Whether you’re looking for a staycation in Omaha option or you’re visiting the city as a tourist or sports fan here for an event, Omaha has several hotels to choose from (hundreds of hotels, actually). But, where should you stay in Omaha — downtown, near the Interstate, or in West Omaha? And which hotels are great for families? I’ve done the research (and stayed at a few) to get you those answers.
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Top Omaha Hotels
From familiar hotel chains to charming boutique hotels, here are a few of the best hotels in Omaha.
How did I come up with this list? I used a few sources:
Rankings on TripAdvisor
Overal guest ratings on Booking.com (location ratings of a hotel are from Booking.com, as well)
If the hotel had a pool, that had a little extra weight to the scoring
My personal experiences and knowledge of the hotels and neighobrhoods where they're located
Sample review: “Last night I stayed at the Omaha Marriott Downtown Capitol District and I had an awesome experience!!! Staff member Denita went above and beyond!!! She did an AMAZING job of making sure my room was ready and all needs were met. My room was so clean, comfortable and relaxing. I had a gorgeous view from the 11th floor and was able to watch the sun set and experience the sun rinsing. During breakfast, Markitta was also very attentive. The selection was plentiful for a continental breakfast and the staff did a great job of staying on top of refilling in a timely manner when they were running low. I’ll definitely be staying there again soon. Thank you!!!' - TripAdvisor review June 2022
Amenities: Free breakfast, pet-friendly, fitness center, free parking
Places within walking distance: 1 mile to Inner Rail Food Hall & Aksarben Cinema
Sample review: “Clean comfy room. Very nice King bed. Slept great. Friendly staff checked us in fast. Well stocked breakfast, many restaurants nearby as well. Very easy to get on and off I 80. The price was fair as well.Would stay again for sure.” - TripAdvisor review May 2022
Amenities: Restaurant, bar, fitness center, valet parking
Places within walking distance: 4-minute walk to Old Market; 7-minute walk from Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; 12-minute walk to Schwab Field. One of the closest hotels to Gene Leahy Mall, which is set to reopen in July 2022. The mall will have an amphitheater, playground, dog park, and more.
Sample review:“This is definitely the place to book for your special occasion! Beautiful, clean, upscale hotel with staff that go above and beyond to ensure you'll enjoy your stay. Also it's just steps from Old Market and minutes from the zoo. Everything was easy and convenient. Valet parking was great. Dynamite restaurant was also beautiful, romantic and most importantly, delicious! Thank you so much for making our stay special and we can't wait to come back again!” - Booking.com review April 2022
Amenities: Pet-friendly (but pricey), free hot breakfast, free parking
Places within walking distance: 3-minute walk to Inner Rail Food Hall; 4-minute walk to Aksarben Cinema; 8-minute walk to Baxter Arena; 13-minute walk to Elmwood Park; Omaha Community Playhouse is 2 miles away
Sample review: “The place was awesome great location tons of food choices all around you a lot to do the facility was clean the staff was great helpful friendly definitely still there again if I needed.” Booking.com review August 2021
Amenities: Restaurant, fitness center, free airport shuttle
Places within walking distance: 5-minute walk to Holland Performing Arts Center; 7-minute walk to CHI Health Center; 7-minute walk to Old Market; 12-minute walk to Schwab Field
Sample review: “This hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the Old Market area, the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge and the convention center. The staff are all so nice and helpful and generally just great people. We had a very enjoyable stay.” - TripAdvisor review May 2022
Places within walking distance: West Omaha isn’t super walker-friendly, so you’ll likely drive everywhere. Pitch Pizzeria is a quarter-mile away. Village Pointe Shopping Center (Marcus Theaters, Funny Bone Comedy Club, Scheels), is less than a mile away.
Sample review: “Breakfast was excellent and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Making pancakes for my 2 children as a request. She, I believe her name was Kelly, did so in a friendly manner and made my children feel special. The ladies at the front desk were courteous and welcomed questions, suggesting places to eat and to shop. This trip was during Christmas.” - Booking.com review December 2021
Opened in 2021 ("Originally built in 1914 to model the original architecture of the Brandeis Theater, the hotel building has been designated a Local Landmark by the Omaha Heritage Preservation Commission." - LinkeIn)
Rankings on TripAdvisor: No. 24 hotel in Omaha on TripAdvisor
Amenities: Pet-friendly, restaurant, bar, fitness center
Places within walking distance: 4-minute walk to Rose Theater; 7-minute walk to Omaha Children’s Museum; 10-minute walk to Zen Coffee; 14-minute walk to Old Market
Sample review:“Breakfast choices were amazing. Healthy and plant based options. The sheets were wonderfully soft and the bed comfortable. The best part was definitely the people though, every person I interacted with was very kind and accommodating.” - Booking.com review March 2022
FAQs about Omaha hotels
What’s a good hotel near Omaha’s zoo?
Great question. The closest hotel to the zoo is very poorly rated, and the benefit of shaving a few minutes off your travel time is not worth it.
The good thing is that the zoo is located just off Interstate 80, so you don’t have to stay downtown if you don’t want to. In my opinion, your best bet is to either stay in at a hotel in Council Bluffs (look hotels near the convention center or casinos on the west side of the city) and take a very quick drive over the Missouri River to get to the zoo or you can stay in downtown Omaha.
You will get lower rates at the Council Bluffs hotels – averaging around $100 less! – but miss out on the walkability of downtown/Old Market hotels and their proximity to other attractions, restaurants, and shops.
My recommendation: Embassy Suites Old Market, which is located in a primo spot in the Old Market and is a straight shot down 10th Street to the zoo. Pros: Large rooms, complimentary breakfast, excellent location, indoor pool. Cons: Expensive parking)
You could look at hotels in West Omaha, as there are some conveniently near Interstate 80. Still, I’m a fan of staying near all the fun and action of downtown Omaha.
Are there any good homes or condos in downtown Omaha?
I love a good VRBO for vacation, especially if I’m traveling with more than one family or planning on staying longer than a weekend. Here are a few top picks for homes, condos and apartments for temporary accommodations.
There’s a one-bedroom apartment right in the heart of the Old Market (11th and Howard streets). It’s pet-friendly, too. 10-star rating on Booking.com. Parking is not included
There’s a two-bedroom condo in the Blackstone District (38th Street) with a great patio. 10-star rating on Booking.com.
There’s a three-bedroom home near the zoo on VRBO!
There’s a three-bedroom townhome on VRBO in a prime location in the Old Market, and it has two King-bed suites and a garage.
There’s a four-bedroom home within walking distance to the zoo on VRBO.
Need lots of space? VRBO has a listing for a six-bedroom mansion in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood, near Joslyn Castle and within walking distance to Blackstone District.
Are there any unique places to stay in Omaha?
So you don’t want to stay somewhere typical? I get it. Here are a few of the city’s more unusual options: