Hotels and accommodations in Nebraska run the gamut from affordable family-run motels to luxurious historic landmarks, grand lodges and quaint cabins, small B&Bs and working ranches, and even teepees and glamping bungalows. Depending on your need to be in the big city, small town, or out in the wilderness, there is something for everyone.
The Hotel Deco XV, located in the heart of downtown Omaha, towers fourteen stories over the city’s busy streets. This historic Art Deco structure built in 1930 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is Omaha’s only boutique luxury hotel. Also listed on the National Register is the Old Main Street Inn found in Chadron. Built in 1890, the saloon is reminiscent of that time and the rooms are filled with antiques. (And, if you’re lucky, you just might get a glimpse of two resident ghosts, Anna and Jack.)
For a taste of Italy, there is the Magnolia Hotel Omaha, a 1920s property modeled after the Bargello palace in Florence. Extensively renovated in 2007, it maintains its original interior courtyard and façade. Start your stay off with the complimentary evening reception or head to the nearby Old Market for a bite.
When it comes to grand lodges, you probably can’t do any better than Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. Rustically ornate in the Adirondack style, recent renovations have updated the lodge, but it still maintains its comfy and cozy feel. Lied Lodge and Conference Center, dedicated to environmental programs and education, is associated with the Arbor Day Foundation and strives to make the property as green as possible.
Small lodges dot the rural landscape of Nebraska, affording residents and visitors alike some time with nature. The Comstock Premier Lodge is one example, located outside Sargent in the Sandhills. Offering nine rooms, visitors can take advantage of hiking the Sandhills or enjoy some premier hunting opportunities.
One of the more unique accommodations is a working ranch, where hands-on labor is part of the daily routine. Novice and experienced riders alike can spend the day in the saddle, rounding up cattle, branding calves, even mending fences. Rowse’s 1+1 Ranch in Burwell is just such a place. Here you stay in cabins, take meals at the main lodge, and labor over daily ranch chores. You’ll feel like a cowboy/girl in no time!
And for the more adventurous, Nebraska has some out-of-the-ordinary opportunities for you. You can stay at the River Inn, a floating B&B on the Missouri River. Let the water lull you to sleep at night, relax on a chaise on the top deck, and spend some time exploring historic Brownville. Or maybe head out to the Platte River State Park and stay in one of the teepees available for rent. Set on platforms, these teepees are a bit more refined than those of the original Native Americans, but they do offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can also spend the night in the great outdoors glamping at Slattery Vintage Estates in Nehawka. This Nebraska vineyard offers canvas bungalows, all decked out in antiques with porches overlooking the vines. Head over to their tasting room for a sip of their latest releases!
No matter your preferences, desired location or price point, Nebraska has just the right place for you to lay your head at night.