Very pleasant service at this Country Inn, including a shuttle bus driver who seemed positively disappointed that he couldn't take me anywhere. Facilities comfortable, clean, what you would expect from one of the more upscale motel chains. But there's an extra, which I gather some chains are now featuring: in addition to free breakfast, there's the free "manager's special" from 5 to 7 p.m. in the same area off the lobby, with free beer, free wine, free munchies. (It's not quite free dinner, but some people might be able to manage with it.)
The surprising thing about this motel is its location. It's not precisely in Council Bliuffs, which is what I originally was looking for when I hunted up somewhere to stay in this area. It's in nearby Carter Lake, Iowa. However, thanks to a quirk in the geography (the state line wiggles one way while the Missouri River wiggles the other way) , you can't get to this place without going through a corner of Nebraska. Unfortunately, the corner in question is downtown Omaha. (But the driving there wasn't as bad as I had feared.) There are apparently several other chain hotels in Carter Lake. This one stands some distance from any of the others, its nearest neighbours being an abandoned drive-in restaurant and a recently refurbished "gentlemen's club".
I found the room rate very high, probably reflecting the hotel's closeness to the big city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you're doing business in Omaha, visiting loved ones or trying your luck at the area's famous casinos, you can't beat the comfort and convenience offered at the Country Inn & Suites By Radisson, Council Bluffs, IA. The hotel's central location puts you just minutes from Eppley Airfield in Omaha, and the Harrah's and Ameristar casinos are only a short drive away. As an added bonus, the Horseshoe Casino is just across the street from the hotel, making it easy for you to enjoy the region's best games. At the hotel, you can take advantage of numerous amenities and services, including free high-speed Internet access, a heated indoor pool and whirlpool tub, and a complimentary, hot Be Our Guest Breakfast buffet each morning. ... more less
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