From the outside, the Courtyard LaVista looks like a very inviting place for travelers. The location is outstanding, especially for those on their way to points east or west along Interstate 80 and going to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. However, don't be fooled, because once you get there, you will be mighty disappointed.
The parking lot is totally inadequate. There are two hotels (Embassy Suites is the other) on the same site, plus a convention center, and when the larger crowds come for conventions, the College World Series and University of Nebraska football games, it is going to be difficult to find a good space. There is a small parking lot on the north side of the hotel, but good luck trying to find an entrance on that side. You have to walk inside the lobby and past the desk to find luggage carts, which is unacceptable. There is plenty of room just past the elevators to put the carts.
The check-in process could be better. The staff seems to be a little overwhlemed and unresponsive to the needs of the guest. I'm someone who just wants to get in and get to his room, but those who expect better service will be really put off.
The rooms are nothing remarkable. The first time I stayed here, I was twice placed in rooms which were still being cleaned. The second time, I discovered blood on a lampshade. Gross. And no refrigerators? Give me a break. There is a large cabinet underneath a counter with nothing but a garbage can inside. Looks to me like they have plenty of room for a refrigerator. And by plenty, they can fit a good-sized refrigerator. The TV selection is pitiful, and the TV reception for many channels is poor. When there are thunderstorms--and they are frequent in Omaha--the reception goes out, and of course, since it's Dish Network, it's going to be that much worse. The Internet isn't nearly as fast as it should be. And the room numbering scheme is convoluted. The rooms closest to the elevator are numbered x01 and x02 to the right, but on the left, it starts at x37 and x38. To get to x30, you have to walk all the way down the hall. Who dreamed this up?
NO REFRIGERATOR? GIVE ME A BREAK. That really angered me. I know most of us, me included, need the walk down the hall to the ice machine, but to do it in the middle of the night? What about people who have to refrigerate medication?
Except for the minor league baseball park and an easy drive to Lincoln, it's really not convenient to anything. It's 12 miles to the zoo, about a 30-minute ride to the CWS stadium, arena and airport, and a ways from shopping and dining.
The rates they charge during the CWS and Cornhusker football games are absolutely ridiculous, and made even more preposterous by the lack of amenities in the room. If all you're looking for is a bed to crash and a quick return to I-80 to continue your trip, you could live with it for a night. But other than that, there are far better options.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Courtyard by Marriott Omaha La Vista is conveniently situated off of the Interstate 80, in La Vista South Port development and just 20 minutes from downtown Omaha. We offer easy access to Omaha businesses and attractions as well as proximity to Lincoln, several major universities, many shopping centers and numerous notable companies. For work or pleasure, a stay at our La Vista, Nebraska hotel offers comfort and convenience. Along with our superb location, we provide relaxing and inviting public spaces, The Bistro restaurant for dining and drinks and direct access to the 60,000-square-foot La Vista Conference Center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard Omaha Lavista Hotel Lavista