21c Museum Hotel Kansas City
What We Love
- 6,200 square feet of onsite gallery space, with a regularly rotating contemporary art collection
- An inspiring compilation of quotes by famous artists at your bedside
- Playful purple sofas in each of the 120 guest rooms
- Updated spins on vintage American classics, like Lobster Newburg and Baked Alaska, at the hotel bistro
What To Know
- The lobby’s neon glass chandelier is the work of Japanese artists Ken and Julia Yonetani
- The property’s restaurant contains a banquette once used by President Harry S. Truman
- The hotel’s fitness center is housed in a former airshaft
- The 21c Suite has its own rooftop, with sweeping Missouri River views
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Standing on the site of the 101-year-old Savoy Hotel and Grill, this edgy art-centric property perks up Kansas City’s financial district
The eighth addition to the 21c portfolio, the heartland edition of this pioneering hospitality brand is all sorts of charismatic. Guests enter through a ramped hallway lit by flickering violet LED lights (intended to mimic the Kansas City skies) to a sprawling ground level exhibition space designed by New York-based architecture firm Deborah Burke Partners (a consistent favorite for the Louisville-based boutique chain), which wows with provocative shows that explore themes like borders and migration. Rooms are decidedly more sober, save for the bright purple sofas and original travel photographs by 21c co-founder Laura Lee Brown. Tasteful remnants of the former Savoy, including stained glass windows, porcelain vessel sinks, and turn-of-the-century murals by Edward Holslag serve as gentle reminders of a Victorian past life. Millennial trimmings like a chef-driven restaurant, a gift shop that prioritizes local crafts, and a rooftop terrace bar with panoramic downtown views shuttle you right back to the future.
In the Area
The hotel is almost equidistant from both the Power & Light District, chock full of enticing shopping and dining options, and River Market, the site of a weekend display of over 140 stalls hawking fresh flowers, baked goods, and other local bounty. Get a glimpse of the city’s frontier days (and 200 tons of sunken treasure) at the nearby Arabia Steamboat Museum or catch a concert at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts designed by the renowned Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. For the best souvenirs, head to the Crossroads Arts District, which is lined with jewelry boutiques, stationery emporiums, and chocolate shops.
How to Get There
There are more reasonably priced options out there, people are great, rooms nice ( they better be) the museum ? I question that nomenclature just a bunch of odd and somewhat poor taste items. Everyone was Johnny on the spot.
Great stay. You’ll find slightly cheaper options, but it’s worth the few additional dollars. My friends and I had a great time. A short Uber ride to Power and Light area and all other fun neighborhoods.
Loved this hotel. In a historical building, cool museum, good part of town, easy walk to trolley, Sprint Stadium, restaurants. The Savoy Bar and Grille at hotel wonderful...great food, ambiance, drinks.
Recommend highly. One thing to note, interior rooms don’t have window to outside, but to interior “courtyard “. Wasn’t a problem for us, but might be for some.
Superb quality of furnishings, Great downtown location, superior staff, and the best pillows you'll ever find. Unique architecture and beautiful rooms. But don't expect to get yourself a bucket of ice...you'll have to call for staff to do that which is just a tad inconvenient. Overall, fantastic place to stay. Highly recommend
We were excited about every aspect of the 21c except we quickly discovered our room smelled like vomit. Staff seemed to know that was the case and tried to disguise the smell, but were unable to help us change rooms because the hotel was full. Seems like they should have swapped out the carpet before someone else stayed there (things happen), but that ended up making it a very disappointing experience in what should have been a cool space. Hopefully they fix it for the next person.