Hotel at a Glance: Aksarben Suites Omaha
Every room is a suite at Aksarben Suites Omaha (formerly known as DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Omaha). In addition to a new new name, the hotel has onsite eateries and a free shuttle that can take guests anywhere within a 5-mile radius. It’s a comfortable choice for exploring downtown Omaha, whether on foot or on one of the hotel’s loaner bikes.
- Each roomy suite features a full-size refrigerator and microwave, a private balcony, and separate living and dining areas.
- Throw back a cold one at the onsite Canterbury Pub.
- Work out in the fitness center, equipped with free weights and cardio machines.
- Splash around in the indoor pool and relax in the hot tub.
- Nearby attractions: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha Children’s Museum, and TD Ameritrade Park, home of the NCAA College World Series
Omaha, Nebraska: Historic Downtown with Vibrant Arts and Dining Scenes
The largest city in Nebraska, Omaha is located near the Iowa-Nebraska border, on the western shore of the Missouri River. The city has been praised as an affordable place to visit and live; The Huffington Post named Omaha the top “Best Bang for Your Buck” city in 2012. Most of the city’s restaurants and bars are concentrated in the historic Old Market district, a cluster of cobblestone streets and turn-of-the-century buildings located downtown. There’s also a lively cultural scene here, from Broadway shows and jazz concerts at the Orpheum Theater to large-scale sculptures and ceramics courtesy of resident artists at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.
Visitors can learn about the city’s history at The Durham Museum. Housed in Omaha’s former Union Station—a beautiful art-deco building built in 1931—the Smithsonian-affiliated museum is the place to see 1940s storefronts, explore vintage train cars, and drink a strawberry phosphate from the authentic 1931 soda fountain.
Situated 5 miles east of downtown, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge stretches 3,000 feet across the Missouri River, to Iowa. There’s a plaque that indicates the point at which the state lines meet; you can literally have one foot in Nebraska and one in Iowa at the same time. At night, the bridge is illuminated by an array of multicolored lights and offers a dazzling view of the Omaha skyline.