing a few laps before reclining in the hot tub.

Staybridge Suites Rapid City – Rushmore, for a self-catered swim

A large hot tub and a pool inside Staybridge Suites Rapid City - Rushmore; both have handrails and steps
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Feel right at home in Rapid City with a stay at this property, which offers spacious studios alongside one- and two-bed apartments. The hotel, just off I-90, makes for a comfortable spot for long-term stays, with on-site laundry facilities for washing your dirty gear after days of exploring. Another perk is a social happy hour, with free drinks and bites offered on Monday to Wednesday evenings. There’s an attractive outdoor space for entertaining and a fire pit for keeping warm in cooler weather. Following a fun-filled night, there’s an indoor pool and gym for detoxing the next day.

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