On a recent trip to the Omaha area, I once again was looking for a place to stay. I checked the weather, and it was supposed be hot the weekend that I was going there, so I decided to look for a hotel that had a swimming pool. After searching around online, I decided to stay at the Econo Lodge Omaha located on J Street.
I had never stayed at an Econo Lodge before, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. For the $56 room charge ($68 after taxes) I ended up with what I thought was a pretty good deal for the price.
This Econo Lodge Hotel is conveniently located very close to the freeway system. It is located only about two blocks off of Interstate 80, which is the main freeway running through Omaha. It is also very close to Interstate 680, which is a section of the freeway that bypasses the metropolitan area of Omaha. I found that it was very easy to find, as I was able to spot the Econo Lodge sign almost immediately after getting off the freeway.
I pulled into the parking lot and found that there was plenty of parking space available. I don't recall seeing any parking spots to accommodate an extra long vehicles. So if you're pulling a trailer or boat, you may have to disconnect it from the vehicle that you are driving so that you are able to park.
Checking in at the Econo Lodge was a breeze. Seeing is that I booked my room online, they already had all of the information that was needed from me. A credit card however was required for any extra charges such as phone calls, or pay-per-view movies that would be added to my bill. It only took a minute or two to complete the check-in process, and I was off to my room.
Upon entering my room, I immediately noticed that it was refreshingly cool. It was pretty hot out that day, in the 90s so I was happy to see that the air conditioning was working just fine. I looked around and noticed that it was quite clean. There's nothing worse than a dirty hotel room, but the cleaning staff here seem to have done a very good job. Besides having a queen sized bed in my room, I also noticed an iron with ironing board, hair dryer, a small refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker with regular and decaf, an average sized TV, an overstuffed chair, a rack with hangers, heating/air conditioning unit, as well as a nice sized desk with a comfortable chair.
The heating/air conditioning unit in my room was actually located fairly high up on the wall. I'm over six-foot tall, and had no problems with it, but I couldn't help but think that a person who is shorter than me might have problems reaching the controls, and may need to stand on a chair to reach them. Other than that though the air conditioning unit kept my room at a very comfortable temperature, and was not overly loud.
From what I could tell on the web site, this Econo Lodge features queen sized beds. The bed in my room had a mattress that seemed to sag a little bit in the middle, and I thought that maybe it was time for it be replaced. It was still comfortable enough though that I got a good nights sleep nonetheless.
My room at the Econo Lodge had a bathroom with a tub/shower, and a sink just outside the bathroom door. I found it to be next to impossible to the actually get a cold glass of water from the sink. Even after running the water for five minutes straight, the water just didn't get cold. The shower that I took in the morning was a little bit of an adventure in itself. There was plenty of water pressure from the shower head, but for some reason I just couldn't get the shower to hold that a steady temperature. The water temperature went back and forth between hot and cold, and I had to keep readjusting it every 15 seconds or so.
This Econo Lodge in Omaha also features an indoor pool, as well as a hot tub. The pool and hot tub are located at one end of the hotel, and are surrounded by some chairs and tables for you to set your things on. The rectangular shaped pool wasn't very large and had a minimum depth of 3 1/2 feet. I'm not exactly sure of the maximum depth, but I think it is only about 5 feet as I was able to easily stand up with my head out of the water. The water temperature seemed to be just fine as well. I didn't use the hot tub at all, but it looked like it would hold about six people. If you need some extra towels, you can just pick some up at the front desk.
The Econo Lodge also features a free breakfast in the morning. The breakfast features things such as make your own waffles, apple/orange juice, donuts, bagels, muffins, milk, and coffee. The breakfast area also has about six tables with chairs for you to sit down and eat. When I went for breakfast these tables were already taken, so I just brought my food back to my room to eat. I thought that the breakfast came in handy for me, as I didn't have to stop somewhere after leaving the hotel to have something to eat.
Pets are allowed at this hotel, but the Econo Lodge charges an extra $10 for your room if you have a pet along with you.
Other things that the hotel has:
Free newspaper, Monday through Friday.
Copy and fax machine.
I noticed that the Econo Lodge is also located in an area with a lot of different dining choices within just a few blocks. I saw a sub shop, steak joint, Italian restaurant, and a couple of family-style restaurants in the immediate area.
Overall, my experience at the Econo Lodge in Omaha was okay. It was better than other low-priced hotels in the area that I have stayed at, and I would probably stay there again.
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