Home to the fictional character of Dorothy (of Wizard of Oz fame), Kansas lies at the heart of the US. From the expansive prairies that stretch as far as the eye can see to the charming small towns that exude Americana, Kansas offers a journey into the essence of the Heartland. In the city, you can immerse yourself in Midwest culture, via museums, galleries and performance venues. Discover the historic architecture of the Country Club Plaza, see the iconic fountains that grace the city’s landscape, enjoy the Jazz and Power and Light Districts’ nightlife, or simply relax by the riverfront.
Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton
A former haberdashery, this building dates back to the 1930s, its 20 storeys rendering it a longtime landmark on the city horizon. Look out for lots of original features, including the mail chute which runs the full height of the property and a gold-winged statue representing the goddess Dawn. In its current life as a hotel, Phillips Kansas City offers 216 bedrooms, equipped with luxurious amenities like C.O Bigelow bath products and Keurig coffee, some with claw foot tubs. Don’t miss cocktails at the Speakeasy, where the hotel’s art deco finesse is at its peak, dinner at Tavernonna and nightcaps in the Diamond Lounge.
The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
Experience European elegance in the middle of America at The Raphael. In receipt of accolades including the Best Historic Hotel award from Historic Hotels Worldwide and a Wine Spectator Award, it has a vintage appeal. Chaz Restaurant and Lounge provides all-day dining with nightly live jazz music. And all 126 bedrooms come with a king bed, pillowtop mattress, 300-thread count sheets, hypoallergenic pillows and an iPod docking station. Top-level suites have up to two bedrooms, water-jetted tubs and dressing areas. Book a package to complement your special trip, in a hotel that’s popular with honeymooners.
Loews Kansas City Hotel
Launched in 2020, this downtown hotel accommodates a whopping 800 guestrooms. Additionally, it has a lobby bar, a grab-and-go coffee shop, an indoor saltwater swimming pool and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The Stilwell Restaurant and Bar serves American classics for sit-in and take-out. While the Horsefeather Social provides views of the Performing Arts Center over light meals. A bridge connects the Loews Hotel to the Kansas City Convention Center, the streetcar is right outside and many attractions are walkable, including the Power and Light District.