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“Mi casa es su casa” could have been written for Doug! I feel lucky I was able to stay at his place during my visit to Omaha. He's a very considerate and generous host with many fascinating life stories to share if you feel like chatting. And whenever you just want to be quiet and private, that’s never a problem either.
Amenities: The bedroom & linens were very clean, and the bed is truly comfortable. Doug has a few things stored in the closet but there was still plenty of room for my two suitcases and clothes on hangars. (If you’re traveling as a couple or just need the full closet width, I’m sure Doug wouldn’t mind removing his few things, just give him a little heads up about it before you arrive.) I appreciated having a nightstand with drawers, the bedside lamp, desk & chair, and the quiet, effective ceiling fan. Since the weather was nice I often opened the large bedroom window, making the high-ceiling room even more pleasant and airy. (Light sleepers might want to keep the window closed because of ambient noise.) If you need to do laundry, there's a washer & dryer just down the hall from Doug's apartment (supply your own detergent, of course). The kitchen has the necessary basics and you're welcome to put food in the fridge and cook if you'd like to. Sending snail mail is easy – there’s a USPS slot just inside the building’s east entrance. And speaking of the entrances, note that you can only get to the lobby (where the elevator is located) from the east or west side of the building, not from the doors that face the street. I was confused about this when I first arrived, and was grateful to Doug for so graciously coming downstairs to guide me in.
Local scene: it’s an easy walk to many fun places to shop, eat, party, museum-hop, and sight see. I became especially fond of Hollywood Candy, which not only really has nostalgic candy (Mallo Cups!) but also many vintage/retro vendors, antique-mall style, and fantastic displays. Don't miss the statues in the front window made from vacuum parts, they're pretty amazing and strangely adorable. Try Upstream Brewing Company for socializing, it'(email hidden)ly place with friendly people, great IPA and good food. (It's super close, too.) Freedom Park has very pretty waterfront walking paths, and is even scenic at night.
Just a couple of caveats for the thrifty-minded: 1) the closest grocery (Cubby's) is small but surprisingly well stocked; however it’s also definitely on the pricey side, so plan to do your most significant grocery shopping elsewhere. And 2), all the nearby ATM machines seem to belong to small outfits that charge high fees for cash withdrawals. ATMs for big banks like Chase or Wells Fargo are inconveniently far away for those on foot, so consider bringing more cash than you might normally carry.
Well located with great stuff in walking distance. Doug was a kind and quiet host. He even offered a parking amenity that saved me a lot of time and trouble. Bed was comfortable and clean.
The room was nice and just as pictured. As others have commented there was a hint of tobacco small, perhaps because the apartment is in the old Bull Durham building. The small didn't bother me and I'm sensitive to tobacco.. It was bitter cold in Omaha during my stay but the room was nice and warm. Plan on spending time talking with Doug - a man filled with entertaining and interesting stories.
I liked the location. It's right downtown. The place is sufficient for an overnight stay. But I did not enjoy the fact that the owner smokes inside!
Great play to stay right close to the 'old market' area of Omaha, which is full of great little restaurants, pubs, antique shops, etc. I stayed here instead of the conference hotel and am so glad I did... a beautiful walk along 10th to the Hilton, lovely room, good excuse to check out some shops on the way home.
Douglas is respectful of space and an interesting guy, he made me feel at home right away. He tended to go to bed quite early, 7pm or so, and was open to chatting or not at any point.
If/when you do stay here, check out the museum right across the road (can't remember the name) and Joslyn, the art museum.
Enjoy your time in Omaha!
Doug's loft apartment (brick walls, steel beams, nicely furnished and uncluttered) is convenient, clean and quiet. The private room had a very comfortable bed and lots of closets. I didn't notice any cigarette odor that some of the other reviewers described.
I had a great time exploring the Old Market area and as a 65-year-old woman felt completely safe walking around at night on my own. Doug is a perfect host—gracious, fun to talk with and accommodating. I had an early plane to catch and he had a very welcomed cup of coffee for me at 4:30 a.m! I will happily stay there again if the occasion arises.
Doug's apartment is in a very cool converted warehouse located in a very walkable, convenient part of the city. The room was clean, the bed was comfy, and it was quiet. Doug was very friendly and hospitable, and made us feel welcome. As other reviews mentioned, there was a residual smoke smell, but other than that the room was great. I would stay again!
Doug is a great guy and the location is amazing! Really close to restaurants and bars. It gave us a really good feel of the city. All around great experience!