From the vibrant cities of Omaha and Lincoln to the barren expanses of the valley regions, Nebraska’s appeal lies in its stark contrasts. Much more than just another road-trip state along the I-80, Nebraska offers visitors everything from prehistoric dinosaur remains to world-class arts and stunning national parks.
Nebraska range of accommodation – from wilderness retreats to luxury city resorts – makes it easy to find the perfect place to stay for your next trip.
Here are our pick of the best resorts in Nebraska:
1. Hilton Omaha
Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Omaha, the Hilton Omaha offers both business and leisure travellers a stylish place to stay during their visit to Nebraska’s largest city. Just seven minutes from the airport, you’ll be enjoying the Hilton Omaha’s modern facilities – including an impressive pool and fitness suite – in no time.
Those looking to experience Omaha’s fine dining don’t need to venture far, thanks to the Hilton Omaha’s 1920’s-themed Liberty Tavern Restaurant. Serving up signature dishes, such as steaks and succulent lobster pot pie, The Liberty Tavern Restaurant Lounge also offers a great selection of single malt whisky, cocktails, and local micro brews.
2. The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Lincoln’s premier hotel resort, the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel, has been providing visitors to the state with luxury accommodation for over 90 years. The Cornhusker, as it’s referred, has plush hotel rooms with all of the luxury details you would expect from a Marriott hotel.
The Miller Time Pub & Grill serves up lunch and dinner, and if you feel like you have overindulged, you can always work it off in the state-of-the-art fitness centre. For a more relaxing spot of exercise, the Marriott’s indoor pool is perfect for a morning dip before exploring the city.
Free Wi-Fi and workspace make the Cornhusker Hotel a perfect fit for business travellers too.
3. Hotel Grand Conference Centre
One for the families, the Hotel Grand Conference Centre is ideally located near the Island Oasis Water Park and Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island. Rooms come with a range of amenities – including options for self-catered dining. If you prefer to let someone else take care of the cooking whilst you’re on holiday, food and drinks all-inclusive packages are available at the Hotel’s Images Bar & Grill.
The water park might be nearby but guests can also take a dip in the hotel’s own indoor pool, or relax with a game of indoor mini-golf or table tennis.
4. Hotel Deco
Style-savvy travellers to Omaha need look no further than the Hotel Deco, a beautifully designed art deco hotel, located in conveniently in the city centre. The luxury doesn’t end with the décor – guests can enjoy free transport and in-room massages.
The hotel’s bar caters for all tastes and requirements, including a range of gluten-free and vegan meal options.
With both a fitness suite and a business centre, including free high-speed Wi-Fi, holiday-makers and business travellers will find their needs perfectly catered for.
5. River Inn Resort
Those looking for a unique resort experience in Nebraska will find it at the River Inn Resort – the floating bed and breakfast on the banks of the Missouri River.
Located in historic Brownville – between Omaha and Kansas City – the River Inn Resort offers guests simple, elegant rooms and the opportunity to spend your days relaxing on the river.
Breakfast is included with every room price, and for a special dinner experience, join the Spirit of Brownville evening cruise on the water.
It goes without saying that rooms come with spectacular views, and the sunny deck common area allows guest to mingle should they prefer some vacation company.
6. Comfort Inn at the Zoo Omaha
Animal lovers and sports fans alike will love the location of Omaha’s Comfort Inn, situated next door to both the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. The Comfort Inn is pet-friendly too, meaning that those travelling with their own animals in tow will have no problem finding a comfortable and stylish place to stay.
The resort has its own heated indoor pool and fitness centre, as well as a hearty free breakfast included in the room rate.
Choose from ample-sized rooms or spacious suites, both of which come with plasma TVs and high speed Wi-Fi access.
7. Lied Lodge & Conference Centre
Natural surroundings, quality service and all within easy reach of Nebraska City combine at the Lied Lodge and Conference Centre. Set above a ridge overlooking Nebraska City’s Steinhart Aquatic Centre, the lodge has won numerous awards for its conference facilities and its rooms.
The rooms beautiful reflect the outdoor setting, with wooden furniture and fittings, as well as all of the modern amenities you would expect from a conference hotel. The Lied Lodge recently completed a multi-million-dollar renovation, and facilities now include an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a luxury spa.
