Hotels in Nebraska That Allow 18-Year-Olds to Check-In

By: Alexander Backus
Updated: January 17, 2024

Nebraska is a big draw for city and nature lovers. Whether your trip includes visiting Chimney Rock, Scotts Bluff National Monument, or Omaha and Lincoln, you’ll need someplace to rest at night.

Finding a hotel as an 18-year-old isn’t as easy as it sounds, so I’ll break down everything you need to know in this guide. 

Hotels in Nebraska with 18+ Check-In


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How Old Do You Have To Be To Rent A Hotel Room in Nebraska?

You only have to be 18 years old to rent a hotel room in Nebraska.

However, hotels can have their own policies, and most set the minimum age requirement to 21. You can find all the 18+ hotels in Nebraska above.


1. Do I need to have an I.D. to check in as an 18-year-old?

You will need an I.D. to check in to a hotel regardless of your age. All hotels should accept your driver’s license or State-issued I.D. for this.

2. Why do I need a credit card to check in as an 18-year-old?

Hotels want to ensure you can pay for everything, whether damage or that pack of gummy bears from the mini-bar. So you need to have a card on file before they give you access to a room.

3. Is it legal for an 18-year-old to check in to a hotel in Nebraska?

It is legal for an 18-year-old to rent a hotel room in Nebraska. However, it doesn’t mean that hotels are legally bound to rent to 18-year-olds, as they can set a higher age requirement. 

4. Why do some hotels in Nebraska have an age requirement of 21? 

The higher age requirement often comes from the higher insurance premiums for hotels that allow guests under 21 to check-in.

Alternatives to Hotels for 18-Year-Olds

If you can’t find a hotel to rent as an 18-year-old or hate all the options, some alternatives are worth checking out.

Youth Hostels

If you’ve never stayed at a youth hostel before, you should check it out. Hostels are so much cheaper than hotels and are usually full of interesting people. So even if you’re traveling alone, you can generally find someone to eat with and maybe even check out the sites with. 

Hostels are usually easier to find in or around big cities and close to the best attractions. However, you’ll most likely sleep in a bunk bed in a dorm-style room, so it’s the best choice for fun and budget but not for privacy. 


With Airbnb, you can rent a temporary home with all the character, coziness, and privacy a hotel won’t have. There are restrictions for booking Airbnb’s locally if you’re under 25, but not if you’re staying out of your area. 


For the true adventurer or group of adventurers, consider renting a campervan, which would be an excellent way to check out all the nature that Nebraska offers.