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Kansas City Hotel Named to Travel Leisure T L 500 World's Best Hotels List, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

The Raphael Hotel of Kansas City, Missouri, was voted one of the 500 world's best hotels by readers of Travel Leisure magazine for the third consecutive year in 2013 and was cited as one of the world's best values among the hotels making the T L 500 list.

US News ranks Raphael city's best

See what reviewers have to say about Kansas City's historic boutique hotel.

Condé Nast Traveler rates Raphael one of best in Midwest

The Raphael is the only Kansas City hotel voted one of the Midwest's top hotels by readers of the highly regarded international travel magazine. See other favorites

Raphael gives thumbs up to green lights

Raphael general manager Bill Carter explains why working with local company to install "green" exterior lighting was the right thing to do. See video

Kansas City's Visitors Choice Award-Winner

In the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association annual visitors survey contest, The Raphael Hotel was visitors' top choice for Kansas City hotels smaller than 300 rooms.

Kansas City's Best Boutique Hotel 2009, 2010 and 2012, 2013

KC Magazine readers voted The Raphael Hotel Kansas City's best boutique hotel.

National Register of Historic Places - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Member of Historic Hotels of America

The Italian Renaissance Revival-style structure of The Raphael Hotel was originally built in 1927, as a nine-story apartment building in Kansas City. At the time, it was known as the Villa Serena, adjacent to Kansas City's Country Club Plaza district. After extensive renovation, the landmark property reopened in September 1975, as The Raphael Hotel.
The restoration preserved the building's vintage style and classic design, and provided the modern comforts contemporary travelers expect. In 1999, the Raphael Hotel became a member of Historic Hotels of America. It has been a pioneer in the "boutique hotel" concept. This revolutionary concept's design offers individualistic accommodations with European character, intimacy, and charm, as well as personalized service and exceptional value.

Autograph Collection in Kansas City

Kansas City's original boutique hotel is affiliated with Marriott International's Autograph Collection in the iconic historic hotel category. The Autograph Collection is a portfolio of upscale, independent hotels and resorts, each with a distinctive personality. Benefits to guests include the opportunity to earn Marriott Rewards points for stays at affiliated hotels.

Chaz on the Plaza - A Kansas City Favorite

At the top of any list of Kansas City's most romantic restaurants, The Raphael Hotel's signature restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza Restaurant and Lounge, is a local favorite among a special category of lovers - foodies. Chaz features modern, regional American cuisine with roots in French fundamentals and textured by influences throughout the world. The menu follows the seasons, accommodating the natural cycle of heartland agriculture.

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