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
This is the oldest hotel in Kansas City and it was renovated into a 21C Museum Hotel. The art works were really interesting and the restaurant, the Savoy, was very good as well. We would definitely stay here again.
Some boutique hotels can seem more style than substance but the 21c Museum Hotel was excellent in all respects. Friendly and attentive staff, gorgeous historic bar and restaurant, wonderful modern art, and the rooms were an excellent blend of modern style with lush comfort. Just a short walk downhill to the free Main Street streetcar as well. Would stay here again.
The property was clean, modern (tempered by the historical nature of the building and neighborhood) and there were green features to the operation without being overzealous or compromising the quality of the stay.