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The former Blackstone Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, will reopen as the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel in spring 2020. The hotel name plays homage to the Blackstone Hotel’s original Cottonwood Room bar, which featured a cottonwood tree emerging from the center of the expansive circular bar.

The Kimpton-branded hotel will be managed by Pivot Hotels & Resorts, the lifestyle and luxury operating division of Davidson Hotels & Resorts. The hotel is being developed by principals of Clarity Development and GreenSlate Development. Leo A Daly and DLR Group will lead the architecture and interior design process in partnership with Kimpton’s design team, global senior vice president of design Ave Bradley and design director Jennifer Porterfield.

The Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel will feature 205 guestrooms including 15 suites, a signature steakhouse and lounge, a French-inspired cafe, a resort-style swimming pool, solarium, and more than 13,500 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meetings and events spaces, including two ballrooms. The eight-story building, an example of Second Renaissance Revival architecture, was declared an Omaha Landmark in 1983 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Significant historical and design elements of the original hotel will be restored as part of the $75-million renovation.

Photo: Courtesy of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants


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