Some of the best lodging in Hastings Nebraska just might be in one of the charming bed and breakfast inns that dot the region. One of the most fascinating is Cather's Retreat, located in the historic community of Red Cloud about ten miles south of town. The town was named for the great Lakota Sioux chief whose people resided here when the family of the beloved American author, Willa Cather, settled in the area. This is a lovely Queen Anne Victorian home easily accessible to Hastings and the historic sites of Red Cloud. Like most bed and breakfast inns, history comes alive here. With only a few rooms furnished in antiques, bed and breakfast inns provide a more intimate atmosphere than regular Hastings Nebraska hotels and allow more authentic interactions with the local people. At Cather's Retreat, you can actually stay in the author's attic room, and view the landmarks that appear in her books.
Other unique lodging in Hastings Nebraska are resorts that cater to the visitors who come for the important sports of hunting and fishing. These are rustic, but very comfortable, hunting and fishing lodges. Most of these provide professional guides, dogs, and transportation, in addition to accommodations and meals. Numerous camping areas also provide good alternatives to Hastings Nebraska motels and within an even lower price range.
In addition to primitive campsites, where you may find the best dining is around your own campfire, there are campgrounds with water, sewer, and electric hook ups for motor homes and recreational vehicles. You may find this is the most attractive lodging in Hastings Nebraska if you are a lover of the great outdoors and on a budget.
There are numerous Hastings Nebraska motels available. The town is located just a few miles south of the major east-west highway, Interstate 80. It is located directly on historic Route 6 that stretches all the way across the country through fourteen states from Massachusetts to California. Hastings Nebraska motels dot the roadsides and byways along Route 6, and virtually every highway 80 exit has at least one. These are convenient, since most visitors are driving their own vehicles or have taken advantage of car rentals.
Most Hastings Nebraska hotels are part of nationwide franchise chains, such as Comfort Inn, Best Western, and Holiday Inn Express. These are generally of the standard and quality you expect of name brands like these, generally with a swimming pool, complimentary Continental breakfast, ample parking, and usually a microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. What is most appealing about these properties is the predictability of service standard and convenience of a location that is easily accessible to the region's many attractions.
Because the town has become more popular as a conference area, and because there are so many events in the town throughout the year, you will find that some of these Hastings Nebraska hotels do have significant amounts of meeting space available for groups and reunions. Additionally, some do have bonus facilities, such as fitness and business centers, bars and cocktails lounges, restaurants, and laundry services (as opposed to coin-operated laundry machines).