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“Almost Nirvana!”

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Lied Lodge & Conference Center
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Nebraska City
Certificate of Excellence
Lancaster, PA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Almost Nirvana!”
Reviewed June 21, 2007

My husband and I had a great stay at the Lied Lodge. The public areas are beautiful – great lobby with lots of comfy seating areas, cozy library/lounge with friendly bartender, and porch with great views and lots of seating. Staying here was a true delight.

However, the Lied Lodge needs to update its beds, bedding and the thin towels. One night I had to call housekeeping for another sheet because the one put on that day was so rough from pilling that we could not sleep on it! The restaurant meals were delicious and the waitress very friendly. They were short on staff the four days we were there, so service was slow and the waitresses were constantly apologizing.

I would recommend a stay at the Lied Lodge – almost nirvana!

  • Liked — The beauty and serenity of the lobby.
  • Disliked — bedding - thin towels, rough sheets
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
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Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2007

I was at the Lied Lodge 5 days in May for a conference. The facility is beautiful and comfortable. If you like nature at all, you'll love this place.

BUT - if you are considering booking the facility for a conference, meeting or other large group event, be aware that Lied Lodge hasn't figured out how to serve food to big bunches of people. We had around 100.

I didn't try the restaurant, but the food served to us during the conference was questionable. A few things were very good (smoothies for breakfast one morning) and several things were scary (burned chicken-fried steak, brats that were raw in the center, something for breakfast that was completely unrecognizable). Most things were just blah with an emphasis on high-fat, low fiber foods.

There were also very few options for those on restricted diets, either self-imposed or medically necessary. Once the staff was made aware that someone needed a special meal, the chef was very nice about fixing something else, but those who needed an alternative had to ask at every meal.

Essentially - the Lied Lodge would be a great place for a vacation, but I'd be leery about using the "conference center" part of the facility.

  • Liked — Beautiful "tree-hugging" facility
  • Disliked — Large group food service.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled on business
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Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2007

We recently stayed at the Lied Lodge and loved it. We weren't sure what to expect since we knew little about it but what a wonderful surprise. You just never know what hidden jewels you will find in this country. We are from Wisconsin and were passing through the area and decided to stop. We are very glad we did. From the time we walked into the inspiring lobby to the time we had our last fantastic meal we were most satisfied with this lodge. We have stayed at many lodges before and this rates with the best. I have two teenage girls and they loved it. We spent the evening playing board games nearby to the impressive fireplace while sitting in comfortable leather chairs and drinking a wonderful glass of local wine (just my wife and I were drinking the wine). It was a memorable family time together in a memorable location. The staff was very nice, the food was great and the price was totally worth it. We even stayed a little longer the next day and toured the close-by Arbor Day Farm. That was also
well worth the time and memorable. The only complaint I would have is that the beds were a little small. I'm well over 6 foot so it was a lttle tight but that was minor compared to the fun we had with everything else. If you get a chance stop at this wonderful place and take some time to unwind. You will not regret it.

  • Liked — The lobby and the food
  • Disliked — Bed size
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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Kansas City, MO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed March 28, 2007

I wanted very much to like the Lied Lodge. I'm a member of the Arbor Day Society and first heard about the lodge from their newsletter. That said, this is one of the worst hotel experiences I've ever had. The rooms are very small and worn. Our king, orchard view room had a nice view, and that's about the only positive thing I can say. The bedspread had multiple holes in it, the carpet had several stains, and the bathtub drain was broken. On Sunday evening we didn't have any hot water. The rooms also have the worst sound-proofing I've ever experienced. Without the TV or radio playing, we could hear a normal-tone conversation from the room next door. An additional problem we encountered during our two night stay was the unpleasantness of rude guests. Children were running up and down the hallways and stairs, and the fire alarm went off twice within a one hour period on Saturday evening. The front desk placed the fire alarm blame on these children, and they did seem to sort out this particular problem eventually. I know a hotel can't be held completely responsible for behavior of guests, but it was pretty ridiculous.
The only reason the rating earned a second star was that the restaurant is wonderful. We had both a nice breakfast and dinner there. We especially loved our chocolate dessert! The grounds are also nice, but overall, I certainly don't recommend a stay here. We will not be back.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2007

