After two weeks and more than 5,000 votes, we have the readers' choice winner in the second annual Lodging Hospitality Design Awards Poll. The Omni Dallas pulled away late in a close battle with the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago. The Omni received 55% of the vote with 2,911 votes, while the Radisson Blu got 44%
The 1,001-room Omni Dallas was one of the biggest hospitality projects to open in 2011, a $550-million public-private development designed by BOKA Powell, 5G Studio and waldrop+nichols studio. The final result is a massive convention center hotel that reflects the dichotomy of Dallas, its commerce contrasted with glamour and glitz. The project earned LEED Silver certification.