City’s Best: The Raphael Hotel

Kansas City has its fair share of Boutique Hotels for the perfect “Staycation” but our readers have put one above all other worthy contenders.

An employee of The Raphael Hotel since its 1975 opening, Pamela McClain has witnessed waves of renovations to the building, each leaving distinctive marks. However, like the original mahogany-painted ceiling–leftover from the location’s days as the Villa Serena Apartments–some things have remained consistent through each transformation, such as the hotel’s 1920s vintage decor, historic character, irresistible charm and hospitable staff devoted to creating a carefree stay for every guest who strolls across the marble floors in the grand lobby. 

“All of the associates here are so committed to providing an enjoyable and memorable experience to everybody,” explains McClain. “We try to make every stay with us a special occasion.”

Such consistency in excellence has garnered The Raphael numerous awards, including a 2013 Travel+Leisure World’s Best Award as 22nd best among large city hotels in the continental U.S.