Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Discover the Hotel Phillips Kansas City Curio Collection by Hilton with its sophisticated and meticulously restored Art Deco design.

Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton was constructed amid the great economic calamity that affected most of the world during the 1930s.

In the autumn of 1990, the Phillips House reopened as the Radisson Suite Hotel. Great pains were taken to keep the original Art Deco look intact. The elegance was carried into Walt Bodine’s Steakhouse on the lower level, named for a local personality and connoisseur. The Radisson became the Hotel Phillips in 1998 and was put up for sale as it had again fallen on hard times.

With a passion and track record for restoring once elegant hotels to their original splendor, Milwaukee, Wisconsin based Marcus Hotels and Resorts, a division of the Marcus Corporation, purchased the hotel in May 2000. The hotel was closed in September 2000 and underwent a $20+ million “top to bottom renovation,"" re-opening the hotel in September 2001. It now joins Milwaukee’s famed Pfister Hotel, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa (the former Playboy Club Resort Hotel at Lake Geneva, WI) and Miramonte Resort (the former Erawan Gardens Hotels at Indian Well, CA) as an example of Marcus Hotels and Resorts' commitment to operational excellence and expertise in restoring great hotels.The extensive renovation of the 1931 building into a sophisticated, urban, boutique hotel focused on upholding the design styles of the original Art Deco, Art Nouveau period influences. Folkus Design of Kansas City created the interior transformation that celebrates the past, yet exceeds current expectations for quality hotels.

In July 2001, following an inspection of the renovation, Hotel Phillips was awarded membership in Preferred Hotels & Resorts ®, an international association of top-quality, guest focused luxury hotels. To sustain membership, the property must uphold an exhaustive quality assurance program.

With “high-touch” services for business travelers and meetings, Hotel Phillips again offers personal, top-quality guest experiences based on Marcus Hotels’ “Marcus Magic” philosophy. Marcus Hotels’ service-oriented credo, “People Pleasing People,” is now part of Hotel Phillips' historic heritage as one of Kansas City’s grand hotels. The hotel reopened on September 13, 2001 to great acclaim. We share this history to celebrate the hotel’s collective past and remind ourselves that quality customer service and continued investment of physical upkeep will keep Hotel Phillips providing for the needs of discriminating guests, travelers, and patrons. It is our desire to never see the doors closed again.

  • About the Architecture +
    Painstaking work and a $20 million renovation has preserved the hotel's original Art Deco look. Designed by Boillot and Lauck, the hotel opened in 1931. Interior highlights are the dark walnut panels, lacy wrought iron railings. Local sculptor Jorgen C. Dreyer fashioned the 11 foot high Goddess of Dawn, which overlooks the lobby.
  • Famous Historic Guests +
    Dwight D. Eisenhower stayed at the hotel, and President Truman was known to “drop in” for a visit from time to time. Various senators and governors stayed at the Phillips House, and screen stars such as fictitious cowboy Hopalong Cassidy and stage and movie actor Wallace Berry were overnight guests as well.

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