The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Omaha, Nebraska

Aloft Omaha Aksarben Village does art-inflected luxury like few others in town
Aloft Omaha Aksarben Village does art-inflected luxury like few others in town | Courtesy of Aloft Omaha Aksarben Village / Expedia
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16 December 2021
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On the spot where the ferry across the Missouri River would drop off passengers from Council Bluffs arose a city that would become one of the biggest in America’s heartland. Omaha may have a chequered past but the city of today means business in a different way: think Fortune 500 companies and billionaires from across the US. For those of us with more modest net worths, the best cheap hotels to book in Omaha will help us discover a young-at-heart, vibrant city that still retains its friendly small-town feel. Even better, they’re all bookable with Culture Trip.

Aloft Omaha Aksarben Village, for pop art fun

Aloft Omaha Aksarben Village indoor pool with loungers and floor to ceiling windows
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Write Nebraska backward and you get the name of Omaha’s premier day-to-night playground. There’s nothing backward about Aksarben Village though – and neither is there anything old-fashioned about this fun, pet-friendly hotel in the heart of it. It’s like walking into a pop art painting with bright colors everywhere, from the carpet in your room to the Bliss Spa products in the bathroom, the throw pillows in the lounge area, the lounge chairs around the indoor pool, and the cocktails the bartender will whip up for you in the on-site bar.

Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown, for blissful pool soaks

Cambria Hotel Omaha Downtown with bare brick walls and wood floors
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The shades of white and rusty browns in your room are reminiscent of the brick exterior on a snowy winter’s day in Omaha. However, snuggling in your room with your four-footed companion at this pet-friendly hotel is only the second-best thing to do when it’s cold out. When you look out the huge windows to see snow on the ground, head for the heated indoor pool for a long, blissful soak, with steam rising from your skin. Afterward, let the cicerone – beer expert to you and me – at the onsite bar pour you the perfect local craft beer.

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Aksarben Village, for bar-hopping

Hilton Garden Inn Omaha Aksarben Village room with wooden floors, wall art and white bed clothes
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You don’t want to stay in a cheap hotel in Omaha and then spend your whole budget on transportation. This hotel is in a prime location where just about everything you want is within walking distance. Just outside, there’s a trail along Little Papillion Creek that takes you to Stinson Park. Cross the bridge to get to College of St Mary. Baxter Arena is only a few blocks away too and while the hotel has an onsite restaurant and bar, you can’t stay in Aksarben Village without bar-hopping between Backlot Taphouse and Herbe Sainte, both a short stagger from the hotel.

Courtyard Omaha La Vista, for easy days out

Courtyard Omaha La Vista fire pit with chairs and tables
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You prepare for the day ahead, then drive the kids to the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, followed by an afternoon at the Omaha Children’s Museum in downtown Omaha. Later, with the little ones all tuckered out and in bed, you and your other half have a soak in the indoor pool, then drinks around the fire pit, then a leisurely dinner. Then back to a comfy bed. Would you have expected this from any of the cheap hotels in Omaha?

Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha-Downtown, for going out to a ball game

Hampton Inn & Suites Omaha-Downtown room with striped carpet, oak headboards and desk
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It’s the College World Series. What more could a baseball fan want than to stay across the street from the ballpark? At this cheap hotel in Omaha, the free airport shuttle and walkable downtown location mean you never have to worry about parking. After the post-game revelry, grab some midnight snacks from the lobby before tumbling into bed. Start the next day with a refreshing indoor swim and hot breakfast before taking the short walk to the riverfront to soak up the June sun.

Home2 Suites Omaha UN Medical Ctr Area, for access to the UNMC

Home2 Suites Omaha UN Medical Ctr Area with modern art on walls, orange sofa with footrest and desk
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If your kid is studying medicine at the nearby University of Nebraska Medical Center, your best bet is to stay at this homey all-suite hotel. You can bring your pets along to provide snuggles; the leafy neighborhood has plenty of green spaces for walking a dog and you have a good choice of nearby restaurants to order in from. And if you want to do some sightseeing, Joslyn Castle is less than ten minutes’ stroll away.

Hyatt Place Omaha/Downtown – Old Market, for sightseeing

Hyatt Place Omaha:Downtown – Old Market room with modern art, corner couch and wooden desk
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Mere blocks away from KANEKO, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Durham Museum, this cheap Omaha hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the brick-paved streets of the historic Old Market neighborhood. If you don’t feel like walking, simply take a horse-drawn carriage to get a closer look at all those historic buildings you could see from your room when you woke up this morning. After the day’s sightseeing, cool down in the indoor pool before drinks and dinner at the onsite restaurant.

Residence Inn Omaha/Downtown Old Market Area, for Art Deco chic

Residence Inn Omaha:Downtown Old Market Area room with wall art, three windows, flatscreen tv and desk
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Unlike most other hotels in this chain, this one has art deco-inspired design elements in keeping with the building it’s in – the Old Federal Building – dating from 1934 and offering spectacular views of downtown Omaha. The animal sculptures of the Spirit of Nebraska Wilderness are right next door whilst those of the pioneers in Pioneer Courage Park are a block away. Both Holland Center and the spooky Museum of Shadows are just down the street in the direction of the river.

For more accommodation options, check out our guide to the best hotels in Omaha – then book your stay on Culture Trip.

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