The 112-year-old Gumbel Building in Kansas City quietly opened its doors June 10 as a Hampton Inn after a 70-room renovation. It’s the first of 10 new hotels with nearly 2,000 rooms proposed for downtown and the Crossroads Arts District.
In the coming weeks, the dual Marriott hotels will open side-by-side as a Residence Inn and Courtyard Hotel, adding rooms to the 3,451 that now exist in downtown and Crown Center.
Also planned for the area is the controversial Hyatt convention hotel, which has pushed its opening date back to early 2019 after a petition drive that slowed its progress in nailing down financing and land acquisition.
Openings have not yet been set for other proposed lodging in the area, but the list includes a renovation of the Savoy Hotel into a new 21c Museum Hotel, a 75-room Holiday Inn Express and a 301-room Embassy Suites in the former Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City tower.
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