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Explore Downtown Kansas City
By day, our address anchors the central business and convention district. At night, it's the starting point to an array of restaurants, nightclubs and amusement within the eight-block Power and Light District and the Sprint Center, ranked the number three arena in America and sixth in the world for live entertainment.
Located just a block and a half from Bartle Hall, Kansas City's convention center, Hotel Phillips is the perfect choice for convention attendees who want to be close to their meetings within walking distance of all of the entertainment downtown has to offer.
If you're in town on government business, we're no more than eight blocks from City Hall, the Jackson County Courthouse and the Charles Evans Whittaker U.S. Courthouse.
Neighborhoods just a stroll or short drive away.
Kansas City's newest district, The Power and Light District opened in December 2008 and is just steps from our front door. Offering over half a million square feet, the area boasts over 60 bars, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues, there is something for everyone!
Just blocks from Hotel Phillips, the River Market community in Kansas City, Missouri, is not only one of the city's most historic neighborhoods, but also one of the most culturally rich areas. As Kansas City's oldest neighborhood, the River Market is rich with history and culture. Brick streets, historic buildings, and decorative street lamps provide the ambiance of an old city in this thriving neighborhood. On weekends, visit the farmer's market where over 80 local vendors sell fresh veggies, plants and handcrafted items. A bevy of international cuisine can be found seven days a week. You can also visit the Steamboat Arabia Museum; home of the excavated steamboat and it's entire inventory.
Find art galleries, one of a kind restaurants and boutique shops—from funky to elegant—in the famous Crossroads Arts District. Let the sidewalks be your guide as you experience local artisans wares. First Fridays are your chance to experience everything the district has to offer after hours. Live music, a gallery crawl and eclecticism are yours for the evening. Check out our First Friday Package for a great weekend getaway.
Located at 18th and Vine, the 18th & Vine Jazz District is the birthplace of Kansas City Jazz. Visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum or experience a performance at the historic Gem Theater.
Home to Hallmark Cards, Crown Center offers visitors shopping, dining and entertainment options in a city within a city. The Crown Center Shops offer some of Kansas City's most unique shopping. The Coterie Theater, located within the Shops is recognized as one of the countries best theater experiences for families and young people. Many of the city's international heritage festivals have found a home in Crown Center Square.
Before there was a Kansas City, there was a Westport, built along the Santa Fe Trail as an outfitting center for wagon trains heading west. Located just a short three miles south of downtown, today the area is filled with renovated and new buildings housing trendy shops, restaurants, and nightspots. Visit Kelly's Westport Inn, reported to be the oldest standing building in the city for a casual draught or shop at Pryde's Old Westport for hard-to-find gourmet kitchen accessories.
Just a bit further south, the 15-block Country Club Plaza has over 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants. The Plaza is an outdoor museum of romantic Spanish architecture and European art where people live and work every day amid its beauty. It was designed in 1922 as the nation's first suburban shopping district and is kept lively with a year-round calendar of music and special events, including the famous Plaza Lights and the widely recognized Plaza Art Fair. Here's where you'll see how we got our name, "The City of Fountains."
In the 'art of it all.Spend a day (or a week) exploring our world-renowned Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and mesmerizing Bloch Building (named Time Magazine's most anticipated building of the year), and nearby Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The Nelson is internationally recognized for it's encyclopedic collection of over 33,500 objects and is free to everyone, everyday.
Make way for the Kauffman Center for the Performing ArtsYou can practically hear the musicians tuning up from here. Designed by an internationally renowned architect and acousticians, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a visually stunning theatre. Located just five blocks from Hotel Phillips and Home to the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony and the Lyric Opera, the Kauffman will host the world's most exciting performing artists.