A visitor to Omaha gets the best of both old and new with a visit to the Residence Inn Omaha Downtown. The building, built during the depression, used to be the Federal Building, a mainstay office building. The decision was made to re-purpose it with the resurgence of activity in the downtown area. During the renovation, the decision was made to combine the charm of the old floors in the hallways and lobby area while creating modern suites worthy of the Marriott name.
My suite, on a corner, was well configured for sleeping with the bedroom separate from the living area and small but well equipped kitchenette. The bathroom had modern fixtures and the bed was very comfortable. There were two televisions and plenty of outlets for electronics. I had no trouble connecting to the internet with my notepad.
Two things need to be remembered about this facility. First, being an old office building it has lots of windows. Each window has a privacy blind that lets light in but keeps eyes out in addition to a curtain. Second, parking in downtown Omaha is at a premium. For an additional charge the hotel offers valet parking. Taking advantage of that may lessen the travel hassles.
There are a variety of restaurants within a couple of blocks of the hotel. Two main attractions in downtown Omaha, the conference center and the Old Market are each about a half mile walk. It isn't a difficult walk, but it is a walk. Being an old office building, it it close to a number of downtown corporate businesses.
The signature Residence Inn breakfast was good although the oatmeal was on the watery side. Overall, this facility gets two thumbs up.
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