Updated: December 2017

Marriott Fairfield Inn, Rapid City, South Dakota Review:

It's not often I find myself in Rapid City, SD, but on a recent trip with my family in the summer of 2012, we stayed at the Marriott Fairfield Inn. The location couldn't have been any better - right off I-90 at exit 61. Connected to the hotel is the Watiki Waterpark which is a great diversion if you are traveling with kids. I am a Marriott Rewards member so I pretty much look for their hotel chain when I travel and usually I am not disappointed. This particular Fairfield Inn & Suites has 4 floors with 93 rooms (48 suites). A few of the suites literally overlook the waterpark with small balconies. Not sure I would want the added noise, but it's a great spot to keep an eye on older kids. There is complimentary parking on-site and there is wired and wireless internet access throughout the hotel. Pets are not allowed at this location so make other plans if you are bringing along the dog or cat. The only thing that we were a bit shocked at was the price for a room in mid-Summer - almost $180/night and that didn't even include access to the waterpark with waterslides next door.

The hotel was booked in mid-July when we went through town. In summer there are lots of tourists in this region of the country visiting the Black Hills of South Dakota with towns like Deadwood or even Sturgis. Of course, Mt. Rushmore is a big draw, and that is why we were in town. The official website for the Fairfield Inn is at . http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/rapfi-fairfield-inn-and-suites-rapid-city/. There you will find room rates, specials, and other pertinent details about the hotel. Check online for specials or package deals with tickets for the waterpark.

Rooms, Rates and Amenities:

The rooms were clean and well layed out. We had a guest room with 2 queen beds. Other options include 1 king, studio, and lots of suites. They even offer a 2 bedroom presidential suite - almost 1000 square feet. Room rates are much more reasonable in the off season. I saw the same 2 queen bed setup in December listed for $65/night. Time of year will play a big part in what you pay. The room backed up to the parking lot in the rear of the hotel and beyond that was a railroad track. I heard the train come rolling through at like 5PM. It wasn't loud, but I'm a light sleeper and it woke me up. If noise is a concern, perhaps getting a room facing I-90 is a better option. Slider's Bar & Grill is the restaurant downstairs - near the waterpark. You can get food items delivered right to your room if you want. We ate there while the kids were playing on the waterslides. Nearby restaurants include Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, and TGI Fridays. If you plan on staying during the summer expect to spend close to $200/night. Downstairs near the lobby is their morning breakfast area - complimentary with your nights stay. I really prefer these types of hotels where you can get a basic breakfast included with your room rate. We ate freshly made waffles, fruit, and bagels. Good selection of food - muffins, juices, yogurts, etc. The only drawback to the hotel is that there is no private pool for the guests. You will have to get tickets to the waterpark if you want to enjoy swimming. The night we were there, the weather was 105 degrees so going to the Wa Tikin indoor waterpark was a no brainer.

How is the Waterpark located next door - Watiki Waterslides:

http://www.watikiwaterpark.com/ is literally attached to the Fairfield Inn. Walk down the hallway from the lobby and it leads you right to Wa Tiki. We bought the package deal with the room so we had our wristbands waiting when we checked in. After leaving our luggage in our room, we went straight to the waterpark. They offer 3 larger slides and 3 kiddie slides. There is a lazy river and a smaller pool with a rope climb and basketball hoop. Your wristband is your entry and they do check for it on the slides. The kids area was great for little ones - even our 7 and 11 year old liked the smaller slides. My wife and I ventured up the flights of stairs to the larger waterslides and did those a few times. The lines weren't that bad - maybe a 2 minute wait. The building was a bit stuffy and hot. Outdoors was 100+ and the sunlight coming through the windows turned Wa Tiki into a sauna. Going into the water was the only way to cool off. You can order drinks and food right to your table and towels are provided for free. Overall a great little diversion from our long road trip and well worth it. See the hotel for package deals. Normal rates are about $20/person and the hours are 8AM to 9PM/10PM at night during the peak summer months.

Wa Tiki Waterpark.

Wa Tiki Waterpark.

Wa Tiki Waterpark.