Kansas City's 10 Best Hotels

From historic downtown gems to upscale suburban accommodations, KC has it all.

#1 The Raphael Hotel

325 Ward Parkway

Kansas City, Mo.

   Whether it’s a trip out of town or a staycation, the classiest option for either, the Raphael Hotel Autograph Collection, has been exuding elegance and Kansas City charm for nearly a century. The boutique hotel has spectacularly preserved its historic features as identified in the National Register of Historic Buildings. While the nine-story, Italian Renaissance Revival celebrates the tiniest of architectural details throughout, it's the lobby where the building’s original character is most deeply felt, right down to the impeccable service the Raphael is known for. Its convenient perch overlooking the city’s prized Country Club Plaza make this historic gem our favorite hotel option of all. raphaelkc.com


Sheraton Hotel at Crown Center Kansas City

#2 The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

2345 McGee St.

Kansas City, Mo.

   The Crown Center complex was built by Hallmark, adjacent to their headquarters, and southeast of the downtown freeway loop. The jewel of the Hallmark crown is its 42-story hotel boasting 730 sumptuous guestrooms, including 43 suites fit for royalty.

   An enclosed walkway joins the Sheraton with the Crown Center Shops featuring upscale retailer Halls, kid-friendly Legoland Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium, the ice terrace skating rink and the award-winning American Restaurant plus three levels of other shopping and dining options.

   Also nearby are the National World War I Memorial, Union Station and the Crossroads Arts District. This Sheraton is well-suited for a weekend visit to Kansas City. Rooms are large, quiet and clean, and the staff is friendly. sheratonkansascityhotel.com


Hotel Phillips Kansas City

#3 Hotel Phillips

106 W. 12th St.

Kansas City, Mo.

   The historic 217-room Hotel Phillips located on 12th Street in downtown Kansas City opened in 1931 and was formerly occupied by the Glennon Hotel, where President Harry S. Truman operated a haberdashery. The art deco-inspired hotel echoes the Gatsby era, making it an elegant setting for weddings and corporate meetings. Its rich heritage has earned it a rightful place on the National Register of Historic Places.

   The Hotel Phillips is located within a short walk to the trendy Power & Light entertainment district and 3-minute drive from the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. hotelphillips.com


Ambassador Hotel Kansas City

#4 The Ambassador Hotel Kansas City

111 Grand Blvd.

Kansas City, Mo.

   The Ambassador is a boutique hotel loaded with historic elegance complemented by modern, chic touches. Adding to its attraction is a convenient location in the heart of downtown Kansas City, adjacent to the bustling nightlife of the Power & Light entertainment district. The recently renovated structure features 1920s neoclassic architecture. The stately exterior and dramatic curved marble staircase perfectly pair historic charm with modern luxury. ambassadorhotelcollection.com/kansascity


Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza Kansas City

#5 Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

901 W. 48th Place

Kansas City, Mo.

   One of the newest hotels accommodating guests in Kansas City sits on the western border of the world-renowned shopping district, the Country Club Plaza, which boasts more than 150 stores and the city’s finest dining spots. Its proximal location makes Hotel Sorella one of the most geographically desirable destinations in the KC metro area.

   Just off the lobby is Francesca’s Greenhouse Lounge, which serves guests a complimentary European breakfast each morning. A half-flight of stairs away you’ll find the hotel’s swank Rosso, a Mediterranean restaurant with a dreamy view of the Plaza’s west side. The hotel also features a rooftop pool offering an unparalleled view of the city. hotelsorella-countryclubplaza.com


Hilton President Downtown Kansas City Hotel

#6 Hilton President Downtown Kansas City Hotel

1329 Baltimore Ave.

Kansas City, Mo.

   The Hilton President assumed its name after serving as the headquarters for the 1928 Republican National Convention. The 213 guestrooms have a distinct presidential feel harkening back to the glamour days of the Roaring Twenties. World famous entertainment lounge the Drum Room makes an excellent spot for a nightcap. It has an illustrious past having hosted legendary performers Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman and Harry Houdini. Award-winning Providence New American Kitchen is an excellent choice for the classic flavor of Kansas City dining.

   Located in the booming Power & Light entertainment district and also very near the Kansas City Convention Center, the Midland Theatre and many great dining venues in the heart of downtown Kansas City, the Hilton President is a geographically desirable stay. hilton.com


InterContinental Hotel Kansas City

#7 InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza

401 Ward Parkway

Kansas City, Mo.

   The InterContinental is one of Kansas City’s most luxurious venues for a weekend getaway. Its proximity to and breathtaking views of the renowned Country Club Plaza make it a must on our list of the best. The highest standard of customer service hint to what guests can expect of the property’s grandeur. Spectacular views from north-facing rooms echo that majestic feel with floor-to-ceiling windows. The stately Oak Room lounge adjacent to the lobby often hosts entertainers such as the inimitable McFadden brothers and other popular Kansas City jazz greats. kansascityic.com


Sheraton Hotel Overland Park

#8 Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center

6100 College Blvd.

Overland Park, Kan.

   The Sheraton Overland Park is one of Kansas City’s most popular suburban hotels. It is attached to the convention center and is within a short drive to many fine and casual dining spots and several suburban shopping and entertainment districts including the Town Center, Park Place and the Prairiefire entertainment area.

   The upscale op1906 Bar & Grille, luxurious lounge and cafe/coffee shop, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and free Wi-Fi in the public areas as well as free on-site parking make the Sheraton of Overland Park an effortless choice. sheratonoverlandpark.com


Aloft Leawood-Overland Park Hotel

#9 Aloft Leawood-Overland Park

11620 Ash St. 

Leawood, Kan.

   This euro-style hotel is on-trend with ultra-modern furnishings that nod to the future making it a welcome respite for the young, tech-savvy traveler. Its minimalist design, free Wi-Fi and access to nightlife, shopping, movie theaters and restaurants — all within a short walk — make the Aloft a unique experience in a self-contained, suburban environment. This "vision of the W" hotel is on the outskirts of town in an affluent neighborhood nestled in the heart of the hip entertainment complex Park Place. starwoodhotels.com


Westin Kansas City at Crown Center Hotel

#10 The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

1 E. Pershing Road

Kansas City, Mo.

  The Westin Hotel in Hallmark’s Crown Center complex features plenty of things to see and do. Guests can enjoy a whirlpool sauna, steam room, outdoor heated swimming pool, a track, and basketball and tennis courts. There is an attached ice rink open seasonally and three levels of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences including Legoland Discovery Center and the Sea Life Aquarium.

   The 729-room hotel boasts Westin’s signature Heavenly Bed with pillow-top mattress dressed in 250 thread count sheets. During its 1970s construction, a massive limestone rock formation was unearthed, and the developers worked it into the lobby design complete with its centerpiece waterfall. westincrowncenterkansascity.com

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