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The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
Ranked #2 of 109 Hotels in Kansas City
Certificate of Excellence
Asheville, North Carolina
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“Deeelish accommodations”
Reviewed 19 April 2012

What a wonderful treat in KC! This all suite hotel offers all the amenities you'd expect to find in a much pricier hotel. Perfectly clean, wonderful robes, nice bath amenities, comfy towels and linens
and Key Lime pie chocolate waiting in my room upon arrival? Not to mention the complimentary valet parking and wireless? I won't stay anywhere else in KC!
The decor is relaxing and the business traveler has plenty of room to spread out.
I didn't have an opportunity to enjoy the restaurant on property, but it sounds wonderful. My in-room dining was perfect. Can't wait to come back. Oh, and the staff is great too :)

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 20 April 2012
Thank you for staying with us and using Raphael’s signature bath amenities. It’s great to hear that we could accommodate your business traveling need with the large desks. We look forward to your return.
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Billings, Montana
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

Wow, this is a great historic hotel. The employees from both the hotel and the restaurant Chaz were exceptional. My little girl felt like Eloise from the Plaza hotel in New York. The rooms were elegant and very clean. The breakfast served in the room was wonderful. I can't wait to stay here again.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 17 April 2012
What an honor to say your daughter felt like Eloise from The Plaza in New York. The staff takes great pride in making everyone feel welcomed and special. Thank you very much for spending your girls weekend at The Raphael.
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ashtead
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

We stayed three nights and fell in love with the hotel. Food was really good and the bar in the evening was superb with live music, the bed was wonderful but it was the staff who really made the place. They were really attentive and friendly without being over the top. But the hotel is also brilliantly positioned so you can walk to a huge range of excellent shops and restaurants. It was a great weekend.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Steve560, General Manager at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 12 April 2012
Thank you for the great comment about our attentive staff. We are very proud of the level of service they provide to each and every guest. Thank you for joining us in Chaz for food and live music. We look forward to your return to The Raphael.
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Tokyo
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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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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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