I usually do not like staying at hotels very much, but this one was very nice. Especially considering we found it in the middle of Nebraska. Everyone LOVED the waterslides in the indoor waterpark. It also had a gym and many restaurants in the area. We went to a great steakhouse.
Indoor water park
Sometimes a hotel is nice. But when given a choice, and especially when the weather is beautiful, it's a mystery to me why more travelers don't take advantage of free campsites like this one. You would pay a small fortune for a resort room with a view like this. And what a glorious feeling it was to look up at a billion stars at night through the open flap of my tent and to hear the crickets chirping and the gentle lapping of the waves just a few feet away.
Sherman Lake has a water surface area of 2,845 acres, and is adjoined by 1,541 acres of recreational land. There are 360 primitive campsites, picnic tables, picnic shelters and vault toilets. I am told there are also coin operated shower facilities in the Recreation Area but I was unable to find them at this particular site. A bonus is that you may meet other campers and travelers. Like the family I met here, they are almost always interesting people.
$88 in August 2013. The lodge had no refrigerator or microwave possibly because they have a restaurant and a bar. Decent TV but no HBO. Phone was unplugged and then I discovered it did not work anyway (you couldn't hear anything). Nice sized room. Pretty nice place. Lots to do at the park.
$24 (with water and sewage) as of August 2013. I did not sleep here but my sister, her husband, and my nephew did and I visited them at the site. The campground was fine for their big rig and was very pleasant. A family of Turky walked by twice a day. There was a small firepit and a picnic table at each site, and a laundry/shower facility within easy walking distance.
My niece, her husband and their four kids stayed in a cabin at Mahoney State Park. I stopped by and it looked pretty nice. The cabin did not have enough eating utensils or towels for 6 but when she contacted the lodge the problem was solved fairly quickly. They enjoyed the visit and the cabins. Not sure what they paid.
Lake Minatore State Park, Bridgeport State Recreational Area
The only places that I remember staying in Nebraska are these two campgrounds. Lake Minatore is near Scottsbluff, and I remember it as the better campground. I did little more than pull into a spot after dark and leave early the next morning, but the lake seemed fairly pretty. Bridgeport State Recreation Area was pretty rough as I remember it. Again, I was just looking for a place to sleep as I drove home, but I wasn't impressed. On the positive side, I remember taking a little walk along the lake on the morning after spending the night there, and the fog over the water was pretty.
I saw these places in '93, so they may have improved dramatically. On the other hand, I would check carefully before planning to stay there for more than a night in passing.
there is a house with three bed rooms at Walthill in the UmonHon Indian Reservation whose owners would like to invite world travellers to come and stay there during their travels. In the month of August is the UmonHon Indian Pow Wow, and it is a joy to witness the ancient dances
Hotels are to be found in South Sioux City, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa about 35 miles away from the reservation. Daily rates at these hotels range from 35 to 70 dollars per day.
The Magnolia Hotel in the downtown Omaha has just been newly renovated and made to look modern. The rooms are nice, the hotel staff is nice and the presentation was very good. My only complaint is that the hotel is right next door to a Fire Station, so at 3 a.m. when the firemen wake up to save the day, you're waking up with them. Also, as I understood it from the locals, the neighborhood is not that great. There is a Greyhound bus depot right behind the hotel, so you have lots of drifters walking around, I didn't have any troubles, but was advised not to walk alone at night.
Historical Building, very nice decor inside, very modern, located near the Old Market.
Somewhere on the interstate going straight throught this state I had to pull over and get some sleep. I got screwed BIG TIME by the lady at the desk running the hotel. My advice? Skip this state. Go to Michigan instead to admire the forestry and campgrounds or Russia to smile about the strange poopers! Heh heh.
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High prices available ONLY in 8 hour blocks of time.
Super 8's are usually budget motels. This facility had the normal budget type of ammenities but was way overpriced. When I asked why it was so expensive the manager rudely said, "because this is a resort". Okay I expect a certain level of service and facilities at a "resort". This did not make it. Resort prices with budget accomodations. $83 as of June 2011. Try somewhere else.
$61 in August 2013. This motel had a few extras like a small refrigerator and a microwave; and it was a large room with two queen beds and a futon. Doesn't look that great from the outside but looks better on the outside; a good deal for the money.
$73 in August 2013. This motel had a few extras like a small refrigerator and a microwave; and it was a nice room. People seemed nice too.
Convenient to Interstate 80.
$83 in August 2013. This motel had a few extras like a small refrigerator and a microwave; and it was a nice room. The girl at the front desk was very nice, friendly, and professional. Best breakfast I have had so far on this trip. Formerly a Holiday Inn Express.
$87 in August 2013. This motel had no extras: No small refrigerator no microwave; and it was a kinda average room. The worst thing though was the guy at the desk. At one point there was a little old lady with a cane struggling to open the door and he was too busy watching a basketball game to bother moving 6 feet to open it for her. I quickly walked over and opened it for her. Overpriced and understaffed and furnished.
$64 in August 2013. This motel had a few extras, like a small refrigerator, a microwave, and a nice TV with HBO.Nice sized room too. The girl at the front desk was friendly and professional. Very good breakfast included. Is in the process of being affiliated with Ramada. The hotel also had a restaurant and a lounge on site. Good deal for the money.
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