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
- 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.).
How to Get There
We stayed at The Raphael following a Chief's game vs.the Ravens. We enjoyed the hospitality, ambiance and rich history of this property. Would definitely recommend The Raphael to anyone staying in Kansas City.
Was expecting something different, or nicer when I rented a presidential suite. It was nice but very small and on the third floor. So view wasn't anything to write home about. Won't be returning, for the money there are many other better options.
I’ve been a long standing Marriott loyal member and have stayed in their properties all over the world.
I understand raising rates for the holidays but this place is the worst for the price.
We had a regular king room. Small bathroom, thin walls. The price for two nights - 850.00.
For the life of me I can’t understand the attraction to this old, stuffy hotel.
The only positive was the great service in the bar.
Marriott members - don’t stay here
I've stayed here every Thanksgiving weekend for the past several years. Many of the staff are familiar and they often remember my name.
This is not your typical business or vacation hotel. That expectation would disappoint. For a quiet, relaxed, and intimate atmosphere, it's hard to beat.
My wife and I have been staying at The Raphael Hotel for well over ten years. The staff are always friendly, know us by name. The hotel restaurant serves excellent food, makes a good Manhattan or martini and the live music in the bar is always a delight. We've met some nice people while sitting listening to the jazz. You are a short walk to The Plaza and all the shopping, including The Classic Cup Cafe for breakfast. The number of five star restaurants within walking distance is more than adequate. If you like to shop, this is the place to stay. If you don't like to shop, then this is the place to stay.