a traveler from Travelocity.com
on March 7, 2011
My family really enjoyed this hotel. The funny thing is that we have driven by it several times over the years and didn't realize it is actually a place to stay. The hotel takes up a whole block in downtown Omaha, but it is in a historic building so it doesn't look like hotels of today. It was gorgeous! We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the rooms and hallways, looking at the unique architectural details today's buildings often lack.
Every person we met was friendly and helpful. The milk and cookie bar before bed was a great touch and the cookies were fantastic. Our room was clean, spacious, and comfortable. We loved the bathroom, but its sliding door wasn't very private, especially with sound. There were several other people staying on our floor, but we never heard anyone out in the halls. Everyone was quiet and respectful of other guests.
In the morning, I used the exercise facility in the basement and was very pleased with their equipment. It is a larger facility than most hotels I visit and everything worked.
The breakfast was pretty good. They offered pancakes, eggs, and oatmeal in warmers, fresh fruit, breads and rolls. We missed having a breakfast meat such as bacon or sausage. They offered several drinks such as milk, juices, and coffee. It was all set up in the hotel's bar so there was plenty of seating and a fun street view out the windows.
If you stay here, you need to know that it is not in the Old Market area, but is adjacent to the Orpheum. There is a parking garage across the street, but we parked for free on the street a couple of blocks down since it was the weekend. Also, the Magnolia does not have a swimming pool.
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