Hospitality: Lincoln’s Hotels

Lincoln offers big-city hotels that greet visitors with the friendly service of a small town. If you want a “home away from home” in Lincoln for a convention, a family vacation or a romantic getaway, Lincoln hotels can fulfill your wishes.

The Embassy Suites at 1040 P Street and only two blocks south of Memorial Stadium, is the site of the popular “Do the Dock” tailgates on football Saturdays. Food, fun and live music are the agenda.

The adventure begins under the awning where red and black clad valets greet guests with a smile, while helping with luggage and directing them to registration. Wind your way to the center of this warm and welcoming hotel through a large, open atrium enhanced by the soothing sound of a rippling waterfall and an abundance of flowers and plants.

Two of the Embassy Suites’ popular features are their amazing breakfasts and their evening cocktail hour. And the hotel’s restaurant, The Athletic Club, offers you a true sports feel along with a first-class menu that includes, of course, delicious Nebraska beef.

With its relaxing central atrium and made-to-order complimentary breakfasts, the hotel is a favorite of discriminating Lincoln visitors. The hotel’s central downtown location also makes it a popular site for conferences, meetings and weddings.

The Cornhusker Marriott slashed the ribbon on an $11 million renovation recently. The landmark hotel has been a tradition in downtown Lincoln for 90 years.

But the red décor is gone and in its place soft earth tones complement a modern design. The lobby, with its ornate staircase, now shows off a modern feel with a neutral color scheme. The front desk area with its backlit panels and dark wood exudes a warm “first impression” for guests.

“Every inch of the hotel was renovated,” the company said in a press release: HVAC, the lobby, food service, indoor pool, carpets, ballroom, guest rooms, furniture, suites, and meeting rooms.

The Great Room replaces the Five Reasons barroom on the second floor. The Great Room is designed for today’s high-tech travelers, with a modern, stylish comfort and work stations, a media center, Wi-Fi and five flat-screen televisions, which allow for a mix of work and play.

The Marriott Concierge Lounge is complete with hi-tech amenities for the Marriott Elite Members. And 10 spacious suites were expanded to feature a parlor, master bathroom and master closet.

A popular setting for conferences, business meetings and social gatherings, the hotel prides itself on the new design, technology and in-house audiovisual team to provide an enjoyable meeting experience.

The Miller Time® Pub & Grill pairs “the perfect beer with the perfect bite,” and is popular with the lunch crowd and for Husker sporting events.

The Hyatt Place Hotel takes its place as the newest hotel in the West Haymarket. Hyatt Place is a boutique hotel in a seven-story building south of the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Located across from the Railyard, it is within walking distance of the Haymarket’s 30+ restaurants as well as theaters, art galleries, live music and shopping. Owned by local investors, the hotel has 111 rooms, including three corner suites.

Jackie Hirshman-Eller, director of sales and marketing, said the most popular features with guests are the pet-friendly rooms, complimentary skillet breakfast, Hyatt Grand Beds and its location in the heart of the Haymarket.

“The Railyard has become a destination for out-of-state visitors,” she said. “And Hyatt Place has become a popular spot for wedding parties.” The green space near the hotel turns into a red space on Husker football Saturdays. Hiro 88, Mellow Mushroom and Hyatt Place partner to offer a tailgate that is open to the public.

The Hilton Garden opened its doors in August of 2013 to corporate, government and leisure guests. Centrally located at 801 R Street, the hotel is convenient for guests attending events at the Pinnacle Bank Arena and The Lied Center for Performing Arts, or Husker games at Memorial Stadium. Dozens of restaurants, bars, art galleries and shops are within walking distance.

Guests can begin their day with a made-to-order breakfast and end their day relaxing by the fire pit on the outdoor patio.

John Klimpel, of Lincoln Hotel Group, said the Hilton Garden’s location contributes to its popularity. “The response to the hotel has been above my expectations,” he said. “The hotel is in the heart of the Haymarket where there is lots of energy.” Klimpel says the building of the Pinnacle Bank Arena and the West Haymarket expansion has not only helped the downtown economy, but other parts of the city of the city as well.

