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
Quick check in and early! Room was amazing and staff was super friendly. No problems. An awesome space! Things were very well kept and furnished. It was like staying at a 5 star resort for a three star price.
These hotels are amazing. I’ve eaten at the one in Louisville & viewed their installation and have eaten at the one in Nashville (where I live), but this was my first time staying at one! My room was enormous (and to my knowledge just a regular room as that is what I booked). Well appointed, stylish and lots of space. The installation in the lobby was fantastic. Overall a great hotel!!
My company held a three day offsite meeting for ~70 people and we had a fantastic experience. The hotel is lovely, with beautiful rooms that include nice touches like nice toiletries, stylish decor, and instructions on what to do in a zombie apocalypse. The staff, particularly Ellen and the rest of the event staff, were so professional, friendly and accommodating. They took care of everything, were always around to help us, and looked for every way to make our experience great. The food was hands down the best I've ever had at any corporate event. I'm still dreaming of the polenta. Kudos to the chef!
The art in the hotel added that extra special something to the experience, and the moveable penguins provided endless fun for our team.
If you have a corporate event or just want a fun hotel for business or leisure travel in Kansas City, definitely stay here.
We just ran our annual US team meeting (about 60 people) at the 21c, and from the first interactions with the hotel, we knew we were in good hands. This is the 9th one of these i have organized in various cities across the US, and by far was the easiest to plan and the most accommodating staff.
Our event coordinator Ellen was one step ahead of us the whole time, and ensured that we were well taken care of. The event was a huge success (I would go as far as to say flawless), a lot of which can be contributed to Ellen and her awesome team! Everyone was super attentive and added special touches that already has the team asking if we can just go back there.
I have to say a highlight for me (when I knew 21c had the best customer service) was when at checkin one of our attendees had to change her booking to remove a night due to a death in the family - and 15 min later she had a knock on her door with milk and cookies. That's customer service.
If you're planning an event, or just staying a night or two in KC, stay at the 21c. You won't be disappointed.
We booked the 21c hotel in Kansas City for a 3 days conference with 60 dieticians. The hotel is a boutique hotel with a lot of character. The team was great, with had an amazing time.
The food is EXCELLENT (our dieticians loved it), the accomodation rooms great and the meeting venue really original with a lot of light. Thank you to the 21c team that made our stay exceptionnal. I highly recommend.