October 20, 2015
Whether your idea of the perfect place to rest your head on holiday is a historic B&B, a private apartment, or a luxurious city centre hotel, you’re sure to find a wealth of options in Kansas City. From romantic to quirky, historic to sublime, and everything in between, here’s where to stay in Kansas City.
“Unique. Authentic. Fun.” This is an apt description for the 816 Hotel (formerly the Q Hotel), where Kansas City’s storied past and vibrant present is infused into every element.
Each of the spacious rooms in this revamped hotel located in Old Westport offers intimate and memorable insights into the city. For example, the KC Mob Room plays off of KC’s infamous Mob history with a Tommy gun headboard, gangster-themed artwork and murals, and Razzers chalk outline on the floor.
A host of extras, including complimentary breakfast featuring made-to-order omelettes, and free nightly cocktails in their lobby lounge, make the 816 Hotel a popular holiday bolthole.
Kansas City may be smack in the middle of the Midwest, but you can still enjoy the flavour of New England at Southmoreland on the Plaza, a dazzling 1913 Colonial Revival B&B Inn.
Guests can choose from 12 stately rooms named after famous Kansas Citians like baseball great Satchel Paige; artist George Caleb Bingham; Clara and Russel Stover, founders of Russell Stover Candies; and real estate developer, philanthropist, and founder of The Kansas City Star newspaper, William Rockhill Nelson.
One of the Inn’s claims to fame is its gourmet barbecue breakfast with grilled croissant French Toast and molasses brined pork chops. Could there possibly be a better start to the day?
If a romantic retreat for two is on your itinerary, then unpack your bags on the Kansas side of the state line at Chateau Avalon, designed to emulate the quintessential French chateau style of architecture.
The boutique environment here encompasses only 61 guest rooms, fashioned into 23 unique concept suites with names like the Mayan Rainforest, Egyptian Palace, Casablanca, the Hemingway, the Roman Dynasty, and Camelot.
Every year the Chateau earns top honours as one of the most romantic hotels in Kansas City, and couples love it for its luxury custom mattresses, oversized Jacuzzi tubs, and the delicious special order complimentary breakfast-for-two delivered to your suite every morning.
A striking fusion of French Moderne and Art Deco design, the elegant, 217-room Hotel Phillips, built-in 1931, has managed to retain many of its original eye-catching features, including rich walnut panelling, polished marble walls, and intricate nickel and bronze metalwork. Accommodation packages here include the “Kansas City Broadway,” “PRIDE,” “Happy Birthday to YOU!,” and “Breakfast in Bed,” just to name a few.
Music lovers wondering where to stay in Kansas City should note that Hotel Phillips offers acoustic vocal and guitar stylings every week during “Acoustic Thursdays,” as well as a showcase of local, up-and-coming talent during the weekly “Featured Fridays.”
Originally built as a Spanish Renaissance Revival-style building in the 1920s, and transformed some 50 years later into a dazzling, elegantly appointed and now iconic boutique accommodation, the Rafael Hotel exudes indulgence at every turn.
Overlooking the literal and figurative heart of the city – the Country Club Plaza – Raphael Hotel was honoured with the Forbes Travel Guide 2015 Four Star Award, as well as a place in Travel +Leisure‘s 2015 reader’s choice awards for its 126 well-appointed rooms and suites with signature amenities, ultra-comfortable beds, and luxurious 300 thread-count bedding.
Also decorated in an authentic 1920s style, the Hilton President Kansas City is located just a short walk from the city’s energetic downtown Power and Light District. This 213-guest room and suite hotel is an AAA Four-Diamond property, designated as a National Historic Landmark, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dining and live entertainment options include the Walnut Room, Providence, and the Drum Room Lounge, the latter being an old stomping ground for entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Patsy Cline, Glenn Miller, and others, not long after it first opened in 1941.
For a lovely country escape only 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City in Excelsior Springs, book a romantic, honeymoon, or family reunion holiday at the Inn on Crescent Lake.
One of the best Inns in Missouri, this stately 1915 Georgian Colonial mansion sits on an expansive 22-acre property surrounded by two crescent-shaped ponds. Inside, guests can choose from 10 luxurious, beautifully appointed and uniquely decorated rooms and suites spread between the Main, Cottage, and Pool Houses.
Located on the western edge of the Country Club Plaza, Hotel Sorella offers an inviting Mediterranean villa ambience designed to delight the senses. The 132 luxury guest rooms and suites are decorated with warm rich hardwoods and dramatic tapestry headboards, and all come equipped with sumptuous Egyptian cotton linens.
Beautiful Renaissance artwork and colourful custom mosaic tiles give the hotel a distinctive flavour and flair, as does the garden observatory, poolside cabanas, and inviting fire pits.
“Boutique lodging at its finest” is an appropriate descriptor for Ambassador Hotel Kansas City, which offers 43 intimate, sophisticated Loft, Parlor, Corner King Deluxe, Executive King, and Executive Double Queen rooms and suites.
Once you’ve tried the private collection spa amenities, luxurious private label linens, and monogrammed bathrobes, you may not want to leave the room. But then you’d miss out on the excellent gourmet meals created from locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Visiting Kansas City has never been easier with our partnership with Delta and daily flights across the Atlantic. Book one of these beautiful boltholes on your next trip.
Written by Lysa Allman-Baldwin