Loews Kansas City Hotel is now open, having swung open its doors on June 1. This new property features 800 guestrooms including 47 suites, a lobby bar, a restaurant with a wraparound balcony overlooking downtown and the Power & Light District, grab & go coffee shop, indoor lap pool and meeting and event space, which connects directly to the Kansas City Convention Center via a new pedestrian bridge.
Loews Kansas City is the first full-service hotel to open in downtown in more than 30 years. The hotel is within walking distance to key attractions and other destination landmarks like the Kansas City Power & Light District, Sprint Center, KC Streetcar and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
This opening comes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Given what has transpired over the past several weeks, our opening is going to look a little different than we originally anticipated. However, at Loews Hotels we not only believe in Kansas City, MO, we also believe in this project and its long term contributions to the destination, and look forward to celebrating and honoring all those involved later this year,” said Jonathan Tisch, chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels & Co., in a statement.
Each of the 800 guestrooms at Loews Kansas City feature floor to ceiling windows offering stellar views of downtown and city landmarks. Design touches include subtle nods to TWA, the former Kansas City based airline, coupled with open spaces and modern touches. The hotel is also participating in the KCMO One Percent for Art Program, celebrating and highlighting photography and art of local artists, including Beth Houts, Carry Esser, Heinrich Toh, Andy Gershon and more. Their work will be prominently displayed throughout the sixth floor mezzanine level.
Due to the pandemic, the hotel opens with enhanced safety protocols in place. “The experience is going to look a little different when we first open, as we will have limited services and amenities available, with a goal of adding outlets and more throughout the summer and fall,” said Brian Johnson, managing director, Loews Kansas City Hotel, in a statement. “We want to assure customers, locals and visitors of the ongoing efforts we will be making on a daily basis, as well as new and enhanced procedures in place, in order to provide a welcoming and clean environment here at Loews Kansas City Hotel.”
Food and beverage is an emphasis at Loews Kansas City and celebrates Kansas City’s past and present and also will incorporate local BBQ and distilleries in the area. The hotel plans to launch the concepts later this summer, in the meantime, guests are able to take advantage of the Grab & Go coffee shop from 6am- 2pm daily and cocktails and light fare in the Lobby Bar from 2pm-11pm daily.