Nebraska is the land of wide open spaces, fossil beds, sand dunes, and vibrant university towns.

With an abundance of natural and cultural attractions across the state, it’s fitting that Nebraska has an eclectic array of accommodations to match. From a floating boutique hotel on the Missouri River to an opulent historic urban hotel to a Western trading post in the Sandhills, travelers have several unique choices.

1. Merritt Trading Post Resort, Nebraska

Merritt Trading Post Resort, Nebraska
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Travelers looking for an off-the-beaten-path resort will find it at Merritt Trading Post Resort. Located in Western Nebraska’s famous Sandhills, guests can experience nature at its best. Activities include geocaching, bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, and stargazing. Lake Merritt has 44 miles of white sand shoreline for enjoying a little beach time. There are 15 rustic cabins on the property and seven campsites with hookups. Resort amenities include paddle boat and boat rentals, RV hookups, laundromat, showers, and fishing guide services. An on-site store sells groceries, souvenirs, and clothing. Propane, diesel, and marine gas are available. There is a dining room and lounge with a full menu, big screen TV, billiards table, and panoramic lake views.

88337 State Highway 97, Valentine, NE, Phone: 402-376-3437

2. Hilton Omaha

Hilton Omaha
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Hilton Omaha is located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, close to the iconic Old Market Entertainment District with its cobblestone streets, boutique shops, eclectic restaurants, and Saturday Farmers’ Market. It’s also walking distance to TD Ameritrade Ballpark – home of the College World Series, and a short seven-minute shuttle ride to Eppley Airfield Airport. Modern rooms feature earth tones, contemporary furnishings, a separate seating area, 32-inch HDTV, abstract artwork, and large windows. Suites add sofa sleepers. Executive upgrades include complimentary snacks and breakfast. Hotel amenities include a FedEx Business Center, enclosed connected walkway to Omaha’s convention center, pool, fitness room, gift shop, concierge desk, and room service. The Liberty Tavern Restaurant serves home-style and barbecue comfort foods, and the lobby Liberty Tavern Lounge serves drinks and lite bites.

1001 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68102, Phone: 402-991-4981

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3. Hotel Deco

Hotel Deco
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Hotel Deco, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is also Nebraska’s only property named to the Historic Hotels of America. This historic, four-diamond, landmark hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2010. Eighty-nine luxurious guestrooms and suites feature sophisticated décor, wood flooring, elegant furnishings, and high-end amenities. Guests should expect 37-inch HDTV, complimentary Wi-Fi, iPod docking station, in-room safe, plush linens, and luxurious beds. Hotel amenities include lobby coffee service, overnight shoe shine, fitness center, and in-room massage services. The hotel is within walking distance of Omaha’s Old Market Entertainment District, and TD Ameritrade Ballpark.

1504 Harney Street, Omaha, NE, Phone: 402-991-4981

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4. Ramada by Wyndham Midtown Grand Island

Ramada by Wyndham Midtown Grand Island
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Ramada by Wyndham Midtown Grand Island hotel and conference center is centrally located in Grand Island, Nebraska. It is in close proximity to both the downtown area, and a few regional attractions like Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, the Platte River, and Five Points Arena. Rooms have flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, microwaves, and free Wi-Fi. Suites add separate living rooms, hot tubs and/or sofa sleepers and wet bars. Hotel amenities include complimentary high-speed Internet, airport shuttle to Grand Island Central Regional Airport, free breakfast buffet, free parking, indoor pool and hot tub, business center, fitness center, express check-out, and a children’s play area. Hotel guests will find classic American fare at the hotel’s Images Bar & Grill.

2503 South Locust Street, Grand Island, NE, Phone: 308-384-1330

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5. Lied Lodge & Conference Center

Lied Lodge & Conference Center
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Lied Lodge & Conference Center overlooks the 260-acre Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Contemporary rooms have a natural ambience featuring a woodsy gray color palette, light wood furnishings, wood ceiling, and arboretum views. Some rooms also have vaulted ceilings, and terraces. Suites also have kitchenettes and extra living areas. Room amenities include flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, work desk, leather side chair, mini-fridge, and coffeemaker. The hotel has two pools – one for adults, one for kids – that are indoors, plus a sauna, hot tub, fitness room, and spa. The hotel’s signature restaurant is Timber Dining Room, serving farm-to-table dishes in a chic ambience with a lovely terrace. The Library Lounge also serves food along with cocktails, wine, and beer.

2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City, NE, Phone: 402-873-8733

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6. Magnolia Hotel Omaha

Magnolia Hotel Omaha
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Magnolia Hotel Omaha is a boutique hotel three blocks from downtown Omaha’s historic Old Market Entertainment District. The 1923 building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the perfect blend of historic grandeur and modern design. Lavish rooms are a blend of vintage details and contemporary décor, and feature flat-screen TVs with premium channels and pay-per-view movies, luxurious Magnolia bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, and signature bath products. Suites and lofts offer additional amenities and extended stay perks. Hotel amenities include complimentary airport transportation, 24-hour fitness center, business center, high-speed Wi-Fi, complimentary freshly-baked cookies each evening, and paid valet parking.

