MUSE Design Program Recognizes DLR Group and Kimpton Cottonwood for Interior Design

The MUSE Design Program has selected DLR Group, the design firm for the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel ( in Omaha, as the recipient of one Platinum Award (Renovation) and three Gold Awards (Hotels & Resorts, Historic Restoration, and Hospitality) in the Interior Design category. The MUSE Design Program, created by the International Awards Associate (IAA), established the MUSE Design Awards to honor excellence in design.

Restored, renovated, and reimagined, the Kimpton Cottonwood resonates with a reverent respect for the former Blackstone Hotel’s historic legacy in Omaha. The hotel was built in 1915 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The project entailed historic renovation and 46,000 square feet of new construction to deliver an experiential luxury hotel with 205 guestrooms, two restaurants, three lounges, two ballrooms offering private outdoor terraces, an expansive fitness center, and a resort style (seasonal) outdoor pool and pool club.

DLR Group provided interior design services and partnered with architect Leo A Daly for the completion of the Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel project. The design goal was not recreation, but instead a celebration of the spirit and heritage of the original Blackstone Hotel. The fact that it is one of the first Kimpton franchise properties led to a blending of old and new. The design maintains the original tile and hardwood flooring and includes meticulously restored design details such as the marble staircase, translucent photo mural of the Missouri River, and eighth floor ballroom with sweeping views of the city. Book a room to see the elegance with your own eyes by going to