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Visitors to Kansas City will find streets filled with smoky barbecue restaurants, sparkling water fountains and jazz and blues music lingering in the air. Visitors can watch a ballgame, take in a concert, explore the art galleries or visit museums and breweries. When it’s time to rest up, visitors will find several great hotel options in trendy, up-and-coming Westport, the Power and Light District (the business and entertainment areas) and Country Club Plaza District, which is known for its shops and tourism attractions. Here are the best hotels in Kansas City.
Best Overall: The Fontaine
With an amazing location in Country Club Plaza, stylish décor and fantastic amenities, the 132-room, Fontaine is an excellent hotel. It has meeting spaces for business travelers, a chic and romantic setting for couples and outstanding service. The elegant solarium lounge is the perfect place to mingle over espresso or adult beverages while gazing out floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooftop pool and Mediterranean restaurant is another option for commanding city views. Guestrooms have a minimum of 400 square feet of space, wood floors, tapestry headboards, goose down pillows and docking stations, plus spacious baths with Italian marble and rainfall showers. TripAdvisor members gushed about the rooftop views and the beautiful design of the hotel.
Best Budget: Holiday Inn Express Kansas City Airport
For a comfortable stay and a wallet-friendly price, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites is a solid option. Located a mile from the Zona Rosa Shopping and Entertainment District and two miles from the airport, it’s ideal for travelers who are looking for an affordable stay just outside the downtown area. Guests can take a dip in the indoor heated pool and whirlpool or work out in the fitness center. Modern rooms have mini refrigerators, microwaves, work desks and stylish décor. There are plenty of other freebies such as a local shuttle around town or to the airport, parking and a full breakfast buffet.
Best Bed and Breakfast: Southmoreland Inn
Those who enjoy staying in classic bed and breakfasts will love the Southmoreland Inn on the Plaza, a cozy, 12-room spot located in the Country Club Plaza District. This beautiful home has the feel of a country western carriage house, with lovely sitting and dining areas for opportunities to mingle with other guests. During daily happy hour, wine is served in the dining area. And in the evenings you can stop by the kitchen for hot beverages and cookies. A fabulous breakfast is offered daily, and in the summer, there’s a weekend “breakfast barbecue” served outdoors. Each room is different, but features home-like décor such as four-poster brass or wooden beds, deep soaking tubs, fireplaces and private decks or balconies.
Best for Families: Drury Inn Suites Kansas City Stadium
If you’re in town on a family getaway and are looking for a kid-friendly hotel, the Drury Inn and Suites is a great choice. Located within walking distance to two stadiums, families can catch a Royals’ baseball game or watch the Kansas City Chiefs play football. Downtown is just a 15-minute drive and it's also near Worlds of Fun amusement park and the Kansas City Zoo. The 123 hotel rooms have contemporary décor, mini refrigerators, microwaves and a hot breakfast buffet included in the price. Kids can make a splash in the outdoor pool or snack on free popcorn and soda in the afternoons. Parents can enjoy the afternoon social hour with free adult beverages and appetizers.
Best Luxury: Ambassador Hotel
Part of the posh Ambassador Collection, the 43-room Ambassador Hotel is housed in the former Gate City National Bank (which dates back to the 1920s) and combines historic charm with modern luxury. Rooms have a minimum of 390 square feet of space, with marble baths, plush robes, turndown service, as well as chic décor with white leather furnishings, plum and smoky gray throw pillows and premium bedding. For a casual evening, a gorgeous lobby restaurant and bar serve American fare, but there are also several dining options just steps from the hotel. A car service is provided for transportation around the immediate area.
Best for Romance: The Raphael Hotel
Built in 1927 as apartments for the wealthy residents of Kansas City, the Raphael Hotel now has 126 beautifully designed rooms. It's a setting that is perfect for a romantic getaway. Located in the Country Plaza District, Kansas City’s premier neighborhood for shopping, the hotel dazzles guests even before entering the gorgeous, chandelier-lined lobby. Couples can dine at the Chaz on the Plaza and listen to live jazz music while they enjoy locally inspired dishes. Gorgeous, designer rooms and suites have plush pillow-topped bedding, docking stations, Keurig coffee brewers, bathrobes and mini refrigerators. There’s also a fitness center, free parking and electric car charging stations.
Best Boutique: AC Hotel Kansas City Westport
For a modern, boutique-style hotel, the 123-room, AC Hotel in Kansas City has sleek and stylish minimalist designs in the heart of the historic Westport neighborhood. Steps away from restaurants, shopping and bars, the AC features European style and service. A sleek, on-site bar serves craft cocktails and tapas items, while a morning breakfast buffet of pastries, yogurts and cheese is available for an additional charge. Rooms have oversized windows, wood floors, rain shower heads, Earth-toned décor and free Wi-Fi. A free shuttle transports guests around the area and parking is included. TripAdvisor members loved the location in trendy Westport and noted that it was still close to Country Club Plaza.
Best Business: Hyatt Place Kansas City Airport
With a convenient location near the airport and ample meeting space, the Hyatt Place Kansas City Airport is a great choice for business travelers. The 134 rooms have soft, comfortable mattresses, sleeper couches in separated living areas, mini refrigerators and spacious baths with granite countertops. Breakfast is included with your stay. A restaurant serving American fare is open 24 hours for an additional charge. Guests can also stop by the coffee and cocktail bar for beverages, take a dip in the outdoor pool or workout in the 24-hour fitness center. Parking is free and the hotel also has a courtesy shuttle to the airport, KCI Expo Center and other major stops within a three-mile radius to make getting around town a breeze.
Best for Nightlife: Hotel Phillips
Part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, the 216-room Hotel Phillips is a solid choice for travelers who are in town to experience the nightlife of Kansas City, but prefer a unique hotel. The 20-story, Art-Deco building maintains its historic charm with bronze and nickel metalwork, stylish light fixtures and an original lobby statue from 1931. Situated in the Power and Light District, the hotel is two blocks from Kansas City Live, which is a sprawling covered outdoor plaza full of night clubs, bars, and restaurants. The Sprint Center arena is also nearby for live concerts. Rooms have silver shaded décor, upholstered headboards, USB charging outlets, Keurig coffee makers, farmhouse-style bathroom doors and premium bath products.