Midwest Living Review
The Cornhusker has long been known as Lincoln's premier hotel. The original opened in 1926, was imploded in the 1980s and replaced with a modern version now owned by Marriott. Today, the Cornhusker is a typical business-class hotel on the southern edge of Lincoln's downtown, near the University of Nebraska. The rooms are standard-issue for a business hotel: small desk, armoire under the TV (no flat-panel TV yet), wireless Web access and a typically sized bathroom. The pillows were too soft and squishy, the soft mattresses tended to roll you off the edge if you approach the side, and all the linens ended up in a wad by morning. You pay extra for a fridge or microwave. Services trail those of many other business hotels. When we added a night to our reservation (originally made through Expedia), they couldn't guarantee that we wouldn't have to switch rooms between nights. In the end, we didn't, but why was there a question? Parking in an attached city garage costs about $7/day. There's a restaurant and gift shop/coffee shop in the lobby, but the coffee shop was closed on at least one occasion during its posted hours. The hotel offers no free breakfast to guests. The Cornhusker's focus appears to be on meetings in the attached conference center. Nonconference guests pass through the conference center lobby to reach the parking garage. We had to haul luggage through lines of water-quality researchers. The location offers a convenient walk to the state capitol and downtown businesses in warm weather. It's about a 15-minute walk to the university, which takes you by numerous restaurants, movie theaters and museums. But the blocks immediately around the hotel hold mostly office space. In the end, look into the nearby Embassy Suites before booking at the Cornhusker. The Suites is closer to the university (about 1 block from the stadium) and the rest of downtown, and it offers its famous free breakfast and a more compelling lobby setup.