Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel

Omaha, Nebraska

The century-old Blackstone Hotel is being prepared to once again serve as the “grand dame” of the revitalized Blackstone District in Omaha’s old Gold Coast neighborhood. Known as the premier hotel between Chicago and San Francisco, the hotel offered amenities such as elegant guest rooms, a ballroom, rooftop gardens and award-winning restaurants.

Today, the once declining Blackstone District is again becoming the enviable hotel and home to restaurants, nightlife and young millennial residents. The renovated and restored Blackstone Hotel, now the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel, will complement the vibrant new neighborhood with 205 hotel rooms, a restored top-floor ballroom, a rooftop cocktail lounge, a “speakeasy” lounge and an upscale steakhouse restaurant. A swimming pool and fitness club in a newly constructed west wing will add convention space and additional hotel rooms. Other guest amenities will include valet parking, concierge and poolside food and beverage services.

The top-floor ballroom will be brought back to its original glory, transforming it into an event space capable of accommodating up to 250 people. The ballroom will offer food service, scenic views of Omaha’s skyline and a landscaped rooftop terrace.

LEO A DALY is providing full architectural and engineering design services to GreenSlate Development and Clarity Development Company, transforming the hotel from its current use as commercial office space back to the grandeur of its heyday as “one of the most successful elegant small hotels in the country.” The $75 million project will include restoration of many original elements of the original architecture, including a marble staircase and other classical details. When completed, the project will receive state and National Park Service historic preservation recognition.


GreenSlate Development and Clarity Development Company 

At a glance

150,000 SF hotel renovation and addition

205 guestrooms, including 42 new guestrooms in the annex

New convention space


Restoration of many original architectural elements, including marble staircase and classical details​

Restored top-floor ballroom, rooftop cocktail lounge, speakeasy lounge and upscale steakhouse

Swimming pool and fitness club



Electrical, mechanical, structural and civil engineering