Omaha/Downtown - Courtyard by Marriott 2.5*

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Omaha/Downtown - Courtyard by Marriott 2.5*

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02 Jun 2003, 03:10 #1

Omaha Marriott Courtyard Downtown Review: Hotel opened 1999 two blocks north of Omaha's Old Market area of shops and restaurants. Old brick warehouse was gutted and rebuilt into present hotel. Lovely marble tiled lobby, entire hotel very clean, friendly staff. We had a king bed with desk, sofa sleeper, balcony overlooking Old Market area. Bathroom vanity was small, toilet and tub-shower in separate room. Ironing board, hair-dryer, ice-machine just down the hall. Furnishings and carpet like new. Good mattress, satisfactory air conditioner. Free Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Breakfast buffet available for about $9. Location is two blocks from some of Omaha's best dining. Free parking. This is a nice hotel. Probably deserves to be rated above the downtown Doubletree, which is rated 3* on priceline and is not as good location as Marriott. I highly recommend this hotel.
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08 Oct 2003, 17:31 #2

We stayed here October 3rd and 4th 2003, and had a likewise pleasant experience. We got the bid for $50.00/night ++, and the location was well worth that. We stayed on the top 10th floor, and though we didn’t have a balcony, we had a nice view of the brand new Qwest Convention center, just opened. This property is one block south of the new convention center, and three blocks north of the Old Market District. This building really isn’t 10 floors tall, but rather about six. When they remodeled the warehouses, the floors didn’t match up, so there’s a floor about every ½ level.

We had a non-smoking room, with a California King sized bed. The room also had a desk and loveseat. There was ample closet space and hangers. The shower/toilet was in a separate room from the sink/vanity, which is nice when there is two of you. The room and hallways were kept very clean.

We did not eat any meals in the hotel, so I can’t comment on that. There was complementary coffee in the lobby, but no rolls or anything. There was a four-cup coffeemaker in the room. We felt the bed was a little soft. The staff was very friendly, and it did not seem crowded, even though the front desk attendant mentioned that they were completely booked up (Cher was playing at the convention center) one night.

The pool and whirlpool are located in the basement. The pool looks like it’s shaped like a capital E, and probably is larger than it looked. The whirlpool would hold 12 people easily, but we didn’t try either one.

The Old Market District is an easy three block stroll from this hotel. We ate at the Indian Oven restaurant, which was just OK, and we ate at the Das Reinlander German restaurant right on 10th street. What a treat! I would recommend this to anyone wanting a great German dinner with wonderful personal service and unusual beer selections. The Upstream Brewpub is a fun place to relax after shopping also.
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10 Jan 2004, 23:44 #3

Wonderful hotel. Fast friendly check in. The pool and hot tub are wonderful, clean and warm. Room was very clean and didn't have that "hotel odor" if you know what I mean.
I would recommend this place to anyone. Free parking and most spaces are close to the front door.
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06 Feb 2005, 21:39 #4

Stayed here Sat, Feb 5th for a bid of $40.

VERY impressed with this hotel. Room was a nice size and was like the first poster's. This felt like a steal for $53 with taxes, fees, etc. Everything was clean and the location can't be beat. I will definitely be bidding this level/area again next time I need to stay in downtown Omaha. I can't imagine a 3 star being any better or worth more $s.

Breakfast buffet was fairly good ... nothing too special, but good ... was $8.95

If you want to have 2 beds, the hotel charges an extra $10 ... for future reference. With the king bed and sofa pullout we felt comfortable with 3 people.
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11 Oct 2009, 14:47 #5

Just back from 3 nights in downtown Omaha/Old Market area where I split my bid and ended up with a Wed night at the Hilton ($56) , Thurs night at the Courtyard ($52) and Fri night at the Hilton Garden Inn (HGI) ($49). All three hotels are great and I think you'll be happy with any of them. Although the Hilton is at least a 1/2 * and probably a full * highter than the Courtyard and the HGI, the Courtyard was my favorite. Internet: free at Courtyard and HGI, $10+ at Hilton. Parking: free at Courtyard, $9+ at Hilton and HGI. I parked on the street for free at a meter at the HGI and it worked out fine -- had to walk about a block to get to the hotel but if there's a big event at the Qwest Center, it may not be so easy to get street parking. Walk to Old Market: 3 ot 4 minutes from Courtyard and HGI (they are across the street from each other), 8 to 10 mintes from Hilton (I know Hilton and HGI, and I think Courtyard, have shuttles you can call for pick-ups/drop-offs (for the cost of the tip) at airport and Old Market. Room location: b/c of the shape and location of the Courtyard, all the rooms are good, whereas there are some not-so-great views from Hilton and HGI (which, of course, are reserved for Priceline guests). My Courtyard room had a stain in the middle of the carpet (of course, the Priceline room) but the front desk staff was very nice and I think she would have changed me if I'd asked -- didn't b/c my 7th floor view was great, I was tired and the rest of the room was VERY nice. The Courtyard rooms are quite hip with HUGE windows and nice square rooms (so my king bid looked directly out that big window!). All had the same flat-screen TV but the Hilton had the big rich mahogany armoire. Hilton didn't have any more king beds left so I go 2 doubles (good for families), while the Courtyard and the HGI had kings waiting for me. All in all, if you're traveling on an expense account or you don't mind paying extra for interent and parking or you're with a companion, hope you get the Hilton. It's really much more of a 4* hotel. But, if you want a hip room with free and easy parking and internet, hope you get the Courtyard. The HGI is very nice and you will be very happy with it, too. Also, my bid shows how splitting your bid can save you a little money (although at these BiddingForTravel prices -- thank you BiddingForTravel -- it's not a whole lot!). Also, FYI, Old Market was pretty dead on the Wednesday and Thursday nights I was there; I think Friday was a bit more fun. Also, Old Market restaurants are not cheap unless you just want to go to one of the many sports bar and get bar food. I think it's a lot more lively in the summer and after 10 pm. Also, the Courtyard's breakfast buffet looked very good but is now up to $11. AND, if you like specialty margarita's you MUST go to Myth's in Old Market and get your drinks made by bartender Bryan: truly spectacular and NOT to be missed. I've had margarita's all over the world and I've never had them like this and they were only about $8 or $9 (I ended up having 4 different ones and each one was completely different and incredibley delicious)!
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