We have stayed at the Lied Conference Center both summer and winter and have loved it each time. We are from the East Coast, but I am a former Nebraskan loyal to my state. Even my non-Nebraska husband loves the Lied Center.
First, learn about the small footprint it places on the planet--the design and operation are ecologically innovative. If you agree to be on the mailing list, you will continue to learn about the importance of planting trees and shrubs to fight environmental pollution and climate change.
But even if you are not interested in the state of the planet--staying at the Lodge is wonderful. If you ask for a top- floor orchard room, you have vaulted ceilings and a view of hazelnut groves, J. Sterling Morton's home and park, and the sunset. The bathroom is tiny, but the room itself is spacious.
Hang out in the lobby--the fireplace roars in the winter. Hang out in the bar--the bar tenders are friendly and accommodating (my husband is allergic to shellfish to they created an appetizer just for him). Hang out in the dining room--the food is good (not NYC gourmet but really good), and the waitress might tell you about her life (we found our waitresses interesting and efficient in their service). Eat the apple-infused oatmeal at breakfast, and enjoy the walks even when the temperature is Nebraska-summer-hot.
Walk to the apple barn, to Morton's beautiful home, and especially through Nebraksa City, heavily treed and overlooking a tamed (by the Army Corps of Engineers) Missouri River.
And send a postcard to your friends on the east or west coast. They will say, "This is in Nebraska???"

  • Liked — Beauty, diversity of experiences in a very small town, location to family
  • Disliked — It's off the beaten path unless you are driving from Kansas City on Interstate 35--it's an easy stop.
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2006

The Lied Lodge & Conference Center, situated about 45 minutes south of Omaha, is an affiliate of the National Arbor Day Foundation and makes for a wonderful weekend getaway. Once there you can visit the Arbor Lodge, the home of J. Sterling Morton (the founder of Arbor Day); the abolishionist John Brown's Cave and Historical Village; play gold at the Arbor Links course (not a golfer so can't comment too much on the course); or just get a fantastic Sunday morning breakfast at the local's place - Johnie's Corner Cafe - on 6th Street & Central. This cafe was consistently busy with locals coming and going all morning. Didn't look much from the outside but the french toast, eggs and bacon were plentiful and dirt cheap. With regards to the hotel, it is built in the Adirondack style with large timbers and stone. Quotes carved in to the wood timbers remind us of our duty to nature's conservation. There is a wonderful patio overlooking the hazelnut trees and apple orchards with relaxed seating - a fantastic place to drink a pint and watch the sunset. Definitely when booking request a room overlooking the orchard side rather than the park view rooms. The restaurant is good if a bit overpriced. The bar is a nice alternative with good food and a library like atmosphere (although a large group was watching a Huskers game while I was there). I would love to see the hotel ditch its plaid bedspreads and instead bring in white, yummy down comforters (or down alternatives for all you allergics) and remove the in-room televisions but that is me just sticking my nose is where it doesn't belong. This hotel is best enjoyed walking the trails, looking for local wildflife, scrumping for apples in the orchard and listening to the jazz trio on Saturday nights.

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Nebraska
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2005

Our party of four just returned from a two night stay at the Lied Lodge. The location is lovely and the farm offers several activities available which should appeal to most ages. We ate four meals at the Lodge's restaurant and enjoyed each.

Overall, we were pleased with the facilities and service, though we would suggest a closer eye on room cleaning, as both rooms we occupied (this time and during our previous stay) still shown evidence of the previous guests (beer bottles hiding beneath the window coverings, lipstick prints on the glasses and used shampoo/soap left in the shower).

While these oversights did not keep us from returning this time and likely will not in the future, we certainly have our 'fingers crossed' that our next stay will reveal an improvement.

(Of note: Though some travel services list as a Lodge amenity room service, we did not see any sign that it was offered at the time of our stay.)

  • Stayed September 2005
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Property: Lied Lodge & Conference Center
Address: 2700 Sylvan Rd, Nebraska City, NE 68410-3381
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Location: United States > Nebraska > Nebraska City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Nebraska City
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Hotel Class:3 star — Lied Lodge & Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 144
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