Kansas City has many great old buildings downtown that have been restored to fantastic condition, so I made a conscious decision to look for someplace unique. We’ve stayed at plenty of Marriotts and Sheratons and Crown Plazas and so on, and there’s a lovely Marriott right next to the convention center and next to where we stayed. But we went for unique and stayed at the Hotel Phillips, a 20-story hotel build in 1931 and recently restored by Hilton.
It’s freaking gorgeous!
From the outside, the brickwork is exquisite.
Plenty of big glass skyscrapers around, but also plenty of stunning old brick buildings. (Don’t these people ever worry about earthquakes?)
The lobby is marble and polished wood and brass, all decked out for Christmas.
There’s a second-story mezzanine that’s full of more comfy chairs and quiet spots.
The double staircase is Art Deco made of wrought iron and dark wood and nickel filigree.
Then there’s that statue overlooking it all. (By the way, the building is on the National Historic Register.)
When I win the lottery and design my own 20,000 square foot mansion, I want THIS in the main foyer!
“The Goddess of The Dawn” was created in 1931 by Kansas City sculptor Jorgen Dryer.
If you get a chance to stay at the Phillips in KC, take it!!