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Downtown, Old Market See Hotel Growth

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Downtown, Old Market See Hotel Growth

By Jake Wasikowski. CREATED Dec 12, 2013

Omaha, NE -- Since October, more than 300 hotel rooms have opened up for visitors to the Old Market and Downtown Omaha.

Thursday, the Hyatt Place at 12th & Jackson St. held their grand opening.  The 159-room hotel is located at a spot that has struggled to be developed for years.  It's the first Hyatt hotel ever built in Nebraska.  The general manager says they wanted to be here because of the location and the growing need for good lodging options.

"There's plenty of room for more growth down here, the more hotels we have down here itself the bigger conventions we can get at the Centurylink Center.  Just use all the different venues we have in the area, and the more places people can stay the better it is for all of us," said John Tysdal, the General Manager of the Hyatt Place Omaha.

The Residence Inn by Marriott opened in the old federal building in early October.  Developers renovated the building located at 15th & Dodge St. into 152 hotel rooms.  Officials say the demand is growing in Omaha's hospitality industry.

"You have people supporting our shops, bars, restaurants, art galleries, everything there is to do down here.  Success breeds success, so we'll anticipate that as we bring more and more people down here," said Joe Gudenrath, the Executive Director of the Omaha Downtown Improvement District.

Hyatt Place hopes to grab the convention center crowd and visitors who normally tour the Old Market and downtown, but they also they can cater to a growing number of “staycationers” who want to enjoy their own city.