Kansas City, Missouri
21c Museum Hotel Kansas City
What it is
A 120-room gem tucked within the 1888 former Savoy Hotel, with its own on-site art museum and a restaurant that hosted President Truman.
What it isn't
Equipped with a spa. But after a restorative, heart-pumping workout in their 24-hour fitness center, you won’t need one.
What we think
When maximally creative brand 21C took over the historic Savoy hotel, locals fretted a bit. What would happen with the storied carved-wood bar that served everyone from John D. Rockefeller and Theodore Roosevelt alike? Knowing a good thing when they see it, they kept it—upgrading it for the modern era and thoroughly revamping the menu (don’t miss the bacon wrapped cherry peppers and the key lime profiteroles for dessert.) In the rooms, they started with a clean slate, hiring local firm Hufft Projects and New York starchitect Deborah Berke to create what’s arguably KC’s best stay: each one stocked with serene original art pieces and Malin + Goetz toiletries. Starting rooms are well-sized (beginning at 328 square feet), but we love the 21C Suite: it has a 925-square-foot floor plan, a separate living area, and it’s fitted with its own 500-square-foot terrace with a prime panorama of the cityscape.
You're here because
You’re unabashedly obsessed with art, and staying in an actual museum is maaaybe the coolest thing you’ve ever done. Among the pieces on display right now? A lindenwood-carved sculpture of a boy wielding a brush by Italian artist Gerhard Demetz.
After an afternoon ogling even more art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, there’s only one thing on your mind: cheersing a day well spent. Ensconced in your tufted purple banquette at The Savoy, you order a flower-topped Garden Song cocktail, with cherry pepper brine, pink peppercorn sherry and Vodka. Lucky you: it’s spring in a glass.
Restaurants & Bars
The Savoy- Modern Midwest cuisine
Smack dab in the heart of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, a seven minute drive from the must-see Negro Leagues Baseball Museum—where you can see the real-life equipment of players from 1920 to 1962, including of Josh Gibson, who had a higher batting average than Babe Ruth and reportedly hit more home runs than anyone else in history.