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Omaha, Somewhere in Middle America, Marcus Jordan Got Arrested at an Embassy Suites

July 2, 2012 at 3:07 PM | by | ()

We're used to celebs behaving badly at hotels but now there's a whole new category of celebs to watch out for at check-in--celebrity kids!

Like Marcus Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan, who was arrested in Omaha at an Embassy Suites Hotel for a three pointer of charges--resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing justice.

Apparently, Marcus was in Omaha to watch a friend at the U.S. Olympics Swimming Trials but instead got into a fight with two women in the driveway of the hotel early on Sunday morning. (We doubt it had anything to do with the hotel itself although their lack of free WiFi is irksome.) In case you forgot, this is the same son who spent nearly $50,000 partying in Vegas two summers ago.

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All Eyes Will Be On The Hilton in Omaha This Weekend

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  Site Where: 1001 Cass Street [map], Omaha, NE, United States, 68102
May 4, 2012 at 5:20 PM | by | ()

You'd never think it but the the Hilton Omaha. is going to be bumpin' this weekend, thanks to Buffettchella aka the annual shareholders conference for Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Fox Business's Liz Claman (@LizClaman) dished out her tips on what to do in Omaha for our brother site, Jaunted and in it she gave a shout-out to the Omaha Hilton for their service. She said:

We stay and broadcast from Hilton It is right across from the (Qwest) convention center where the meetings are taking place and centrally located downtown near all of my favorite restaurants. It is actually my favorite hotel of any place I have ever stayed. Who would have known? Once a year shareholders, business leaders, and the media descend upon this tiny city once and they handle it incredibly well.

Liz doesn't even leave the hotel for a java jolt as the hotel brews Starbucks coffee in the lobby. (We just hope the hotel waives their WiFi charge for her.)

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Element to Debut in Omaha on November 4

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  Site Where: 3253 Dodge Street [map], Omaha, NE, United States, 68131
October 22, 2010 at 4:30 PM | by | ()

While we're a little bit bummed that the Element Times Square won't be opening until December, we've got something that will hold us over in the meantime--Element Omaha (sing it now, "Somewhere in middle America, get right to the heart of matters...") which will open on November 4.

Built green from the ground up, the property will pursue LEED certification and offer sustainable practices and eco chic amenities. Each of Element’s 132 guest rooms has a fully-equipped kitchenette and guests will have access to the complimentary healthy Rise breakfast each morning, Motion, the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center and complimentary bikes to borrow.

Element Omaha, in the city's Midtown district, will actually be the first Element hotel in the Midwest and if you're in the area, we highly recommend you try it out. We spent four days at the Element Las Vegas last year and it still ranks as one of our top hotel stays.

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You Tell Us: Where Was Screech Mugged?

August 10, 2006 at 2:24 PM | by | ()

If you hadn't heard, Dustin Diamond aka Screech from "Saved by the Bell" was mugged the other day in a west Omaha hotel.

Diamond said the woman grabbed some video games, and he held her against the hotel room door until police arrived.

Deeming it a case of "He Said, She Said", Omaha police no charges have been filed. Blah, blah, blah. What we really care about is where do former child stars with trouble making their mortgage payments stay when they are on the road touring with an 18-and-older standup comedy show?

Even though Dustin detailed the incident on a Tampa radio show, he didn't say where he was staying. Nor did any other news reports we came across. (They would only say a hotel in west Omaha.)

Perhaps Dustin was staying in a low-budget motel? When we looked at TripAdvisor for some west Omaha hotels, all we found were a Holiday Inn, a Hilton Garden Inn, a Comfort Suites, a Clarion and a couple of Super 8s.

So if you are a Dustin Diamond fan and have been following him on his "tour", let us know where he stayed. Otherwise, comment below on which type of motel you think would Screech prefer.

Related Stories:
· Dustin Diamond, aka Screech on 'Saved by the Bell,' gets into a fight [USA Today]
· West Omaha hotels [TripAdvisor]


Hotel Art Bandit

March 29, 2006 at 4:35 PM | by | ()

The Onion "reports" that a petty art thief, whose calling card identifies him as "the bland fox", struck at an Omaha Radisson Inn where he made off with a painting of a sailboat valued around $35.

While this story has yet to receive international news attention, we feel that it is only a matter of time before the contraband winds up at a Norway Hotel.

Related Stories:
·  International Petty Art Thief Steals Hotel-Room Painting [The Onion]
·  Munch Artwork Stolen then Recovered from Norway Hotel [HotelChatter]


Nebraska Sleep Inn Rejects Pets

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  Site Where: 1716 N. Diers [map], Grand Island, NE, United States, 68803
April 19, 2005 at 8:58 AM | by | ()

[Editor's Note: switchcoast is back with a couple more tales from his cross country venture. Apparently, Choice Hotels claimed to be pet friendly, and they were, until a Nebraska hotel got involved.]

We ran into our first glitch with Rylee (our bulldog). In two trips across the country we have been fortunate enough not to have any hotel/pet issues. That streak has come to an end thanks to the "Sleep Inn" in Grand Island.

As with all my "Choice Hotel" reservations, I reserved the room on their corporate website. Prior to this trip, I signed up to become a benefits member. When I searched for rooms, I always checked off that I needed a hotel that allows pets. I also typed in the comments field of the reservation that I would be traveling with a small dog. Today when I arrived at the Sleep Inn I was told that they do not allow pets. I explained my situation and the staff did not seem to care, nor did they suggest any alternatives.

We ended up at a place called "USA Inns of America". This is a basic motel, nice and clean. I called Choice Hotels to inform them of my situation. I can't say that I think they cared. I would say that their customer service is like the quality of their hotels, 2.5 stars at best. The rep on the phone said that he has heard of issues like mine before and that he would make some suggestion to management. What slayed me was that even though I told him that I was a member, he never asked for my member number. I guess Choice Privileges don't mean much.

Lesson learned here is to always call the hotels directly to confirm they accept pets.