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Welcome to the Grand Gateway Hotel Rapid City

It was 1985 when Carl Lester built his first hotel in Rapid City South Dakota called the Grand Gateway Hotel, envisioning not only a place to stay but an experience that was ready and waiting for the countless vacationers visiting Rapid City SD from home. Thirty-five years later, as the Stewards of our Grandfather's dream, we are still setting high standards for the ultimate hotel experience. This experience invites you and your loved ones to let loose, relax, and have fun! Our 132 thoughtfully decorated rooms create a cozy, Victorian feel. Our award-winning sports/karaoke bar provides fun nightly entertainment. Our indoor pool  & water park is a place where three generations enjoy their family as their children rip down a wild water-slide!  Perkins restaurant & bakery offers a continental breakfast, lunch and Dinner  24 hours a day. And yet with all this, we understand our spaces are just the beginning of your adventure into the black hills national forest into the elevator and out the front doors, the Pioneering Spirit and a Sense of Wonderment awaits.

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Dining & Entertainment

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Cheers Sports Lounge & Casino features karaoke 6 nights a week M-Sat 9 pm-2 am, open mic on Sunday night, and all the best sports programming on 6 large HD TV's (including the NFL package).

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Meetings & Events

The Grand Gateway Hotel's central location, state-of-the-art equipment, and spaces able to handle up to 400 guests, make it the perfect place to host your convention, conference or social gathering. 

This large space can be divided into 2 separate salons, each of which features beautiful artwork and linens. Our outdoor terrace with bistro-style seating and abundant summertime flowers helps make any event memorable.

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Rapid City, South Dakota

A Black Hills Vacation Wonderland

Come see the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota and the world-renowned Mount Rushmore National Monument. All of us at The Grand Gateway Hotel are proud to call the Black Hills home, and we are ready to help you discover all there is to do near our centrally located hotel including Bear Country, Reptile Gardens, Downtown Rapid and much much more!

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Travel South Dakota - Great Faces Great Places

Spectacular landscapes. Dazzling caves. Colossal carvings of legendary leaders. In South Dakota, our special places are larger than life, and they're ready to surprise and amaze you. So bring your imagination - and your sense of wonder - and discover the Great Faces and Great Places of South Dakota

2020 Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

Custer State Buffalo Roundup in South Dakota one amazing experience!

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Welcome to the Great Faces and Great Places of South Dakota. 

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