A Wonderful Hotel A review of The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
I stayed at the Raphael in late August, and can't say enough nice things about it I live in a small town that lacks a dealship for my foreign car, so had to drive to "the city" to get it serviced. Chose the Raphael because I was traveling alone, and while my car was in the shop, would be on foot. Booked a jr. suite (separated rooms). Plenty of space, and the bed and linens were as nice as places like the Westin. Nice armoire in the bedroom, and I had a corner room so there were two huge windows, and a nice view of the Plaza. Bath was clean and very nice...monogrammed towels...vanity and sink was in the bedroom, but that was fine because you could close off the living room. The living room was large, pull-out sofa, desk, small table (furniture legs a little scuffed...but now I'm just being picky) ..minibar...coffeemaker...and also a small refridgerator. Nice touch for bringing home doggie bags from the restaurant downstairs because those are too big for the minibar fridge. And by the way, I loved the restaurant. Ordered salmon the first night...it was beautifully prepared, encircled with a ring of mussels, and sitting in a lovely lemony sauce....wonderful. In fact it was so good I ordered the very same thing the next night. The hotel staff was also nice about extending my reservation at the same Expedia rate, as I ended up having car repairs and had to stay an additional two nights. Forgot to mention that the Plaza is right across the street....many shops, cafes....and I walked to the art museum too (don't miss Nelson Atkins Gallery!)....was an easy walk. And to top it all off, the Fairmont is right next door, with a giftshop, beauty shop, etc so what the smaller Raphael doesn't have, you just need to cross the street. If I return to KC, I'll be at the Raphael.
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