The Best Hotels to Book in Nebraska

Staying at Omaha Marriott Downtown puts you right in the heart of downtown Omaha
Staying at Omaha Marriott Downtown puts you right in the heart of downtown Omaha | Courtesy of Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District / Expedia
Michelle Juergen

Nebraska means flat water in the language of the native Otoe people (a reference to the winding Platte River that played a major role in the westward expansion of the USA), and is one of the least densely populated states in the country. With an abundance of farmland and rural communities, it makes for a bucolic palette-cleanser on a cross-country road trip, though that’s not to say there’s nothing here for city lovers – its biggest metropolis, Omaha, has food, drink and culture galore. For a great stay in the Cornhusker State, here are the best hotels in Nebraska – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Deco, for Instagram-worthy interiors


Bar at Hotel Deco in Omaha, Nebraska
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This upscale boutique property in the historic Redick Tower in Omaha was the recent recipient of a much-awaited renovation. The overhaul extended from guest rooms and laundry facilities to plumbing and electrical systems, as well as tuck-pointing the exterior brickwork. Inside, you’ll find exceptional front-desk service, sophisticated art deco furnishings highlighted by sumptuous jewel tones and contemporary cuisine at the exquisitely designed, and eminently photogenic, Monarch restaurant.

2. Magnolia Hotel Omaha, for business meets boutique

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Exterior of Magnolia Hotel Omaha
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The stately Magnolia Omaha has its roots in the early 1900s, when it was built as the Aquila Court Building and designed to mimic the Bargello palace in Florence, Italy. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building today houses the boutique hotel that’s well loved for marrying history with modern comforts. Great for business travelers, the Magnolia offers meeting and event spaces and corporate amenities, and all guest rooms feature executive work desks.

3. The Kindler Hotel, for a heavenly night’s sleep


Lounge at the Kindler Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska
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Neoclassical architecture meets art deco at the Kindler Hotel in Lincoln, the capital city of Nebraska. Sipping a craft cocktail while tucked into one of the ultramarine couches or peacock banquettes is a must at Boitano’s Lounge, which presents a seasonally changing menu of small plates developed by Brian Boitano, an Olympic skater and Food Network star. Sleep like a Renaissance-inspired angel in the heavenly cream, beige and gold hues of the Kindler’s rooms and suites.

4. Graduate Lincoln, for modern Americana


Room at the Graduate Lincoln hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska
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Graduate Lincoln brings heartland style to the present day, with retro Americana touches such as pinball machines, mid-century modern furnishings, cowboy-inspired decor and roadside signs-turned-lighting fixtures. Dine in style at Single Barrel, which serves hearty fare such as burgers, brisket and steak alongside a selection of more than 200 bourbons and whiskies. Work it all off in the new Topgolf Swing Suite, where you can rent out a hitting bay, or the whole space to practice your long game.

5. Hilton Omaha, for state line straddling


Bar at the Hilton Omaha hotel in Omaha, Nebraska
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If you want to tap into the main Omaha artery, this Hilton offers you a direct line. Located a block from TD Ameritrade Park, and less than a mile from the Old Market Entertainment District, the property is also walking distance to the Missouri River waterfront, where you can straddle the boundary between Nebraska and Iowa (architecture nerds will love the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge). When you need a break from the hubbub, retire to the spa.

6. Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District, for skyline swims


Pool at Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District in Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District is also situated downtown, just a few blocks from the smorgasbord of dining and nightlife options in Old Market, and a quick walk from the charming Riverwalk. Take in a college ball game at TD Ameritrade Park before settling into your well-appointed room or suite, decorated in tones of mahogany, chocolate and cinnamon. End your day with a swim in the rooftop pool, or with a whiskey at Burdock + Bitters.

7. The Peregrine Omaha Downtown, Curio Collection by Hilton, for seasonal eating


Room at the Peregrine Omaha Downtown hotel in Omaha, Nebraska
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As a soft brand, the Hilton Curio Collection properties often have rather more flair and individual style than those of the parent company, and the Peregrine spreads its wings with yellow topaz-and-gold accents that complement shades of black, brown and navy throughout the hotel. Take in the cityscape from the firepit at the Takeoff, the only rooftop bar in downtown Omaha, or stay awhile and enjoy seasonal cuisine at the Habitat restaurant, bar and lounge.

8. DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Southwest, for animal attractions


Dining area at DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Southwest hotel in Omaha, Nebraska
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Right off Interstate 80 in Omaha is DoubleTree by Hilton Omaha Southwest, close to a smattering of options: the University of Nebraska Omaha campus is 3mi (5km) away, while a 6mi (10km) ride brings you to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, consistently ranked as one of the world’s top five zoos. Downtown Omaha attractions aren’t too much farther afield.

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