1615 Howard Street, Omaha, NE, Phone: 402-341-2500

7. Delta Hotels South Sioux City Riverfront

Delta Hotels South Sioux City Riverfront
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Delta Hotels South Sioux City Riverfront is situated along the Missouri River in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The newly updated hotel is equally suitable for both leisure and business stays. Guests will appreciate the hotel’s close proximity to Sioux City Convention Center, Tyson’s Event Center, Louis and Clark Interpretive Center, and Launchpad Children’s Museum. Rooms have premium bedding, contemporary décor, complimentary bottled water, upscale bath products, mini-fridge, flat-screen TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Hotel amenities include airport shuttle service, both indoor and outdoor pools, 24-hour fitness center, conference and event space with state-of-the-art technology, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, and pet-friendly rooms.

385 E 4th St, South Sioux City, NE 68776, Phone: 402-494-4000

8. Embassy Suites Lincoln Hotel

Embassy Suites Lincoln Hotel
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Embassy Suites Lincoln Hotel is situated in downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, across the street from the Lied Center for Performing Arts. It’s also a short walk to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and to the restaurants, boutiques, and galleries of the Historic Haymarket District. This all-suites hotel features spacious two-room suites with separate bedroom and living areas, two TVs, sofa sleeper, table and chairs, armchair, kitchen, microwave, mini-fridge, wet bar, and coffeemaker. Premium suites include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth docking station, high-end coffeemaker, in-suite snacks and specialty coffees. Accessible accommodations are available. Stays come with complimentary drinks and appetizers at an Evening Reception, and complimentary made-to-order breakfast, both served in the beautiful hotel atrium. The hotel has a pool, hot tub, and fitness room. Compare Prices

1040 P Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-474-1111

9. River Inn Resort, Nebraska

River Inn Resort, Nebraska
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River Inn Resort is a boutique, 18-room, floating bed and breakfast on the Missouri River. Situated outside the charming village of Brownsville, Nebraska, this B&B offers guests a dose of tranquility. Elegant rooms feature pillow-top mattresses, HDTV, coffeemaker, Wi-Fi, refrigerator, microwave, and radio. Guests will find event spaces, conference rooms, and fitness equipment onboard. Resort amenities also include a complimentary deluxe breakfast, and a sun deck on the second level equipped with books and magazines, games, and binoculars. Spirit of Brownville is a 150-passenger riverboat offering guests dinner cruises on the Missouri River. The nearby village of Brownsville offers a village repertory theater, weekend concerts, premier book stores, art galleries, museums, boutique shops, an arboretum, and a winery.

72898 648A Avenue, Brownville, NE, Phone: 402-825-6441

10. The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
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The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel is centrally located in Lincoln, Nebraska, offering easy access to Lied Center for Performing Arts, the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Memorial Stadium, the Historic Haymarket District, the Railyard Entertainment District, and the State Capitol. Beautiful, contemporary rooms are bursting with amenities, including high-speed Internet, complimentary Wi-Fi, marble bathroom with Bath & Bodyworks spa products, coffee service, mini-fridge, and many more. Guests at the Cornhusker can expect a 24-hour fitness center, heated indoor pool, complimentary airport shuttle, paid parking, conference and event space, pet-friendly rooms and a convenience store. Miller Time Pub & Grill, the hotel’s main restaurant, serves buffet, continental, and full American breakfasts, plus lunch and dinner. Café at The Cornhusker also serves breakfast, and there is a Starbucks on site.

333 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE, Phone: 402-474-7474

11. Ohiya Casino and Resort, Niobrara

Ohiya Casino and Resort, Niobrara
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The Santee Sioux Nation extends a warm welcome to all guests at the Ohiya Casino and Resort, where you can be assured of a fun-filled getaway. Most people definitely come to enjoy gaming in the casino, which features a packed slots floor where you will find all your favorite slots alongside brand new games which are constantly rotated. You can play for just a few cents or opt for bigger stakes at the progressive jackpot machines or try your luck at Bingo. The resort has a range of comfortable guestrooms and suites, all of which feature bright Sioux-style décor. Ohiya Resort has an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub and fitness room.

53142 Hwy 12, Niobrara, NE 68760, 402 857 3860

12. Kingsley Dam Resort, Ogallala

Kingsley Dam Resort, Ogallala
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You will find the Kingsley Dam Resort located at the edge of Lake McConaughy, which was formed when the North Platte River was dammed back in the 1930’s. When the dam was being built, construction workers lived in cabins very similar to the ones you can rent today. The resort is perfect for avid anglers who come here to enjoy excellent fishing opportunities. Those who are not into fishing can visit nearby beaches at Martin Bay and Arthur Bay to soak up some sun or swim. Today’s cabins are a little more inviting than those of yesteryear and all provide comfortable beds, air conditioners, TV and basic cooking facilities.

1510 Hwy 65 N, Ogallala, NE 69153, 308 284 2775

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