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
Can't fault this place at all. Wonderful staff, large, clean and beautiful rooms, great gym, and well located. Stayed here overnight on business, which was perfect. Quick to check-in and check-out, they had everything at my disposal. The breakfast is not buffet but you can order to room.
Used to stay here when it was the Savoy Hotel. Now that it is 21C it has been completely renovated from top to bottom and is a wonderful place to stay. Will be back. The art work around the facility was really interesting and you have to visit the bar/lounge as it is a cool throw back to an earlier time.
Great room, great help, the view was beautiful. The penguin statues kept moving around which entertained us to pieces. The art was unique and fun to look at and made us think. It was close to the streetcar and we got to our destination easily thanks to the help of the employees. I slept so well. Thank you!
I can’t say enough about this hotel; but I will try my best. The hotel’s staff is fabulous - they are always going above & beyond for guests. The rooms are lovely and clean. The beds are fantastic. The food is some of the best I have ever had - the filet was cooked to perfection and the chicken was to die for. Art, art, art - it is everywhere (displayed throughout the hotel). Building is a historic one and has been rehabbed beautifully. Make sure you visit the Neilson-Atkins Museum of Art while in KC. Enjoy!
Room and experience was great!!! Much better deal for the money than any hotel on the Country Club Plaza. I would definitely stay there again. The valet parking charge was a little excessive for a weekend visit.