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
Like most 21C's, Kansas City has saved an historic building and made it into a hotel with lots of modern art, great dining and a unique bar. The hotel used to be the Savoy but there are have been major renovations and modifications. The rooms are well appointed, the elevators fast, the common spaces full of art. The Bar is pretty much the way it was in the 30's which is great. Like all 21C's the customer service is as good as it gets. Their "Just say yes" attitude works very much to the advantage of the customers. You won't be disappointed with your stay here.
What an amazing place! Loved the history of the building and that it has been nicely renovated yet the history kept in tact. Very comfortable room and the quietest hotel I’ve ever stayed in! The bar in the Savoy was incredible as was the bartender! I wish I would have gotten her name because she rocked! She was very friendly and knowledgeable and didn’t mind chatting with us about different liquors or letting us watch her carve the ice for one of our drinks called The Godfather...so good!! The history in the bar is original and gorgeous! I highly recommend 21c...from the room, to the bar, to the art....wonderful place to stay!
It's a lovely place and it's awesome how they restored the old Savoy Restaurant! All of the 21c's that I've been to (Cincinnati, Louisville, Bentonville, & now KC!) have always had great art on display, but this was the 1st time I've ever stayed in one of their hotel rooms. It's a little bit of a shaky start: The hot water ran out after just a few minutes (like 5-8 minutes or so) and that's a bit of a deal-breaker for me. Also, I made rookie mistake and didn't put out the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door knob and the housekeeping staff were a bit relentless, knocking at 9am and then again at 10:30am. Check out it is at 11am, can't the front desk communicate with them about which rooms have checked out or not?
We stay at 21c hotels whenever possible. This hotel is new (opened in July 2018) and maintains a very high standard in cleanliness and quality furnishings, You can tell a lot of thought goes into furnishing and decorating the rooms; the bed was very comfortable. There is artwork throughout the hotel. The staff are friendly and accommodating. There is an historic restaurant in the hotel (The Savoy) that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; the food is very good (the Savoy restaurant was a favorite of Harry Truman). There are also some small Cafes (e.g. Banksia) and bars (e.g. Milwaukee Delicatessen Company) within easy walking distance of the hotel. There is self-park and valet parking.
We booked two adjoining rooms and had a FABULOUS experience. Staff members in all departments were very ATTENTIVE, PROFESSIONAL, HELPFUL, and FRIENDLY. The rooms have very special appointments and are very comfortable. The comfy bath robes are especially nice. We would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this property. Be sure to request rooms with outside windows, as the views are great through the oversize windows.