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A Tradition of Class and Luxury
A tip of the Hat to Hotel Phillips' Past
Even before this address was transformed into an elegant boutique hotel, it had a place in Kansas City's heart. When completed in 1931 (for an astronomical $1.6 million), the 20-story, 450-room hotel was the tallest in the Midwest, and the only commercial structure with a radio receiver in every room. A famous gentleman ran the haberdashery on the ground floor—Harry S. Truman.
Many of the Art Deco details from the 1930s remain today: the elaborate bronze and nickel metalwork, lustrous walnut paneling, stylish light fixtures and black glass on the ceiling that creates the illusion of endless space.
Back then, as now, gazing over the lobby is a gilded 11-foot likeness of the goddess of Dawn, known as the mother of the stars. Plenty of stars have certainly glided past the gleaming marble walls over the decades, from John Barrymore through current-day celebrities such as Tina Turner.
Award Worthy Luxury Accommodations
In 1979 Hotel Phillips was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In 2001, the new owners, Marcus Hotels and Resorts, completed a $28 million renovation to restore its magnificence while adding contemporary conveniences worthy of the AAA Four Diamond Award.
There are now 217 spacious guest rooms including two suites, each smartly decorated with luxurious fabrics and furnishings.
The Best Gets Even Better
The hotel is completing another spectacular update from the design team known for its witty and casually elegant redesign of the popular Hotel Zaza Dallas and Hotel Zaza Houston. The work will retain all the Gatsby-esque glamour while adding a seductive sex appeal as befits Kansas City's favored boutique lodging choice.