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The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
Ranked #2 of 109 Hotels in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence
Omaha, Nebraska
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65 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“Great Hotel - Great Location”
Reviewed 20 December 2011

We stayed in one of the Presidential Suites. Separate bedroom, living room, nice bath and separate room with large jacuzzi tub with flat screen above. Very close to Plaza. Excellent place to celebrate an anniversary. Free parking.

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Manhattan, Kansas
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Reviewed 16 December 2011

My husband and I stay on the Plaza every year for our anniversary. This was our first year to stay at The Raphael. As we were checking in, we happen to mention the occasion for our visit. The receptionist then asked us if we would be interested in staying in the Presidential Suite at no additional cost. Needless to say, we were thrilled. We are not usually able to afford such luxurious accomodations and it made our two night stay extra-special. We will never forget the kindness of the staff and the beautiful room (the 3 room bathroom was especially amazing)! Thank you for blessing us with your hospitality.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Blue Springs, Missouri
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296 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Raphael on the weekend of December 3rd. Our visit to the hotel was excellent and we are excited about a return trip over Valentine's Day. The hotel has been recently remodeled, new menu items have been added to the Chaz (try the bread pudding), and the bar scene was laid back and relaxing.

We appreciate having such a fantastic hotel in Kansas City, and it is definitely a true gem of the Plaza.

When visiting, do not look anywhere else, this is the place to stay!

Room Tip: Always book a room looking at the Plaza, especially during the Christmas season! As the song goes...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hollywood, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2011

The Staff was courteous and friendly, they made me feel very welcomed. The room was very cozy with a very comfy bed an pillows. Ammenities were great (I had never seen make up remover in a hotel bathroom and that's usually the ammenity i forget the most). Full mini bar with wine glasses too. The only barely negative comment I have are the high prices on the breakfast menu.

  • Stayed November 2011
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Lawrence,KS
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

This is a 1920s or 1930s old-style hotel, but the rooms have been renovated in a comfortable, contemporary style. We saw some great entertainment in the bar (Lonnie McFadden) while we waited for friends to meet us. This guy was amazing, and totally free. The drinks and hors d'oeuvres were good, but not cheap. The location is amazing as well-- just across Brush Creek from the Country Club Plaza. We were able to walk to dinner and shopping the next day. Valet parking is free, a very nice touch for this area. My favorite things about the hotel, besides the location, were the staff and the fitness center. The staff were genuinely friendly and helpful. The fitness center was clean, provided clean towels, free headsets to listen to TVs (attached to the elliptical and treadmills), and free granola bars. There were free weights as well as a weight machine, cushy cork (?) flooring, water cooler, and temperature controlled. Also, it did not smell like a gym.

Room Tip: We enjoyed a plaza view suite since the Christmas lights were turned on.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

From the moment I walked into the lobby I felt welcome - the staff is among the best I've encountered at any hotel. The Raphael was built in the '20s, and although it was recently renovated, it retains its original charm. I booked a regular room but was upgrated to a suite, which was truly luxurious. The location could not be better - the hotel is located on the Country Club Plaza, so is in the heart of the best shopping and dining in the city. I'm already looking forward to my next trip to KC!

Room Tip: Higher floors have a good view of the Plaza. That would be great during the holidays - the Plaza li...
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

This is a great hotel. From the moment I checked in, I felt special. Every encounter with the staff has been very pleasant. My room is incredible, with jacuzzi tub and TV and a separate shower with two shower heads. A short walk to Country Club Plaza. Free valet parking. I would highly recommend this hotel.

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Property: The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
Address: 325 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO 64112-2111
Region: United States > Missouri > Kansas City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Kansas City
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kansas City
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kansas City
#2 Family Hotel in Kansas City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Raphael Hotel is an elegant, charming boutique accommodation modeled on the finest small European hotels. Readers of Travel+Leisure voted The Raphael Hotel one of the 2015 T+L 500 World's Best Hotels. With a combination of a significant historic landmark, vintage hospitality, and individualized service, this Kansas City luxury hotel delivers a unique destination experience in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri's famed Country Club Plaza.The hotel's signature restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza, is noted for its intimate, romantic atmosphere and its distinct brand of modern, regional American cuisine. Menus offer a concise, yet diverse variety of appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and desserts. Signature items include fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and a hand-cut, wet-aged prime beef Kansas City strip steak that advances Kansas City's beef reputation. ... more   less 
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