If These Walls Could Talk


The stories behind six historic Kansas City hotels:


HILTON PRESIDENT KANSAS CITY

A year after opening, this grand palace served as the headquarters for the Republican National Convention. (The year was 1928 and Herbert Hoover was the nominee.) After sitting empty for 25 years, the hotel returned to its classic charm in 2005—complete with its legendary Drum Room restaurant, where greats like Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline and the Marx Brothers once performed. The AAA Four-Diamond property still boasts a prime location, nestled at the door of the new downtown entertainment district. 

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THE ELDRIDGE

History and hospitality converge at The Eldridge. The hotel’s corner spot was originally home to the Free State, which was torched in 1855 by pro-slavery forces. A second incarnation, the Eldridge House, was also destroyed—this time by Quantrill’s Raid in 1863, the infamous attack by border ruffians that left most of the city in ruins. Like Lawrence itself, the hotel rose from the ashes, thriving on the site for more than 100 years. Revamped in 2005, the fourth-generation Eldridge is once again doing business on Lawrence’s “most historic corner.” 

ALADDIN HOLIDAY INN

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this boutique hotel has been a fixture of downtown KC since 1926. Easy to spot for its blue terra-cotta roof, the Aladdin was once the tallest building in Kansas City. During its heyday, the hotel played host to mob bosses and celebrities alike; heavy-hitters like Mickey Mantle and Greta Garbo were among the famous guests to bed down. The vintage hip Aladdin made its big comeback in 2007 as part of downtown’s revitalization. Characterized by its swanky décor and bold color scheme, the Aladdin is a prime example of KC’s love for everything Art Deco.

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SOUTHMORELAND ON THE PLAZA

Less than two blocks from the famed Country Club Plaza, this New England-style B&B operates out of a gorgeous 1913 Colonial Revival home. From Russell Stover to Thomas Hart Benton, each of the 12 stately guest rooms is named after a prominent Kansas Citian, bearing room décor that reflects the namesake’s personal history or the era in which he or she lived. And the accommodations aren’t the only thing getting attention at this Mobil Four Star property (a six-time winner); the inn’s gourmet barbecue breakfast has twice been featured on The Food Network. 

THE RAPHAEL HOTEL

Originally constructed as the Villa Serena Apartments in 1927, this Spanish Renaissance Revival building was transformed into the elegant Raphael in 1975. Voted one of the world’s best places to stay by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast, the upscale boutique just completed a multi-million-dollar revamp in 2009, strutting a new look while holding tight to its 20s authenticity at the same time. In addition to a fresh décor that you can almost hear pop, the Raphael’s house eatery (Chaz on the Plaza) is quickly redefining what it means to be a hotel restaurant. 

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HOTEL PHILLIPS

This historic hotel was once billed as the home of a “Room and a Bath for Two and a Half” (or $2.50). Although its signature rate didn’t stand the test of time, the hotel’s extravagance is still intact. Reopened in 2001 after a $20 million renovation, the opulence is captivating as ever. The Phillips is a frequent feature in national travel magazines, including Southern Living, which praised the Phillips for its alluring, “Gatsby-esque" appeal.  

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Hotels in KC

21c Museum Hotel

Now open! The update of this iconic hotel will feature 120 guest rooms, including 17 suites, a contemporary art museum, and chef-driven restaurant and bar lead by Chef Joe West and Director Scott Tipton. The 21c team hopes the project will be a catalyst for additional economic development of downtown Kansas City.

Adam's Mark Hotel & Conference Center

The Adam's Mark Hotel is a full-service hotel located adjacent to the Truman Sports Complex, the home of the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. All 369 guestrooms and suites are spacious and well-appointed. Every detail is designed with your comfort in mind. The Adam's Mark Hotel offers a full-service restaurant, market, in-room dining, free car and motor coach parking, 24-hour fitness facility, free wi-fi, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, whirlpool and 24-hour business center.

Adams Pointe Conference Center & Courtyard by Marriott- Blue Springs

Located 20 miles east of downtown Kansas City, Courtyard Kansas City East/Blue Springs offers ideal accommodations for business or leisure. We're connected to the Adams Pointe Conference Center, as well as the Adams Pointe Golf Club for great events and golf getaways. Next door to our hotel is a new shopping center, Adams Dairy Landing, which features many new stores and resturants. Our Kansas City, MO hotel features spacious rooms with luxurious bedding, pull-out sofa bed and high-speed Internet. Start your day with a workout in our fitness center.

America's Best Value Inn & Suites - Kansas City/Downtown

Americas Best Value Inn and Suites Kansas City offers economy accommodations in Kansas City, MO, approximately 15 miles from Kansas City International Airport and about two miles from downtown. Guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast with their room rate. The property's amenities include free local calls, ice machine, interior corridors, safe deposit boxes, and free parking. Standard room amenities include air-conditioning, cable TV, iron, ironing board, and a telephone.

Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City

Designated as the 2012 "Best Casino” by Ingram’s Magazine, the 2011 Kansas City Magazine’s “Best of Kansas City” readers’ poll and 2011 Best Casino in Home in the Northland Magazine’s readers’ poll, Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City has become known as one of the largest and most impressive casinos in the country. Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City also was awarded Best Steakhouse, Best Buffet, Best Live Poker and Best Tournaments in the 2012 Casino Player Magazine’s “Best of Gaming” awards.

Best Western Plus

Just outside of Kansas City, MO, the Best Western Plus hotel in Lees Summit is your headquarters for enjoying sports, outdoors and many nearby attractions Worlds of Fun, the Kansas City Zoo, Arrowhead Stadium, Kauffman Stadium, Independence Event Center and is surrounded by three lakes. Guests of the will enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center and business center. All spacious guest rooms include desk, hair dryer, iron and ironing board.

Comfort Inn & Suites-Kansas City

This Comfort Inn & Suites is located directly across from Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun and 15 miles from Kansas City International Airport. There is an indoor swimming pool on site, as well as a fitness room. In the morning, a complimentary hot breakfast is served and free weekday newspapers are available. The Comfort Inn & Suites also offers 24-hour free coffee, interior corridors, free local calls, safety deposit, and a parking area. All rooms have air-conditioning, clock radios, hairdryers, and cable TV.