Hilton Garden has 104 rooms on four floors as well as meeting rooms. The adjacent parking lot is a big plus for guests who can walk directly from the parking lot into the hotel. Hilton Garden prides itself on its employees who make sure every guest has a pleasant stay. Klimpel says the majority of the compliments the hotel receives are comments about the friendly staff.

The Courtyard Marriott in the Haymarket welcomes guests with an open lobby space that features media pods and a variety of seating arrangements. Marriott said it was the first hotel in the area with its “refreshing business” lobby environment, where guests have an open and flexible space. Along with media pods, WiFi and a variety of seating zones, the space is ideal for everything from one-on-one meetings to social gatherings. Guests can schedule a meeting around a large table or a private media booth complete with high-definition television. In addition, guests can socialize with friends in the semi-private lounge area.

The Market is handy for snacks or “grab and go” sandwiches. The Bistro serves up food in a casual atmosphere with flexible seating. Throughout the hotel, guests can connect to complimentary WiFi, and electrical outlets in the lobby will power digital devices. The business library features several terminals, a printer and separate computer stations dedicated solely to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status.

The six-story hotel also features an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool spa, fitness center, and guest laundry. Look no further than the courtyard for events up to 200 people.

The downtown Holiday Inn, at 9th and P Streets, is the gateway to the Historic Haymarket. The hotel is family-friendly and located just a few blocks from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm guests can enjoy the Managers Reception featuring complimentary draft beer, house wine, and appetizers. With more than 14,000 square feet of banquet and catering space, it is perfect for any size function.

The Holiday Inn is recently renovated and boasts amenities such as an indoor heated pool, on-site Fitness Center, and the Red Onion Bistro & Bar the hotel’s full-service restaurant.

For guests wanting a relaxing stay in a secluded setting, Chase Suite Hotel is the place to be at 200 South 68th Place. With its condo-like layout and outdoor spaces, guests can relax by the fire or take dip in the pool.

The suites range in size from 450 to 850 square feet for the Penthouse Suite. Two bedroom suites with lofts are a good choice for families. The kitchenette comes with all the necessities and terraces are perfect for dining al fresco.

Chase Suite Hotel offers complimentary breakfast for its guests and accommodates visitors for extended stays.

Settle Inn & Suites is reminiscent of a medieval castle and is located off I-80 and 27th Streets. You may be greeted by men in suits of armor, but you will also find amenities like the Free Kick Start Breakfast, free WiFi, refreshing swimming pools, a Comfort Bedding Promise for an assured clean and comfortable night’s stay plus numerous themed-suites with in-room whirlpools!

The Quality Inn and Suites at 5353 North 27th Street is situated near Interstate 80 and just minutes from the Bob Devaney Sports Center, Memorial Stadium and the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Guests can enjoy an indoor pool, free full breakfast, and free WiFi.

The on-site restarant, Beacon Hills, features Maryland crab cakes, as well as Nebraska prime rib. Their popular Sunday Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For visitors looking for the intimate atmosphere of a bed and breakfast, here are a few of the choices:

The Rogers House at 2145 B Street has been an inn for 25 years. Guest rooms are appointed with antique furnishings and are located in the Rogers House, and the West House, next door at 2125 B Street.

Three guest rooms are tailored for business guests and WiFi is provided both houses.

The gourmet breakfast is served in the room or in the main floor dining room.

The Westview Bed & Breakfast at 7000 NW 27th Street bills itself as “Luxury Lodging in the Country.” The B & B is located on 10 acres only 8 minutes from downtown Lincoln, The Westview is also a popular site for both indoor and outdoor weddings.

Hawley Bed and Breakfast is at 545 North 25th Street. This English country style upper floor apartment is equipped for extended stays with a kitchenette, two bedrooms and a sunroom.

 

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