This is a really wonderful hotel at an unbelievable price. We were on another cross country road trip, this time without the husband. He flew to Denver to meet us for a three day trip and wanted to go to Kansas City, Missouri to sample some famous barbecue. Since he would have only three days and we had three weeks I decided to splurge on a nice hotel and opted for the breakfast package. First of all, the drive from Denver to KC along 70 is spectacular. We had driven part way a few years ago but this time went the entire way and it was beautiful with green rolling hills and lovely farm houses. Spring was in all it's glory. I chose this hotel because it had free valet and free parking, something you don't usually get in a fine hotel. Of course you have to tip like mad but we don't often stay in luxury hotels. We paid mid $300s for a large suite with breakfast for four. Internet was also free and they had the Wall Street Journal. They also had cookies and juice and coffee in the lobby. I missed it but the kids told me about it.
The building itself started life as an apartment building almost 100 years ago. It has a lot of the fantastic character of an old building but fully modernized. I'm originally from San Francisco and it reminded me of my old Edwardian house and was also reminiscent of the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. Every person we encountered was fanstastic and we were greeted by every employee with "enjoy your stay" from a maid cleaning a room we passed to a gentleman on the elevator. The view of the river and the fountains was fanstastic. The neighborhood was wonderful. We had only a couple of hours but made the most of our time. The kids loved the giant rabbit statues around town. We saw as we were leaving it was near a museum. I was sorry we didn't have more time but we are already planning a return trip to Kansas City to see what other delights this beautiful city has to offer. It was not at all what we imagined it would be.
There is no pool. I was actually happy about that so I wouldn't be pressured to take the kids swimming and miss walking around Kansas City.
If you have the opportunity to be in the KC area do yourself a favor and splurge on a stay at this hotel. On those rare occasions when we have stayed in 5 star hotels we've paid hundreds more and have not always enjoyed a full suite.
- 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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- The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection Hotel Kansas City
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