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 The Hotel Group Completes a $13-million Renovation and Rebranding
of the 385-room Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
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Kansas City, Mo.— August 28, 2009— The Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown celebrated the completion of a more than $13-million renovation and rebranding yesterday with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony held at the property, located at 1301 Wyandotte St. The Hotel Group of Seattle, Wash., Management Company for the property, and a host of local dignitaries were present at the milestone event. Immediately following, a blazing hot “Summer in the City” gala was held to introduce more than 500 local businesses and politicians to the new 28-story, 385-room hotel with Starbucks. 
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“The revitalization of downtown Kansas City is very exciting and we are thrilled to be part of its renaissance by renovating and reflagging the former landmark Radisson Hotel & Suites to Crowne Plaza and introducing it to the burgeoning central-business district,” said Douglas Dreher, President and CEO of The Hotel Group. ”Crowne Plaza is a dynamic hotel brand offering premium accommodations for discerning business and leisure travelers who appreciate simplified elegance. As the Kansas City Power & Light District continues to turn into a 24-hour-a-day entertainment destination, we believe this new Crowne Plaza brings great value to this market as a place to meet and greet, connect to the Internet, get a great cup of coffee at our Starbucks and enjoy an even better night’s sleep.”

Richard Hughes, President and CEO of the Kansas City Convention & Visitor’s Assn., concurred as he addressed the celebratory guests.
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Jordan Meyer, representing Jordan Hotel Investments, LLC, cuts the ribbon to signify the Grand Opening of the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown. Flanking him are THG Executive Vice President Lara Latture and THG Owner Edmond Lee.
“We know that that [the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown] is going to be a big hit with leisure guests and convention delegates,” Hughes said. “The hotel is situated in the heart of all activities generated by the Convention Center and the new Power & Light District. The improvements made by The Hotel Group to the property represent a dramatic change -- they did it right. Crowne Plaza provides the perfect niche for downtown Kansas City, and we are delighted to be here today to celebrate its official opening.”

General Manager Matt Rutigliano said the marketing support received from the Crowne Plaza brand and the City of Kansas City, together with the physical improvements made by THG has positioned the property for immediate success. “In addition to the more than $13 million renovation investment THG has made to update the facility, public and private improvements to the area adjacent to the hotel will exceed $4.5 billion and will include an eight-block entertainment district,” he said. “The new state-of-the-art Sprint Center sport and entertainment complex, The College Basketball Experience, new National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, and the nationally acclaimed Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art all are major contributions to making Kansas City a dynamic travel destination, and we are delighted to be a part of it.” 

“We encourage all Kansas City visitors, meeting planners, local businesses and residents to come and see what this new Crowne Plaza Downtown has to offer,” said Lara Latture, THG EVP. “The multi-million dollar transformation and addition of the area’s newest Starbucks will surely stimulate everyone who walks through our doors. It’s the perfect complement to this budding area and we encourage everyone to come and see what the buzz is all about.” 

The hotel features the Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage program, which is available at all Crowne Plaza hotels in the Americas. Sleep Advantage encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services. Program components include new bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet zones, nightlights, drape clips and amenities such as eye masks, earplugs and lavender spray.

Each of the 385 guestrooms (of which 99 are two-room suites) are equipped with free high-speed Internet access and spacious work desks. In addition, the hotel features 13,000 square feet of meeting space (including nine function rooms), a business center and ballroom on the 28th floor. Located off the hotel’s main lobby is the full-service City Grille restaurant and City Bar lobby lounge. In addition, the Crowne Plaza features Starbucks that is open 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Dedicated Starbucks parking is FREE for up to 30-minutes. The hotel also boasts an outdoor seasonal pool and fitness center. 

For more information on the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown, visit www.crowneplaza.com/kansascitydwtn.
 

About The Hotel Group
THG is a nationally recognized Top 40 hotel company and currently manages and/or owns 24 properties in 9 states, representing 13 brands and employs more than 1,300 people. Since its inception in 1984, THG has managed more than 100 properties in 20 states, directed the design and construction of 30 new hotels, completed the acquisition of more than $125 million in private investment as the sponsor of Hotel Group Opportunity Funds I, II, III and IV. For more information, visit www.thehotelgroup.com or call 425-771-1788. 

About Crowne Plaza 
Crowne Plaza was recently recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine as one of the industry's top growing brands. As part of the IHG global portfolio, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has nearly 300 hotels in 60 countries, and are located in major urban centers, gateway cities and resort destinations. For reservations at Crowne Plaza properties, visit http://www.crowneplaza.com/ or call 1-800-2CROWNE. 

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Contact:

Barb Worcester
 President/Principal
 PRPRO
Tel: (440) 930-5770
barbw@prproconsulting.com

Katherine Steed
Director of Marketing
The Hotel Group
Tel: (425) 248-2978
ksteed@thehotelgroup.com

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Also See: The Hotel Group Acquires 388-room Radisson Hotel and Suites in Downtown Kansas City; Planning $12 million in Renovations to the Rebranded Crowne Plaza / September 2007
Downtown Kansas City, Missouri Hotel Changing Brand Name for the Fifth Time / April 2005
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