Kansas City's Hotel Phillips plans massive overhaul

Arbor Lodging Partners is planning a $20-million renovation to the historic Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo. The overhaul is being undertaken to return the hotel to its 1930s roots, and will touch on the hotel's food & beverage options, amenities and design details.

“We bought this hotel because it reminded us of the grace and elegance of the 1930s, but we also wanted it to match the vibrant and modern sensibility of Kansas City today,” said Sheenal Patel, co-founder and principal of Arbor Lodging Partners. “Everything is getting an update with a nod to adding fun, elegance and refinement to the hotel, with three new exciting restaurant concepts, completely renewed guestrooms, an expanded lobby and new places to gather."

The property is located at the corner of 12th Street and Baltimore Avenue in Kansas City, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The renovation is expected to be completed before the end of 2016, and when it finishes the Hotel Phillips will join Hilton's Curio collection.


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The overhaul will add three new F&B options to the hotel, and a new speakeasy, P.S., will be built n the hotel's lower level. A new coffee bar, Kilo Charlie, will be installed facing the street.

The property's art deco details will be restored, including the bronze and nickel metalwork, walnut paneling, light fixtures and black glass found throughout the hotel. Updated technology will also be included in the overhaul, including new air and heating systems, noise-reducing windows, repairs to the building's facade and an expansion of the hotel lobby.