Downtown Kansas City Hotels: Stay Near all the Top Attractions

Kansas City straddles the Kansas-Missouri border, and while you may logically think it forms part of the state of Kansas and yes technically it does, but… it is also part of the state of Missouri. However, it is not one city across two states, but rather two separate cities in two states. And if you stand on the State Line Road, you could be in either state depending on which side of the road you’re on. How’s that for confusing? Yep, welcome to Kansas City – whichever side you may be on. For this article on downtown Kansas City hotels, we’ll have our feet planted firmly on the Missouri side.

Downtown Kansas City Hotels in Missouri: Nelson Atkins Art Museum
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Image: Americasroof / CC BY-SA 3.0

Downtown Kansas City Hotels in Missouri

Adam’s Mark Hotel & Conference Center

If you’re traveling with kids, the Adam’s Mark Hotel & Conference Center is your best choice of Downtown Kansas City hotels. Coco Key Water Resort is part of the hotel and is the premier indoor water park in Kansas City. Kids will enjoy water slides, an adventure river, pool, and games arcade. And you can visit any time of the year as the temperature is regulated at around 84°F (28°C). If you’re sports lover, this is also a good choice as you will be minutes from the Kauffman Stadium, Arrowhead Stadium, and Truman Sports Center.

Downtown Kansas City Hotels in Missouri: Coco Key Water Resort
Coco Key Water Resort. Image: Adam Mark Hotel & Conference Center

Hotel Phillips Kansas City

If you’re a fan of Art Deco, you’re in for a treat at Hotel Phillips Kansas City. This historic hotel built in the 1930s certainly has an illustrious history. Previously named the Glennon Hotel, the famed Harry Truman ran his haberdashery store on the ground floor. From the moment you step into the grand lobby to the retro and artistic decor in the rooms, this is one of the more unique hotels in downtown Kansas City. It was voted Kansas City’s Best Boutique Hotel 2015 by KC Magazine. Attractions nearby include the Power and Light District, Sprint Center, and Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland.

Hotel Phillips Downtown Kansas City hotels
The extravagant Art Deco lobby. Image: Hotel Phillips Kansas City

Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

For a luxurious stay right on the doorstep of the upscale shopping center, the Country Club Plaza, you can’t go wrong with the Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza. A relatively new kid on the Kansas City block, this fine property has quickly established itself as one of the best boutique hotels in downtown Kansas City. Contemporary design and rooms in subdued blue, white, and charcoal complemented with the finest bedding and furniture all make for an indulgent stay.

Hotel Sorella Downtown Kansas City hotels
Seating area in the front lobby. Image: Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza

Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza

Art lovers should opt for the Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza which is near to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Accommodations are nothing fancy, but the outgoing staff and great customer service more than makes up for it. There is a convenient shuttle service to ferry you about (within a 3-mile radius) and free underground parking. Note that parking is limited and you may have to park your Kansas City car rental on the street when the parking garage is full.

Downtown Kansas City Hotels in Missouri: J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain
J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain. Image: Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

This beautiful five-star hotel is located in the Hallmark Crown Center and is five minutes from Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City and Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium. It is opposite Union Station and a covered walkway conveniently links the hotel with the station. Union Station is a destination in itself. Over 100 years old, this historic landmark is home to a planetarium, science center, giant movie screen theater, stage theater, shops, and restaurants. The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center promises a luxurious stay in a convenient location.

Downtown Kansas City Hotels in Missouri: Union Station near Westin Kansas City Crown Center
Union Station connected by a walkway from the hotel. Image: Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

* This post on Downtown Kansas City Hotels in Missouri is part of Hipmunk’s Boutique Hotels Campaign.

About Deevra Norling


With a love for exploring new places and trying new foods, Deevra finds the world a fascinating place. She is South African by birth but prefers to see herself as a citizen of the world. Deevra is a freelance writer who has contributed to Career Addict and Huffington Post and currently writes for Hipmunk. For more on her writing services email her at [email protected], or connect on Twitter @DeevraNorling.

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