I grew up in Kansas City, so when my husband and I were planning our wedding back home we wanted to find a hotel for all our guests that would provide good service, had a central location and enough amenities within the hotel. What the hotel lacks in fun amenities (i.e. no pool, small gym, etc.) it makes up for with the interesting history that it had in the early-mid 1900s. It's modeled after what it looked like in those days, so there is definitely the look of presidential 'old money.'
Overall, we & our many guests had a fair stay. The prices were reasonable for Labor Day weekend, the Drum Room Lounge provided a great central spot for everone to gather for a drink, and the location was super convenient for our wedding. There were a few negatives: the banquet staff was late by an hour getting our prep rooms ready (and may have been later if I had not yelled at the front desk), the hotel's AC broke for a night during the bad heat wave in KC, and they didn't comp any of our breakfasts.
I'd recommend this for the location & history the hotel provides, but not if you're looking for a modern, high-quality service hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- AAA Four Diamond award winning hotel, and the only hotel in the new Power and Light entertainment district. The hotel was originally opened in 1927, closed for many years. Re-opened in 2005 after a 45 million dollar renovation. This stunning hotel is truly one of Kansas City's grand hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton President Kansas City Hotel Kansas City
- Hilton Hotel Kansas City
- Hilton Kansas City
- Kansas City Hilton