Three Reasons to Discover the Historic Hilton President This Spring

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Enjoy an expertly made cocktail in the same bar frequented by Frank Sinatra. Make treasured memories with friends, family, or colleagues at a special event without the stress of planning. Or toast to the Paris of the Plains in Kansas City’s newest, whiskey-focused cocktail club. It’s all happening in the heart of downtown Kansas City at the Hilton President Hotel.

The Hilton President opened in 1926 in downtown Kansas City, the soaring brick building and opulent interior among the hallmarks of one of the city’s original grand hotels.

Nearly a century later, the Hilton President remains an integral part of downtown, perched on the edge of the vibrant and bustling Power & Light District.

Whether you’re a frequent visitor or a first-timer, here are three reasons to schedule a stop at the Hilton President this spring.


Host an effortless event

The Hilton President is a popular destination for weddings. A lower level event space next to the hotel’s restaurant, Providence New American Kitchen, is an equally luxurious venue for rehearsal dinners, business lunches, and other events, says Director of Hotel Operations Soraya Sutera.

The best part? When you plan an event at the Hilton President, they do the heavy lifting so that you don’t have to stress.

“We’ll send out menus, take pre-orders, plan bar packages, decorate the space—all you have to do is show up, sit down, and enjoy,” Sutera says.

That focus on attentive service extends to the event itself. A team of expert servers will keep drinks and food replenished so that guests can keep their full focus on the event. Any other details you need, such as nametags or place settings, will be coordinated by the Hilton President’s event staff. How easy is that?


Taste rare whiskey

Fun fact: The Hilton President was the first Kansas City hotel to produce its own ice. That focus on fresh, homemade ingredients continues to this day, guiding the preparation of an extensive selection of craft cocktails. Try the Drum Room Old Fashioned, the bar’s most popular cocktail. Or raise a glass to Patsy Cline, a Drum Room visitor, with her namesake cocktail that features Buffalo Trace Wheatley vodka, roasted pear, St. Germaine, and St. Hilaire champagne.

The Drum Room will soon launch a new Whiskey Club, giving spirits aficionados a chance to expand their knowledge and palate.

A monthly subscription fee will give members access to rare bottles of whiskey not normally offered at The Drum Room—a feat in itself, given the lounge’s expertly curated whiskey selection that spans the well-known classics to the obscure delights.

While supplies last, Whiskey Club members can try the featured whiskey at the hotel’s cost. Email notifications will keep members in the loop about upcoming bottles and other events.

To sign up or receive information on the Whiskey club, email


Savor the flavors of spring

A few steps down from The Drum Room, you’ll find Providence New American Kitchen, the Hilton President’s inviting restaurant that specializes in contemporary takes on American cuisine.

Executive Sous Chef Max Bur, a recent addition to the restaurant’s team, will launch a new spring farm-to-table menu on March 16. Seasonal flavors are the stars of the new menu, which will emphasize the delicious bounty available from local vendors.

Dine in the family-friendly setting at Providence New American Kitchen or enjoy the restaurant’s full menu in The Drum Room if you’re craving a cozy lounge setting to accompany your meal.

After all this sumptuous eating and drinking, you might just want to book a night’s stay at the Hilton President and enjoy a restful sleep while enveloped in the hotel’s historic luxury. Staycations are always in season, and your next adventure awaits in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Visit the Hilton President’s website for more details on amenities, availability and more.


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