Hilton Worldwide Welcomes Hotel Phillips to the Curio Collection

The historic Kansas City Hotel will join Hilton Worldwide in 2017 upon renovation.

By Anca Gagiuc, Associate Editor

Hotel Phillips, Kansas City
Hotel Phillips, Kansas City

Kansas City, Kan.—Hilton Worldwide recently announced that the iconic Hotel Phillips will join the Curio, a collection by Hilton, in 2017 after extensive renovations. Arbor Lodging Partners became the owner in October 2015 and has overseen the major revitalization of the property since.

“Hotel Phillips Kansas City perfectly embodies the meaning of our Curio collection in terms of its independent feel and capturing the spirit of its local surroundings,” said Dianna Vaughan, global head of Curio. “To pair our Hilton HHonors guests, as well as new travelers, with such an iconic yet modern hotel ingrained deeply in its community is exactly what we’re striving for with Curio.”

Hotel Phillips is located in downtown Kansas City, in close proximity to the Power & Light District, the Sprint Center and Kansas City Convention Center. It has been listed on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1979. New Jersey architect & design firm KKAD will bring their “comfortable luxury” signature style while preserving the hotel’s history and honoring the famous art-deco details of its past.

“We aim to deliver a guest experience that takes advantage of all the amenities the hotel’s downtown location has to offer, while also contributing to the revival of the heart of Kansas City,” said Vamsi Bonthala, CEO of Arbor Lodging Partners.

Hotel Phillips, Lobby Staircase
Hotel Phillips, Lobby Staircase

The 217-key hotel is a classic luxury property featuring a marble staircase in the entrance, 11,000 square feet of flexible meeting and events space, and full-service dining and room service. The improvement plan includes repositioning the property as the go-to lifestyle and locally-driven hotel in the city. Food and beverage options associated with creative programming will be revealed in the near future. “The renovations will enhance this dynamic property’s rich history with modern amenities, providing our guests with an authentic and satisfying experience that appeals to all generations,” adds Arbor Lodging Partners Principal Sheenal Patel, also CEO of NVN Hotels.

“Arbor Lodging Partners is really doing something special with the Hotel Phillips, and we at Hilton Worldwide are thrilled to be part of it,” said Matt Wehling, senior vice president, development, North America, Hilton Worldwide. “The extensive renovation plans only enhance the properties already excellent attributes – location, history, and amenities and will parallel Arbor’s expert guest service. We are looking forward to giving our loyal Hilton guests premier access to this world-class property.”

Images courtesy of Arbor Lodging Partners