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The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection 4.0

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Pros

  • In the high-end Plaza neighborhood, with walking distance of shops and restaurants
  • All rooms are suite-style, and some have walk-in rainfall showers and soaking tubs
  • All suites include bathrobes, iPod docks, and Keurig coffeemakers
  • Acclaimed on-site restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza
  • Modern gym and business center are both well-equipped
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour room service available
  • Free self and valet parking
  • Nightly live music and Sunday jazz brunch

Cons

  • Car is necessary for getting around
  • No on-site pool or spa
  • Popular restaurant is pricey

Bottom Line

The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, is an historic, luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Kansas City's well-heeled Plaza neighborhood. The 1920s building has been beautifully maintained and elegantly furnished from the common areas to the rooms, the latter of which are all suites, furnished with granite countertops, Keurig coffee machines, and iPod docks. Chaz on the Plaza, the on-site restaurant, is a high-end favorite in the city and serves modern American regional cuisine amid white tablecloths and leather booths. The hotel has a modern gym, free valet parking, 24-hour room service, free Wi-Fi, and plenty of meeting and event space. The location is exceptional, just steps from Country Club Plaza, but you'll want a car to explore the rest of the city. This hotel and its restaurant may be pricey, but they have a lot to offer -- albeit no pool or spa -- in a great location.

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Scene

Historic boutique hotel with early 20th-century-inspired, upscale style

Originally a 1920s apartment property built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, the Raphael opened as a luxury boutique hotel in 2010. The old world charm extends from the lobby’s grand chandelier and wooden coffered ceilings to the overstuffed brown leather chairs in the upscale meeting rooms. Lavish red velvet armchairs and soft gray couches are complemented by oil paintings by local artists in the lobby, where coffee and tea are served daily; there's live music nightly, and a jazz brunch is held on Sundays, giving the lobby a convivial atmosphere at most times. Even the fitness center has polished wood flooring and lots of windows. Hallways have ornate designs on the wallpaper, while the outdoor seating area at the entrance has a fire pit. Carpets to ceilings, the hotel has an air of early 20th-century sophistication and elegance.

Location

In the heart of Kansas City's historic Plaza neighborhood, within walking distance of shops and restaurants

The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, is located on a tree-lined street in Kansas City’s historic Country Club Plaza neighborhood, where ritzy shops and restaurants are within walking distance. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Kansas City Repertory Theatre are both under a five-minute drive away, and the National WWI Museum, Historic Westport, Kansas City Zoo, and downtown Kansas City are all under a 15-minute drive from the hotel. A car is necessary to see the main attractions, although the surrounding area is pleasant to explore on foot. The hotel offers free valet and self-parking.

Rooms

Contemporary yet vintage-inspired luxury suites with upscale amenities

Yellow plaid wallpaper, green drapes, and floral bed adornments add pops of color to each of the elegant suites at The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, while high-end, dark wood furniture adds extra richness. A Keurig machine with gourmet coffee and tea is in each room, as is a mini-fridge, snack-filled minibar, iPod dock, bathrobes, and free daily newspaper; microwaves are available upon request. Some suites have sofas and large dining tables. Bathrooms have impeccably clean antique-style white tiling and black granite countertops, as well as deep soaking tubs, modern silver fixtures, and signature toiletries. Some bathrooms also have tiled walk-in rainfall showers and separate large soaking tubs.

Features

Acclaimed restaurant, modern fitness center, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, and free valet parking -- but no spa or pool

As an urban luxury hotel, the Raphael's crowning glory is its acclaimed, popular restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza. It serves modern American regional cuisine with seasonally changing menus, and attracts guests and discerning locals alike. The price tag is a bit higher than what you'll find at many restaurants in the area, but it's worth it. There's also a jazz brunch on Sundays, and, one day per week, the chef does a cooking demonstration in the lobby.

Concierge services are available, as are 24-hour room service and free valet parking. Limo or town car service is available for a fee. The fitness center is a good size and includes several different types of equipment, but there is no pool. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. There's also a business center and extensive meeting and event spaces.

Live music is held each night in the lobby lounge area and, on spring and summer weekends, there is live jazz on the front lawn.

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Address

325 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, Missouri 64112-2111, United States

Phone

816-756-3800

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