Newly renovated Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Aberdeen, South Dakota puts guests first.From hunting enthusiasts to business travelers, Aberdeen serves as South Dakota’s hub for various types of visitors—and the Best Western Ramkota Hotel is being transformed to better serve them all.
The hotel, originally built in 1974, offers 154 rooms and easy access to local points of interest.Its 8th Avenue location puts guests within minutes of downtown Aberdeen, Northern State University, and the Aberdeen Regional Airport.
After more than 30 years of meeting travelers’ needs, Regency Hotel Management decided to take the property to a new level. Planning began for a structure that would go above and beyond expectations while staying on top of market trends.
Renovations to the hotel began in 2015, following a design that specifically focused on guest experience and convenience. Every redesign decision has been made to accommodate the way guests move through the hotel and what they might need along the way.
“We thought about things guests want but don’t know they want, like quieter fans, nightlights on light switches, USB charging stations on every lamp, and wireless thermostats,” said Randy Grismer, the hotel’s general manager.
As a result, everything from lampshades to landscaping has been updated. Guests will find traditional hotel amenities and the comforts of home in a modern, sophisticated getaway—all within the hotel’s original structure. Internal infrastructure updates were made including the lobby which was fully remodeled, but the building’s external framework remains the same.
“A remodel of this extent has never been done in Aberdeen,” said Grismer. “We’ve added things that are outside the realm of expectations. Everything a guest would need is right here.”
And the hotel has the unique features to prove it, such as:
- Poolside, whirlpool, and two-story guest rooms
- Green-certified status
- Wireless, high-speed internet powered by fiber optics
- All local artwork
- On-site Minerva’s restaurant and bar
Renovations are nearing completion, with interior and exterior changed to be completed by the end of August 2017. All rentable rooms are finished, and have received overwhelmingly positive reactions from guests. A grand re-opening will take place in mid-August.
“We want to meet and exceed guest expectations,” Grismer said. “If you can’t find a room in our hotel that fits your functionality, convenience, and vacation needs, it doesn’t exist in Aberdeen.”
Community members and curious guests alike are invited to schedule tours and see the transformation. Closer to completion, the hotel will also host scheduled open houses for the public. View the hotel’s online photo gallery to see progress and updates.
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