Omaha visitors now have yet another option when it comes to downtown lodging.
Nebraska’s first Hyatt, a Hyatt Place, is ready for reservations. The 10-story, 159-room hotel at 12th and Jackson Streets in Omaha’s Old Market held a grand opening ceremony Thursday evening attended by Gov. Dave Heineman and Omaha Chamber and city officials.
“All of this demonstrates and just shows that the city of Omaha the state of Nebraska are on the move,” Heineman said.
Other Old Market business owners were included in the ribbon cutting ceremony to show the hotel’s appreciation for its neighbors.
“The greatest aspect of the hotel is where we’re located and our neighbors,” said Adam Duggins, the hotel’s director of sales.
The select-service hotel officially opened Nov. 1, ahead of schedule. Earlier estimates were for a 2014 opening.
The hotel, which targets “multi-tasking” business travelers, features an indoor swimming pool; a fitness center; complimentary transportation within five miles; covered, onsite parking; free Wi-Fi throughout; a 1,600-square-foot meeting space; a coffee and cocktail bar and a Gallery Menu and Market, offering made-to-order entrees and appetizers around the clock. Each room features a 42-inch flat screen TV and a corner sectional with a pull-out bed.
About 35 employees were hired to staff the 260,000-square-foot property. A Hyatt Place is also under construction in downtown Lincoln and scheduled to open early next year.