I stayed at this hotel for a week, primarily for its location and good weekly rate. Frankly, I had low expectations, as it is a former Howard Johnson's that was deprived of all its architectural charm during an unfortunate "renovation" several years back (although if you look close, you can still see the space age lobby building hidden under tons of stucco and tacky light fixtures, and the old HoJo Restaurant is rotting away in front, having had an unfortunate spell as a check cashing facility).
But the rooms are still those good, old-fashioned, spacious HoJo rooms (with the second sink removed for some reason) and the beds are the definition of comfortable. They unfortunately removed access to the room balconies/patios (I understand the reason, but screened-in porches/solariums might have been a better idea). The rooms are attractively furnished, but a bit bland (unless you like "apartment white") The whole place is kept squeaky clean, and the free breakfast is a real breakfast - eggs, sausage, etc. The staff is professional and friendly, and there's an indoor pool (another vestige of past glamour). TV lovers will be pleased to note that there is a wide variety of programming, including MSNBC, so one is not stuck with Fox and the missing airliner channel.
Bottom, line, this is a great place to stay, and a real bargain. But please, property owners, think about freeing that lobby building of its 80's accoutrements and bring it back to it's swinging 60's look, and at least keep up the landscaping on the restaurant building (better yet, get a restaurant back in there!). You could have a fun, distinctive property with a "Mad Men" vibe, just seconds from downtown Omaha and the casinos. Properly marketed, that could bring your average rate up.
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