The stunning art deco lobby won’t lose its Gatsby vibe in the 1930s-era Hotel Phillips, but a floor-by-floor renovation of guest rooms is to begin this spring at 106 W. 12th St.
The 217-room hotel in the heart of downtown Kansas City, acquired in October by Arbor Lodging Partners of Chicago, also will get updates to its ground-floor restaurant and coffee shop, its lower-floor cocktail lounge and its meeting spaces.
A New Jersey-based architecture and design firm, KKAD, is undertaking the redesign, which aims to create “comfortable luxury” that “reinvents a historic landmark for the 21st century guest,” according to Kraig Kalashian, KKAD principal.
The hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will stay open during remodeling, which is scheduled to begin in April and be completed by November.
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When renovation is complete, the hotel will become part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, an upscale hotel group. The hotel is being managed by NVN Hotels, an Arbor Lodging affiliate.