Walking distance to the Sprint Center and
Kansas City Convention Center
Stately rooms include flat-screen TVs and coffee/tea
Two restaurants, historic bar, Starbucks, and room service
Meeting and event spaces and business center
24-hour fitness center
Free shuttle service within two miles
Self and valet parking (for a fee)
Rooms have dated decor and not all have good views
Breakfast and parking not free
Complaints about slow service and AC issues
In the middle of the Power and Light District of
Kansas City sits the upscale Hilton President Kansas City, a historic hotel from
the 1920s with elegant decor that draws business travelers and couples. Most of the 213 rooms are spacious with flat-screen TVs and coffee/tea facilities. Suites have separate living rooms and sometimes kitchenettes as a more luxurious option. A historic bar with past celebrity
guests, multiple dining options, and a fitness center appeal to a wide range of guests, while 12,000 square feet of meeting space and a business center draw corporate travelers. A free shuttle service that takes guests within two miles
of the hotel and free Wi-Fi are added perks. Those looking for a more
contemporary hotel in the same area might consider the Crowne
Plaza Kansas City Downtown, which costs moderately less and has an outdoor pool.
Built in the 1920s, this brick and stone building became the home of the Hilton President Kansas City hotel in 2006.
Staying true to its history, the hotel has maintained or restored to former glory many of the architectural details such as the
floor tiles and windows. Currently,
it’s a hotel with a grand style reminiscent of the decade in which it was born. Guests
step into a lobby with black and tan glossy tiles, two large chandeliers, and
antique chairs and couches clustered near a grand piano. The Walnut Room, with
its rich wooden columns, stained glass windows, and chandeliers mirrors the
classiness of the lobby, while the Drum Room, though a bit modernized, still
maintains an intimate atmosphere with a long round bar, wooden bar chairs, and
black and white photographs on the walls. The owner, a collector, has displayed many artifacts from the Reagan era throughout the property. It’s a historic hotel with a sophisticated
vibe, though some of the decor, like the floral-patterned carpeted hallways, is starting to
look worn. Renovations are planned for 2016. Most guests are
business travelers and older couples utilizing the hotel for its central location and elegant atmosphere.
Located in downtown Kansas City, in walking distance to many attractions
Hilton President Kansas City sits in the Power and
Light District in downtown Kansas City. It’s a five-minute walk to the Sprint
Center, which hosts concerts and events, and a six-minute walk to the Kansas City Convention Center, making the property conveniently located for tourists and business travelers alike. The Kauffman
Center for the Performing Arts is an eight-minute walk away. Guests can also make
use of the hotel’s free shuttle that travels within two
miles of the property. Some places, like Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium, can
only be reached by car, as they are both around a 13- to 14-minute drive away. It's about a
five-minute drive from Crown Center shopping mall. There are a variety
of dining options on surrounding streets. And it’s around 20 minutes' drive to Kansas
City International Airport.
Sophisticated rooms with flat-screen TVs and coffee/tea facilities; some Suites with kitchenettes
The guest rooms at the Hilton President Kansas City have a stately decor, though it's one that
borders on dated. Dark wooden headboards and furniture, white
linens, and black-and-white photographs give the rooms a sophisticated
elegance. However, the green- and blue-patterned carpet, salmon-colored bed
skirts, and printed plush chairs feel more old-fashioned and homey.
Decor in some Suites differs from that in rooms, but all have
an elegant atmosphere with chandeliers, heavy drapes, and antique furniture.
Each room has a flat-screen TV, MP3 clock radio, coffee/tea facilities, ironing facilities, safe, bathrobe, bottled water (for a fee),
and air-conditioning, though some guests have complained of noisy air-conditioning units. Suites have separate living room areas with couches and
chairs and some, like the Reagan Suite and the Presidential Suite, have kitchenettes with full-size refrigerators, microwaves, toasters, sinks, and dishes. But note that not all rooms
have good views. Bathrooms are spacious with cream tiles, patterned wallpaper, and granite sink countertops. They have showers with glass doors or shower/tub combos, toiletries, and hairdryers.
Historic bar, two restaurants, fitness center, and multiple meeting spaces
The highlight of the hotel is its on-site bar, the
Drum Room Lounge, which has been open since the early 1940s and once welcomed stars like Frank Sinatra and Patsy Cline. The bar has a daily happy hour and
occasionally hosts live music. There’s also the Providence Room, serving American cuisine for lunch and dinner, and the
Walnut Room, a 1940s-inspired space serving a daily breakfast buffet (for a fee). But complaints about slow service have been made. Room service and a Starbucks
coffee shop are also available. The hotel offers a diverse set of meeting rooms
and event spaces that cover more than 12,000 square feet, hold up to 350 people,
and are fully equipped with audio-visual equipment. There’s a 24-hour business
center with two computers and a printer, plus free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The 24-hour fitness center has a range of free weights and
cardio machines with TVs. The hotel runs a free shuttle service within a two-mile radius, but it costs to self-park or use the valet parking
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