Downtown Digs: Marriott anchors new Omaha hot spot

Providing a modern twist on the traditional town square, the Capitol District—a mixed-use development comprising apartments, retail, office and outdoor entertainment in Omaha, NE—will have a new-build, full-service Marriott hotel as its anchor.

Designed by architecture firm Leo A Daly, the 333-room Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District rises 12 stories high and sports a glass structure that houses hospitality suites, a rooftop swimming pool complete with a bar and entertainment area, a full-service restaurant and bar, a fitness center and more than 17,500 sq. ft. of meeting space. The hotel will open in stages beginning this month. JE Dunn Construction was tapped to build the property, which is managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

“Shamrock Development, led by Mike Moylan, had a vision to revitalize the city’s downtown and provide an entertainment district that connected to other parts of the city, as well as provide a social hub for those attending events at the nearby CenturyLink Center, TD Ameritrade Park and other venues,” said Joe Khairallah, president and COO, Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “We wanted to be a part of the revitalization of one of Nebraska’s largest cities.”

Downtown Omaha’s old warehouse-style buildings with industrial touches, such as exposed brick, wrought iron and seeded glass, help define the revitalized area’s distinctive character and serve as a point of inspiration for the hotel’s design.

“When we first started the concept of the design, we researched the city of Omaha and its Old Market District adjacent to the Marriott location. We wanted to bring that look into the space, and it tied into Marriott’s new look, which is very refined and organic,” said Michelle Holmes, associate, senior interior designer at Leo A Daly. “There is an exposed brick wall in the hotel’s bar, rough-hewn wood in the furniture and seeded glass in the light fixtures. We contrasted the raw materials with slick finishes, polished metal and glass for a look that has clean lines and is more refined and sophisticated. It brought it to another level with that ‘Marriott modern’ aesthetic. Whiskey tones, dark charcoal and creams with pops of oxblood red and amber create a space that speaks to the city of Omaha.”

The hotel’s F&B programming is designed to foster a localized experience as well, with a menu of handcrafted recipes that are regionally inspired.

“The culinary team, led by Susan Terry, is creating a memorable and strategically aligned experience at the Omaha Marriott Downtown. Our new restaurant, Society 1854, reflects the high quality of the dining experience and food, while tapping the heritage of Omaha—and the year it was founded,” said Khairallah. “The bar and lounge, Burdock + Bitters, is named after the two most prominent ingredients in the classic American cocktail, the old fashioned. We are positioning B+B as an authentic destination for guests of the hotel, the Capitol District and downtown Omaha.” HB

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