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About The Kearney Area

Kearney, Nebraska is horizontally centered in Southern Nebraska; North of the Platte River.  It runs along Interstate 80 and is conveniently on path to several prominent nearby cities such as Omaha-Lincoln, Denver, Kansas City, Des Moines, Wichita and Cheyenne.

Originally named Dobytown, and located 2 miles southeast of where the city currently sits, Kearney was named so after the city moved to nearby Fort Kearny in the mid 1850’s.  The second “e” in the city’s name was a common misspelling that carried over into the official name.

The population growth of Kearney emerged out of the westward expansion of the railroad near the end of the Civil War.  In 1905, the Nebraska State Normal School was established.  It would go through two name transformations before becoming a regional campus of the University of Nebraska in 1991.  The University of Nebraska is a top employer of the city along with Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Hotel Services & Amenities

Whether you are flying in from Kearney Regional or Central Nebrask Regional Airports, or traveling along I-80, The La Quinta Inn & Suites Kearney is the perfect place to spend the night.   Our soft pillow top mattresses support a productive sleep; while a 43” flat screen tv with premium television programming helps you to unwind with a little viewing entertainment.  Wifi is available if you need high speed Internet access for your mobile devices.  Set the alarm clock to get you on track if you need an early start. 

In the morning, brew up a fresh cup of coffee or get in a workout at the fitness center to help get you going full speed.  Utilize the hair dryer, Iron, and Ironing board to groom yourself to perfection.  Join us downstairs in the dining room for your complimentary Bright Side Breakfast® - a bar filled with fresh fruits, pastries, hot and cold cereal, coffee, juice, and more.  Visit the business center if you need to print off your itinerary or utilize the desktop pc.  Enjoy our managers receptions, which are held on Monday through Thursdays and meet our staff.  

Attractions Near Kearney

Within walking distance of the hotel, Yanney Park - a great outdoor environment with several attractions all in one place including a splashground, multiple playgrounds, senior activity center, and more!  There are several museums including the Great Platte Archway, Children’s Museum, MONA Art Museum, and Firefighter Museum.

With Good Samaritan Hospital being a major employer in the area, as well as a destination for patients and guests of patients, the La Quinta Inn & Suites Kearney is an ideal lodging option for visitors.  Kearney Regional Medical Center is even closer; just one mile away.