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The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
Ranked #2 of 109 Hotels in Kansas City
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“You deserve to stay here...really”
Reviewed 9 April 2012

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.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Thank you for staying at The Raphael during your trip to Kansas City. The city has so much to offer as does the Plaza. The staff at The Raphael works very hard to ensure each stay is enjoyable and memorable. Thank you very much and please make a return visit again.
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

The Raphael is a beautiful hotel with excellent service and a great location. The Sunday brunch was amazing. The bed was very comfortable. The staff is very friendly and very patient.

Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Thank you for your great comments. Chef Charles d'Ablaing has created a great Sunday Brunch menu with unique items on it. Thank you and come back soon.
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Florida
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

I had the pleasure to spend a night at The Raphael Hotel. Everything about it was First Class! From the ease of parking or free valet service, to the amazing service given to us by William at the front desk, to the beautiful and elegant suite, to sitting by the outdoor fire pit! Wonderful location to the Plaza and all the shopping and dining it has to offer! I can't wait for my travels to take me back there and spend more time at The Raphael Hotel!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 31 March 2012
Everyone at The Raphael especially William at the Front Desk, work hard to deliver First Class service. I am very pleased to hear you were able to experience the complimentary valet parking, the elegant suite and the outside patio to watch the shoppers on the Plaza. We look forward to your return. Thank you.
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

My husband and I traveled to Kansas City for a weekend get away. We couldn't decide between the Raphael and the Intercontinental across the street. So we booked a night in each. The Raphael was definitely the better choice. Even the it cost a little more, by the time we payed for valet across the street, the cost difference was not that much. It was my birthday and we had booked a standard king room, they upgraded us to a king suite with a plaza view. The staff were friendly and professional. I love the little touches this hotel provides like fresh fruit in the lobby. Cookies and tea in the afternoon. Two firepits outside where you can sit and drink your coffee. The shower, bath, bed were all amazing. Two big t.v.'s in the room (the competition across the street has very small t.v.s) Free valet. I also love that they give you bath salts along with their other nice toiletries. We ate in their restaurant, The Chaz and enjoyed a good meal along with wonderful life jazz. A memorable weekend, I can't wait to stay here again soon.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 27 March 2012
Thank you for spending your birthday with us. The Plaza view suites are wonderful and so glad you took advantage of the great weather to enjoy the patio. As you found out Chaz offers outstanding food along with great Jazz. We are very happy you stayed with us and we look forward to seeing you next year for your birthday.
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

Recently stayed here in their presidential suite and had wonderful time. Purchased a package to stay and dine in their restaurant. Made the "trip" a suprise birthday present for my boyfriend's birthday and the staff was incredibly accomadating and friendly. The hotel is historic and beautiful but still has a crisp, clean feel. Our room lacked nothing. The jacuzzi and shower were amazing! The room service from the restaurant was the best I've ever had. Everyone fromt the valet to the front desk were helpful in faciltating the suprise with me and provided nothing but the highest quality service. We will definately be back many times over.

Room Tip: Great views of the Counrty Club Plaza on the north side of the building
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
Thank you for celebrating your boyfriend’s birthday at The Raphael and Chaz. The staff enjoys helping make every special event a lifetime memory.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2012

My husband and I chose to stay at The Raphael to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. We reserved a plaza view 2 room king suite. We were given Room 902, which was a corner room on the top floor...the view was fantastic! We were also greeted with a bottle of wine, compliments of The Raphael.The room was lovely! The furnishings and amenities were first class.

I will echo the previous review regarding the Staff - they were exceptionally attentive and helpful and also very friendly.

We had dinner in the hotel's restaurant - The Chaz. It was the perfect conclusion to a very special day. The food and service were excellent.

Thank you Raphael for making our anniversary so special!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 23 March 2012
Congratulations on your 30th wedding anniversary. Suite 902 has a great view of the plaza and a very comfortable room to relax with a bottle of wine. Thank you for making us a part of this very important celebration.
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

This is the third time I have stayed at the Rahpael, and it won't be the last. The entire facility was extremely clean, classy and elegant. It is one of the best locations in the Plaza area. Staff are very warm and helpful. The Chaz restaurant was fabulous. I gave the room only a 4 rating because this is the first time we stayed in a standard room and they are a little small. Sport for a larger one if you can afford it. No gouging on the parking - it's free! Take the breakfast option, it's a deal. Staying here is not cheap, but well worth it. You will enjoy this place!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 22 March 2012
Thank you for staying at The Raphael and dining in Chaz. We agree with you that the food in Chaz is fabulous. Charles d’Ablaing our Chef does an outstanding job with all the food operations. Thank you, and we look forward to your fourth return.
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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 Luxury Hotel in Kansas City
#1 Business Hotel in Kansas City
#1 Romantic 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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