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“Excellent Location - very nice rooms”
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Graduate Lincoln
Ranked #13 of 61 Hotels in Lincoln
Certificate of Excellence
United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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“Excellent Location - very nice rooms”
Reviewed 27 May 2012

23rd May - Found the hotel quite easily after a long drive from St Louis - the parking garage is quite tight for larger vehicles but we managed to park fine.
Reception staff were efficient and it might have been nice to have had more interest shown in the guest but this naturally is a personal thing. I stay at IHG properties extensively and I am a Platinum Priority Club Ambassador and it would have been nice to have seen this recognised by possibly an upgraded room or reduced parking fees but accept this is up to the hotel.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Valley Falls, Kansas
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

We come to Lincoln often for business and pleasure. This property puts you right downtown by the Hay Market area, close to dining, the University, and other attractions. The people at the front desk are helpful with a smile. There is a manager's reception through the week with free basic beer, house wine, and appetizers. The young lady who is the bartender is great!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2012

I was on the 14th floor. Great view. Watch the evening storms (lightening/thunder/occasional tornado). A grand show. Restaurant/bar on site. Just across the street is the historic Haymarket District - restaurants, bars, shopping. The staff were especially helpful & responsive. All-in-all, a very good experience.

Room Tip: Some rooms look out on another building. Go high or in front.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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tterwilliger, General Manager at Graduate Lincoln, responded to this review, 21 May 2012
Thank you for taking the time to fill out a review. We appreciate your feedback and are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in Lincoln!
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Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

I was at the Holiday Inn, Downtown for a recent business meeting. I received a very reasonable rate which included breakfast every morning and the usual hotel amenities. Breakfast was decent enough. Rooms were clean and quiet - comfortable beds. Service provided by all staff was very friendly and polite. Only downside I found was that the fitness center was a little too small. Over all great experience at a very reasonable rate.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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tterwilliger, General Manager at Graduate Lincoln, responded to this review, 21 May 2012
Thank you for letting us know how your stay went. We value your suggestions and look forward to seeing you the next time you are in Lincoln.
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Nice hotel, nice fitness room. Just pretty unhelpful disengage staff at the front desk. You know the kind of people that look as if they tire just opening their mouths to speak? That would describe them. The rooms are great, location is great and they have a really nice pool and outdoor sun area for those warm summer months.

Rooms are incredibly quiet which is rare these days.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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tterwilliger, General Manager at Graduate Lincoln, responded to this review, 8 May 2012
Thank you for taking the time to complete a review of the hotel. We appreciate your comments. I am sorry your interaction with our guest representatives was not a positive one. We strive for excellent customer service and engaged associates. We will continue to try to better ourselves in that area. Driving a large pick up does present some issues in our garage but if you can park on the main level or the first level down it makes it possible. Just a tip for next time you come see us. Thanks again for the review.
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Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2012

Our family of four stayed here last night amidst thunderstorm and tornado warnings for a little excitement. Actually, when the tornado warning sirens went off all over downtown, they notified every room and asked (but did not force) folks to move down to the basement. It was about 11 pm and most (including us) chose not to go. But they were obviously prepared and equipped to deal with this special challenge of the evening.

The hotel has a great location, placed a block after the freeway into downtown ends and becomes a city street. It's like an interstate to the door of the hotel. If you use their parking ramp plan on an extra $7/day (with in/out privileges). Metered street parking is also available (free after 6 and on Sundays). The area is really nice, with lots of interesting pubs and restaurants and a really cool feel to the area. Someone mentioned the trains nearby. The hotel is just two blocks from the train station and lots of tracks, but I noticed no noise from trains at all, and actually enjoyed seeing trains passing (I'm guessing their speed is regulated to a slow pace downtown). But the rooms still weren't quiet; even where we were on the 9th floor you could hear quite a bit of street noise, police sirens, etc. (and in our special case tornado sirens as well). However, guest noise was well-controlled. The hotel was full, but still very quiet. No wild parties to wake you up here. If you need to be downtown this is a good area. The Embassy Suites about a block away is also a good option in the area.

The hotel was generally well-maintained. Everything was fine, though nothing was really impressive. No real complaints, except that a decent breakfast might be included with the room (no free breakfast of any kind is provided). Rooms felt a little cramped, and a little tired though well-maintained. Door latch did not function very well and door was hard to open from the outside. Everything generally clean. Bathroom in our double double was very small. Lobby was fine, though any sitting/gathering area was very limited. There is a restaurant attached to the hotel which looked alright in passing, though we did not eat there. There are many good and diverse food options nearby, many within walking distance. We didn't have time to use the pool, and I didn't even get a look at it on the second floor. All personnel we interacted with were consistently friendly, professional, and helpful.

Beware the numerous city, county and state taxes in this area. Our special rate $129 room had another $21 of taxes tacked on. This is no fault of this hotel obviously, but something to be aware of when staying in any of the downtown hotels in this area. I'm not sure what the normal charge is for this room, but for the money it was only an average value. They could improve that easily if they would add some value to the room rates (breakfast, etc.) I'd take the Embassy Suites over this in a heartbeat if it was within $20-30 and I was traveling with my whole family. My rating is really more like a 3.5, but I gave them the benefit of the doubt for a 4 versus a 3.

Room Tip: Elevators are quiet, so apart from the extra foot traffic being near them is less of a concern than...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2012

Pros: One of the cleanest rooms I've stayed in. Property shows pride of ownership and is well maintained. Very strong (free) wireless internet and quiet rooms --could not hear noises from neighboring rooms nor trains two blocks away.

Cons: None

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Graduate Lincoln

Property: Graduate Lincoln
Address: 141 N 9th St, Lincoln, NE 68508-1311 (Formerly Holiday Inn Lincoln - Downtown)
Region: United States > Nebraska > Lincoln
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Lincoln
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Graduate Lincoln 3.5*
Number of rooms: 231
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Graduate Lincoln—where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay. Team central for Husker happenings, Graduate Lincoln is just a dash to campus and amid all the historic Haymarket District fun. Here, students, faculty and alum can enjoy a cool and comfortable respite from the everyday. It is elegant enough to host Lincoln’s most beautiful weddings, and a smart choice for corporate meetings, educational events and down home fun. ... more   less 
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Holiday Inn Lincoln - Downtown Hotel Lincoln
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