8. Magnolia Hotel Omaha
History buffs will feel right at home at the Magnolia Hotel Omaha, which is not only located in the heart of Old Town Omaha but is also something of a historic landmark itself – having been built in 1923 and used as the Aquila Court Building.
Based on the designs of the Bargello Palace in Florence, the boutique hotel offers classic hotel rooms with floor to ceiling windows and incredible city views.
You won’t find a pool at the Magnolia Hotel but what it lacks in water facilities, it makes up for in food and drink. Chester’s Restaurant and bar has a great range of meals and beverages, and don’t forget the complimentary bed time cookies and milk offered to guests nightly.
9. Merritt Trading Post Resort
Located near the Merritt Reservoir, Valentine, the Merritt Trading Post Resort is a world away from the bright lights of the city. Step outside and find pure water and beautiful sugar sand beaches on the resort doorstep.
The cabins offer modest, clean accommodation, and the opportunity to completely relax. Spend your time relaxing by the beach or enjoy Nebraska’s top warm water fishery. The resort will even clean and prepare your catch from the day for eating in their onsite restaurant.
10. Embassy Suites Lincoln Hotel
Stay in Downtown Lincoln’s most majestic building – the Embassy Suites Lincoln Hotel. With large, elegantly decorated suites that come complete with kitchenettes, this resort offers luxury with the freedom to do your own thing.
Located in the very heart of Lincoln, the hotel has a prime position next to the Centre of Performing Arts and the University of Nebraska, as well as all of the city’s best restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.
Cooked-to-order breakfasts are complimentary with every stay, and guests can enjoy a free drink in the evening at the Embassy’s beautiful tropical-themed atrium.
11. Courtyard Omaha
If you prefer your hotels historic on the outside but fitted with the latest state-of-the-art technology on the inside, the Marriott Courtyard Omaha is the perfect accommodation for your Nebraska trip.
Situated in the Old Market neighbourhood of Omaha, the hotel is within easy walking distance of both leisure and business attractions – from the Omaha Zoo and Durham Museum to the University.
Inside, rooms are stylish and feature all of the mod-cons you would expect from a Marriott – with a sleek swimming pool and fitness centre for those who like to keep active on vacation.
12. Marina Inn Hotel & Conference Centre
On the banks of the Missouri River, and with easy access to both Nebraska’s main sights and Sioux City, Iowa, the Marina Inn Hotel & Conference Centre offers guests the chance to explore two states.
With its riverside position, the Marina Inn boasts beautiful views and an impressive list of amenities – with both indoor and outdoor pools and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
Rooms and suites have a “home-away-from-home” feel and come with luxury touches, such as complimentary Starbucks coffee each morning, free WiFi and room-service from the Marina Inn Hotel’s popular Steak, Fish & Chophouse – Kahill’s.
13. EVEN Hotel Omaha Downtown
It’s all about creating a balance between travel and wellbeing at EVEN Hotel Omaha, with modern facilities and an emphasis on eco-friendly amenities.
EVEN is IHG’s newest brand, and the EVEN Hotel Omaha Downtown is one of the first EVEN hotels to be launched in the world. For business travellers and those who like to maintain their health and wellbeing whilst on vacation, the EVEN Hotel Omaha has gone beyond just the usual fitness suite and hotel pool. You’ll find an athletic studio, in-room exercise zones and made-to-order healthy dining options.
Rooms are designed to provide the ultimate restful environment – with eucalyptus fibre bedding and eco-friendly products.
14. Residence Inn Omaha
Perfect for long-term stays, the Residence Inn Omaha makes guest feel at home, with added services such as complimentary grocery delivery and suites with fully equipped kitchens.
If you prefer to have your food prepared for you, the Residence offers a free daily breakfast and room service, as well as local restaurant dinner delivery.
The spacious one and two-bed studios come with free Wi-Fi and stylish separate living areas. You can keep up with your fitness routine in the modern fitness centre, or join the kids in the GAME ON room with pinball, video games and more.
Enjoy the free on-request shuttle service in and out of the centre of town and to the airport.
15. Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Hotel
Located within easy reach of the University of Nebraska, Kearney, the award-winning Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Hotel is an excellent choice for business travellers and one of the best resorts in Nebraska.
With simple, modern rooms and meeting facilities, the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites is located off Interstate 80 and provides free Wi-Fi and tasty breakfasts for all guests as standard.
Those travelling with animals will also be happy to find that the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Hotel is a completely pet-friendly hotel.