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.).
How to Get There
I’m here all the time for business and after trying the Raphael I will not be staying anywhere else. The staff is wonderful. Special shout out to Curtis, Jason and the sweet girl at the front desk. They are great but Curtis always goes above and beyond for me. Thank you!
The room is beautiful and occasionally get wonderful upgrades depending on capacity.
The restaurant/bar is a great escape after a long day as well.
I always look forward to coming to KC for work and there is no better spot to end my day than the Raphael.
The Raphael is an elegant historical hotel on the Plaza. The service was wonderful and such a quiet hotel to sleep. We enjoyed the King Suite. And you can enjoy a nice walk on the plaza to great restaurants and shopping. We also treated with a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne also chocolates.
The Raphael is my favorite place to stay and I stay in hotels almost every week on business. Every time I go to Kansas City, I look forward to staying at The Raphael. It feels like a luxury resort. The rooms are fabulous, the food is amazing, live jazz in the bar and outstanding customer service...a "we say yes" attitude from everyone you meet. Kudos to this team!
This 20th c former apartment building now converted to an upscale hotel still has a palpable residential feeling of luxury and privacy. Rooms are beautifully appointed with quality furniture. fine fixtures throughout and great views of the city (with the right exposure). Staff is exceptionally accommodating and property is conveniently located near many good shops and restaurants. There's usually a Jazz musician featured in the dining room which maybe worthwhile.
The hotel is in a great location and with Marriott owning it the staff and overall experience is very good.
The staff are great, food very good and in a great location.
We had a suite that had a bathroom you would expect in an efficiency.
It is tiny and could have been brought up to today’s standards easily but wasn’t.
Overall good experience but they need to improve the bath areas.