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Now Open20 November 2020

Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel

Kimpton’s First Hotel In Nebraska Brings Fresh Approach To Modern Hospitality With A Hearty Dose Of Midwestern Charm

Now open – 205 Rooms

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Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel, a $75 million reinvention of the iconic 1915 Blackstone Hotel, opens tomorrow, November 20, in Omaha, Nebraska. The highly anticipated 205-room property is the brand's first hotel in Nebraska and serves as a key development in the renaissance of the city's Blackstone District. The hotel was meticulously restored and renovated by leading global design firms LEO A DALY and DLR Group, and offers five food and beverage concepts,13,500 square feet of meetings and event space, including two grand ballrooms, aseasonal resort-style swimming pool andPool Club, a solariumand a rooftop terrace with views of downtown Omaha.

Managed by hospitality company Pivot Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel delivers a personalized, social travel experience with top-tier service, local influences, gracious hospitality and thoughtful amenities such as Kimpton's "Forgot it? We Got it!" travel essentials.


The property was declared an Omaha Landmark in 1983 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, and the design teams worked in concert to preserve the integrity and spirit of the original 1915 Blackstone Hotel. Hand-carved terra cotta columns, a marble staircase, original tile and hardwood flooring, and all of the hotel's 800-plus windows have been meticulously restored and are juxtaposed with contemporary furnishings and amenities. The property's guest rooms, including 31 suites, are inspired by the calm and reflective lawns of the original Blackstone property, with serene finishes, a warm color palette and classic European Revival details. The rooftop terraces and historic Schimmel ballroom with vaulted ceilings are optimal for larger social and business events, while a variety of more intimate spaces, including the 300-square-foot Fitzpatrick Boardroom, are ideal for smaller gatherings.

The hotel's 50+ piece art collection, produced entirely by Nebraskan artists, offers "a certain autobiography of Omaha" in the words of community artist and hotel curator, Watie White. One of the five property-specific commissions is by Omaha-born fiber and textile artist, Celeste Butler, who created a dynamic quilt display that incorporates materials from the original Blackstone Hotel, including a rusted shower drain and cottonwood leaves.


Helmed by Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf, Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel features five food and beverage concepts, each drawing from the property's historical influences. The French-inspired Orleans Room - once lauded as one of Omaha's premier restaurants - returns with sophisticated all-day dining, exclusive sips such as the Cottonwood Pilsner by Scriptown Brewery, and its own unique spin on the legendary Reuben sandwich, introduced at the original Blackstone Hotel. Petit Orleans,
a café complement, serves freshly-made bites and local refreshments like the small-batch Cottonwood blend by Archetype Coffee.

The Committee Chophouse reestablishes classic dining in Omaha with playful nods to the historic Blackstone Hotel. Guests will enjoy intimate moments in cozy banquettes or share vibrant experiences in the private dining rooms. Menu highlights include chateaubriand carved tableside, oysters Rockefeller and prime beef tartare. The Cottonwood Room, a contemporary reinterpretation of the original speakeasy, features a circular bar and an eye-catching faux cottonwood tree sprouting from the center. The Pool Club offers seasonal food and drink and is adaptively programmed to create a dynamic, year-round social experience.

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San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States.
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Davidson Hospitality Group is an award-winning, full-service hospitality management company comprised of 61 existing hotels and resorts; more than 150 restaurants, bars and lounges; and nearly 1.5 million square feet of meeting space across the United States.
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