Opened November 2020, The Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel in Omaha, Nebraska is the latest Kimpton property braving the pandemic (with proper safety protocol) and making headlines as one of the most anticipated openings for 2021.
The Kimpton Cottonwood, a $75 million reinvention of the iconic 1915 celebrity hotspot Blackstone Hotel, offers 205 rooms and suites, five food & beverage concepts, a resort-style swimming pool and expansive pool club, and rooftop terraces boasting stellar views of downtown.
The boutique hotel housed within an Omaha Landmark, was a milestone opening and anchor for the city’s burgeoning Blackstone District, Omaha’s neighborhood for art, entertainment, eclectic shops, restaurants and bars housed in revitalized 1880s buildings and it’s dubbed “the Omaha of the future” by Food & Wine.
Omaha, ranked No. 34 in Travel + Leisure’s 50 Best Places To Travel in 2021, is Warren Buffet’s hometown, offering wide open spaces for social distancing and known for great steakhouses and inventing the Reuben sandwich.
Here are 5 more reasons to book a stay at The Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel.
- Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel’s design is breathtaking.
Declared an Omaha Landmark in 1983 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, global design teams LEO A DALY and DLR Group worked in concert to preserve the integrity and spirit of the Blackstone Hotel.
The teams maintained original design features such as hand-carved terra cotta columns as seen in historic photographs from John & Jackie Kennedy’s 5th wedding anniversary, a dramatic marble staircase, original tile and hardwood flooring, 800+ windows and the grand ballroom with vaulted ceilings where Richard Nixon announced his presidential run in 1967.
2. You’ll find some of Omaha’s best new restaurants here.
The hotel features five food and beverage concepts helmed by Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf, each drawing from the property’s historical influences. The venues feature nods the original restaurants and include uniquely Omaha partners from the Blackstone District on menus like Scriptown Brewery, Coneflower Creamery Ice Cream Parlor & Archetype Coffee as well as reminiscent throwbacks like Butter Brickle Ice Cream and the Reuben Sandwich which originated at the hotel.
3. Great location, stellar views.
Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel, managed by Pivot Hotels & Resorts, foundational to the renaissance of the Blackstone District, Omaha’s coolest and growing hip neighborhood. The hotel features one of the only rooftops in the neighborhood and offers stellar views of Downtown Omaha.
4. History fans will appreciate The Cottonwood’s roots.
Historically, The Blackstone Hotel had a storied history and was a fixture within the Blackstone District. In its heyday, the hotel became a symbol of elegance and the crown jewel of Omaha. The hotel was not only a destination for the biggest celebrities and dignitaries such as Bob Hope, Jimmy Stewart, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt, but was also the epicenter of the city’s social scene.
5. You can expect amazing art
The hotel features a 70+ piece art collection, curated by local artist and activist Watie White and produced entirely by Nebraskan artists. The collection “tells the autobiography of Omaha,” in the words of art curator, Watie White and the hotel is a platform for local artists to showcase their work to a national audience.
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