The Raphael is a nationally acclaimed hotel that represents the best attributes of Kansas City, a surprisingly beautiful and cosmopolitan midwestern city. Situated adjacent to the Country Club Plaza, the city’s premier shopping, dining and cultural district, The Raphael provides convenient access to major attractions, including the downtown arts, business and convention district, museums, entertainment venues, sports and parks. The 9-story, Italian Revival Renaissance landmark is abundantly rich in history, yet The Raphael’s enduring success and timeless appeal are testament more to the owners’ attentiveness to innovating and finding new ways to improve the guest experience than to its 1920s vintage architectural charms. A portfolio of unique packages showcasing the city’s premier attractions is designed to create an authentic experience for the pleasure traveler.
The Raphael features 126 guest accommodations, including 82 signature suites; 6 presidential suites featuring master bathroom with flat screen TV, two-person water-jetted tub and walk-in shower; 8 ADA compliant suites and deluxe guest rooms, one with roll-in shower; and 30 deluxe guest rooms. All are non-smoking rooms, residential in character and furnished in traditional styles. Amenities include complimentary valet and self parking, fitness room and business center in addition to modern in-room conveniences such as gourmet coffee, free hi-speed Internet, luxury bedding, generous French terry towels and robes, and custom-scented bath and body products.
The Raphael Hotel offers stylish meeting spaces intimate business events, conferences and dinners. Gracious in design and amenities, our two meeting rooms are outfitted with cutting-edge technology and support to enhance your Kansas City event. The Blue Beacon Boardroom features an executive conference table and plush leather chairs. The Plaza View Meeting Room accommodates classroom style meetings, sit-down dinners and cocktail receptions up to 50 people. Signature suites with a parlor and dining table are perfect for small meetings and breakouts. Chaz on the Plaza is a chic eatery for receptions, dinners, banquets, cocktail parties, and private meetings. Our talented chefs and catering team can create menus and wine pairings for your event.
Dining and musical entertainment are central to The Raphael guest experience. Chaz on the Plaza, the hotel’s signature restaurant and lounge, is a destination restaurant unlike any other Kansas City restaurant. Chaz embodies the unique culture, history and spirit of the city. The atmosphere is warm and clublike, but with an energetic vibe. Menus feature a distinctive brand of modern, regional American cuisine and change seasonally to celebrate heartland taste and bounty. Chaz is a 2016 recipient of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Ingram’s Most Romantic Restaurant and PitchWeekly’s Best Hotel Restaurant. Chaz Lounge presents live music nightly and during Weekend Jazz Brunch. Chaz weekly food and drink features include a delectable array of seasonal offerings.
William D. Carter, General Manager, The Raphael Hotel
Bill joined Lighthouse Properties in 2012, bringing with more than 25 years of management experience in independent and national brand hotels. Prior to his appointment, he was general manager of the historic Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria, Illinois. Since joining The Raphael, he has led a team that has earned an unprecedented two Autograph Collection Hotel of the Year Awards by Marriott International (2013 and 2016). In addition, he was named Marriott International 2014 Americas Franchise General Manager of the Year.
Tim Brice, Director of Sales, The Raphael
Tim joined the company in 2011, bringing with him a lifetime of diverse hospitality experience. He began his career in high school as a busboy at the Alameda Plaza Hotel, a Five Diamond luxury property in Kansas City. After college, he returned to the Alameda where he gained management experience in rooms, restaurants, and front office operations. Prior to joining the company, he held general management positions with Promus Hotels at the Embassy Suites Plaza. and Hampton Inn and Hilton Garden Inn properties in Connecticut.
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Testimonials and Awards
Elegance and sophistication
We spent the night here for my birthday. The room is so beautiful and elegantly appointed. We requested a room overlooking the Plaza so we could see the Christmas lights. The staff is always very kind and helpful. The restaurant is truly outstanding. All the Plaza shops are just across the street so you can walk everywhere you need to go.
Travel + Leisure T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels, Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Choice Top 10 Hotels in the Midwest, AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Travel Guide Four Star, U.S. News Travel #1 in Best Kansas City Hotels, Midwest Traveler Best of the Midwest, Boutique Hotel, Ingram’s Best Hotel Silver, PitchWeekly Best Hotel, Visitkc Visitor’s Choice Award, Best Hotel Under 300 Rooms, Historic Hotels of America, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Register of Historic Places, The Autograph Collection (Affiliated with Marriott International), Autograph Collection Hotel of the Year, 2013, 2016, Americas Franchise GM of the Year (Autograph Collection, JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance and The Ritz-Carlton properties), Bill Carter
Chaz on the Plaza
Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Ingram’s Most Romantic Restaurant Gold, PitchWeekly Best Hotel Restaurant, TripExpert Best of Kansas City Award, Kansas City Originals, Charter Member