SPONSORED BY KANSAS CITY MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN
The city's largest, most up-to-date convention hotel, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown is also a popular choice for business and pleasure travelers. By year's end, a multi-year $30 million renovation will have completely transformed the iconic property, coupling old-school hospitality with cutting-edge design that encompasses modern aesthetics, accessibility, and sustainability.
The Marriott Tower’s main floor features three interconnected zones, allowing guests to arrive and depart efficiently, work, socialize and enjoy various dining and entertainment options. “This goes well beyond a traditional hotel lobby,” says Cynthia Savage, director of marketing. “It is the heartbeat that redefines the guest experience.”
Offering light breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare and a full bar with handcrafted signature cocktails, the dynamic new BARCENTRAL draws downtown workers, residents and entertainment seekers as well as hotel guests. Communal tables and complimentary Internet access facilitate interactions, and there’s personal space available for working or relaxing too. MetropolitanKC, the hotel’s three-meal-a-day restaurant, offers new American cuisine with regional emphasis in an atmosphere of sleek, urban sophistication.
Recently completed ballroom and meeting room renovations in the Marriott and Muehlebach towers have created a more engaging user experience. The re-imagined meeting and public spaces combine high-tech functionality with sophisticated urban design, and Jazz, Art Deco and Beaux-Arts motifs – symbolizing Kansas City's vibrancy and colorful history.
The final phase of the hotel’s transformation, to be completed by year’s end, will be an innovative re-design of all 983 guest rooms. The new rooms are inspired by interior design motifs and comforts embraced by today’s traveler.
Upon completion, the Kansas City Marriott Downtown will again be a state-of-the-art hotel – much as when its ancestor, the iconic Hotel Muehlebach, opened on May 17, 1915. The Marriott will also sponsor a year long Centennial Celebration of the Hotel Muehlebach, with special events and exhibits illustrating this property’s impact on Kansas City and the hotel industry.