InterContinental Kansas City Hotel Undergoes Renovation, Introduces New Restaurant

photo provided by InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza


The iconic 45-year-old InterContinental Kansas City on the Plaza underwent a much-needed internal makeover that was revealed on June 20.

   Last September, The Kansas City Star found a study city file that showed photos of deterioration in the hotel, especially in the 500-space parking garage and also in the hotel public areas and guest rooms. The study also emphasized deteriorated bathroom finishes and ceilings, torn and badly stained carpets in heavily trafficked areas and guest rooms and torn wallpaper, which Don Breckenridge, general manager of the hotel, attributes to time and weathering.

   All 371 rooms now have a “whole new vitality and energy,” according to Breckenridge. The grand lobby, baths and public areas on the inside were also redone, bringing the renovation grand total to more than $16 million.

photo provided by InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza


   “The look and feel of the hotel has been elevated to reflect a more understated and sophisticated elegance, while retaining a welcoming and inviting feeling, through the use of a significantly lighter palette and materials that look and feel luxurious,” Breckenridge said in a press release.

   The hotel is also slated to open the American Slang Modern Brasserie on June 30. The French term “brasserie” is historically a popular gathering place for business meals, meetings and leisure dining, according to the press release. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, diners will feel transported to Paris as they enjoy French cuisine with an American twist surrounded by French graffiti art. This new dining destination is not limited to guests of the hotel. In fact, hotel valet parking will be offered to all diners at no charge.

photo provided by InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza


   To pay for the makeover, the hotel started increasing sales taxes on its guests in January. Last September, the hotel had asked the City Council for a blight designation, which was approved on one condition. The hotel agreed to provide $250,000 over the next seven years to help fix up truly blighted homes, and to provide jobs for Kansas City residents.   InterContinental’s attorney, David Fenley, said the hotel will provide $100,000 in the first year and $25,000 each year for six years to help needy senior citizens with home repairs. It is estimated that the money will be enough to address 40 properties, according to The Kansas City Star.

   In 1972, the hotel was opened as the Alameda Plaza Hotel. It transformed into Ritz Carlton in 1990, the Fairmont in 2000 and finally the InterContinental in 2006.