We stayed here for three nights while visiting the zoo. We chose this hotel for the indoor water play area and "kids eat free" program.
The main floor has a Scooter's coffee shop. We enjoyed coffee, smoothies, and mini-melts (like Dippin' Dots ice cream - at $4 a pop) from there. There were many very nice areas to sit in the lobby, however we didn't want the kids to get mini-melt ice cream pebbles on the upholstered seats or carpet, so finding a place to eat them was tricky.
The water play area was a lot of fun for the kids. It was just right for our 7 year olds and 3 year old. The main play feature has several buckets that fill with water for the kids to stand under (or avoid, which seemed to be more fun). It also has different facets the kids can turn on and fill up buckets or spray at each other. It also has a water slide that the bigger kids seemed to enjoy. It has a pool and hot tub as well.
The rooms were nice. Very modern. The bedding on the two king beds was comfortable. We liked the choice of firm and soft pillows on each bed. Housekeeping was very good about making the beds and replacing the many towels used by our family of 5. It would be nice for hotels to make sure to provide extra towels for larger families to begin with though.
The continental breakfast each day consisted of some donuts and pastries, sausage, eggs, gravy, biscuits, assorted breads and spreads for toasting, cereals, yogurt, milk, juices, and oatmeal. The staff during breakfast was very helpful and very friendly. My husband thought sometimes he would have liked to serve himself a little more, though.
The hotel chain has a "kids eat free" policy which we specifically asked about when making our reservation. However, upon arrival we found that the hotel's restaurant wasn't opened yet. Instead, the hotel was using a restaurant next door. We asked if the "kids eat free" policy would be honored, and it was. As it was new, nobody was really familiar with the policy though, and sometimes we got all 3 kids free, sometimes just one. It wasn't a real kid-friendly restaurant though, no crayons or cups with lids, so we had a lot of spills and bored kiddos. Everyone was very friendly, however. The hotel's restaurant will be a pizza place, and hopefully a little more kid-friendly.
The hotel is within walking distance to the Qwest center, Old Market area, and is an easy straight shot to the zoo in the car. It is in an area that is pretty industrial, but is being redeveloped with many hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brand new in 2009, the Holiday Inn Downtown Omaha is the newest full service Holiday Inn with a contemporary styling. Conveniently located off I-480 and minutes from I-29 and I-80, our beautiful 100% non-smoking hotel is within walking distance to the CenturyLink Center, TD Ameritrade Park and Creighton University; and just a short shuttle ride from the historic Old Market and Eppley Airfield. Our modern, sophisticated design offers a plethora of amenities such as the largest standard guestrooms featuring one or two king beds with luxurious bedding, mini refrigerators & microwaves, enhanced bath experience, full service restaurant and bar, room service, and a coffee shop, and 10,000 sqft indoor Water Park (Holiday Bay). Our meeting facilities can accommodate 20 - 200 people with full catering services. Our opportune location, across from the CenturyLink Center, places you minutes from the Durham Western Heritage Museum, Heartland of America Park, Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, Joslyn Art Museum, award winning Henry Doorly Zoo, Rose Theatre, Film Streams, Children's Art Museum it is an easy choice to stay with us. Relax, it's Holiday Inn. ... more less
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