The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- Steps from the boutique-lined Country Club Plaza shopping area
- Room service offered around the clock
- Old World glamour kept in tact from its early 20th-century roots
What To Know
- The property is a historic landmark, so the rooms are on the small side
- Pets are not allowed
- Downtown nightlife and shopping are about a 5-minute walk away
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opened as a luxe apartment building in 1928, this Italian Renaissance revival landmark got a boutique hotel upgrade, transforming its 126 guestrooms into light-filled aeries with high thread-count sheets, Keurig coffee makers and flat-screen TVs. Downstairs, Chaz on the Plaza serves regional American dishes like a Colorado rack of lamb with broccoli, lamb-sumac fries and muscovite sauce, in a clubby dining room with walnut-trimmed walls. Music enthusiasts will dig the live music offered Tuesday through Sunday and the regional wines on offer in the lounge, a nice warm-up to a night out in Kansas City’s blues and rock venues.
In the Area
Kansas City is a music city, and you can tune into its blues and rock roots scene with a walk through the flashy Power & Light District. Join the young set near midnight at the Mutual Musicians Foundation for a glimpse of the city’s underground scene. For a taste of Kansas City BBQ, tuck into the famous dry-rubbed meats at Arthur Bryant’s — a KC original — the slow-smoked pulled pork at the family-owned Gates Bar-B-Q and the sweet beef brisket at Oklahoma Joe’s. Pair a shopping spree at the Spanish architecture-style Country Club Plaza, right outside the hotel doors, with a stroll down 18th Street for kitschy body suits at Peggy Noland and locally designed clothes at Spool (122 West 18th St.).