The Raphael Hotel in Kansas City is a boutique hotel with just over 100 rooms. The hotel building was built in 1928. Arriving at the hotel, guests will walk through a glassed archway into a lobby that has been freshly restored. The lobby restoration is part of a large rehabilitation project going on in stages at the hotel that began in 2008 and will be continuing for the next few years. Calling ahead to discuss rooms, guests can specifically request to be in updated suites.
Rooms are available as a suites or standards. King beds or doubles are the only options. Bathrooms in the un-refurbished areas of the hotel were labeled as small by many guest reviews, but new bathrooms are more spacious and accommodating.
The public areas of the hotel got high marks, although most visitors preferred to be out exploring the surrounding Westport shopping and entertainment area instead of staying in the hotel. Business services and limited numbers of conference rooms are available. The hotel is a good choice for those attending a conference nearby, but not suitable for hosting a large conference gathering of your own.
Staff received good marks for friendliness and knowledge of the area. Restaurant and shopping recommendations were well received by guests in reviews. Also, many guests remarked that despite the on-going construction, noise from the renovation process is minimal and the hotel is taking pains to ensure that guests are not inconvenienced by the process.
Uniquely for central hotel locations, the Raphael Hotel offers guests free parking. Shuttle services are available for those heading to the Convention Center, Sprint Center or airport, and town car services can also be arranged. Live music is hosted in the Raphael lounge each weekend, and there is an onsite restaurant as well. There is a fitness center but not a pool area. The hotel is less kid-friendly than some, but does make a good retreat for couples and business professionals.