Most Unique Hotel in Kansas City: 816 Hotel #KCexperience
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I was born and raised in a small town just 30 minutes north of Kansas City. While I’ve been away for the last 6 years, it feels good to come back and rediscover the things I loved about the area. I’m also discovering new things that have popped up since I’ve been away. So for “What I Did Wednesday” I want to share with you where we stayed on our Valentine’s Day “staycation”. It is the most unique hotel in Kansas City:
816 Hotel #KCexperience
D and I had gotten a free night hotel stay through Hotels.com rewards program. So, we decided to use that for Valentine’s Day and book a hotel in Kansas City. After doing a little bit of research, the 816 Hotel looked to be set apart from the rest. We found this hotel to be nestled in the Westport district and within close proximity to some of the local eateries and pubs.
Once we arrived, we found a parking spot in a shared lot. We were a little concerned about finding parking later in the evening, but we actually had no problems at all. The outside of the building didn’t give much away as to what we would find inside. However, as soon as we walked into the lobby, I was completely in love with the place. The decor was a modern retro with Kansas City-inspired artwork throughout. The check-in desk was unique and decked in tile. To the left was the elevators as well as a bar area and breakfast space.
We were then greeted by Adam who was as cool as the hotel itself. He was friendly, helpful and so accommodating. It was clear he was passionate about the hotel and everything it embodied; it wasn’t just a job for him, it was an experience. He took the time to show us all the themed rooms that weren’t occupied. It was evident through seeing all these wonderful spaces that the hotel is an experience all in itself.
Each floor had murals of local places and a large photo near the elevators of the crowds that assembled in the city after the Kansas City Royals won the world series back in 2015. I’ve heard estimates that the crowds neared a million (or more) and brought the community together in a positive way. Being a native Missourian, this was a reminder of all the things I love about home.
The first room we saw was Wayside Waifs; a pet-friendly space that was wonderfully decorated. Wayside Waifs is a Kansas City rescue for pets. While I don’t have any pets, the decor itself made this a quick favorite for me. The decor was very modern with a sitting space and large puppy art piece as a focal point. The room even had food and water bowl for your furry friends, treats and a pet television complete with dog and cat DVDs.
The next was a Renaissance-inspired room. Kansas City is known for their Renaissance festival and this room was every bit of the Renaissance feel! I loved all the details including the animal fur blanket on the bed, antique keys hanging from a bedpost and Renaissance-inspired chairs. It was clear that D was pretty impressed by this room. While this wasn’t one we stayed in, this would be one we would come back to experience.
We also saw rooms inspired by Kansas City BBQ, Boulevard Brewery, Irish Heritage, Kansas City Kangaroos Basketball and Kansas City Jazz (complete with a piano in the room). Each had elements that were so uniquely Kansas City. I loved seeing every little item of memorabilia. However, it was evident that seeing a room for a few minutes and spending the night in one are totally different experiences. We were able to see details in our room throughout the time we spent there and each corner and nook was a new discovery. It left me to wonder how much more there was to discover after spending the night in other rooms.
The room we stayed in was the Unbound room which was very much my style. Unbound is an international nonprofit locally headquartered in Kansas City that focuses on poverty in other countries. My favorite thing about this room was the day bed complete with colorful pillows nestled right next to a window overlooking the cute row houses below. Stories of people around the globe line the walls and shelves. Beyond that, the decor was so amazing! The lamp next to the bed was unique. I also loved a couple other lamps that had items from all over the world inside them. The window was decorated with panels on either side and window coverings that made me feel like I was in another country myself. We also discovered a wonderful quote behind the barn door to the bathroom which felt like such a hidden treasure.
Each room is complete with microwave, refrigerator and Keurig coffee maker. Our room was initially missing the hair dryer. However, the front desk didn’t hesitate to get one to our room as soon as we made them aware of the issue. The barn doors on the bathrooms were also so pleasing from a design standpoint but left little to the imagination when actually using it. The door itself slid off the hinges a few times which created a few hilarious moments between my husband and I. We saw signs posted throughout that they were in the process of fixing this issue, so it didn’t bother me so much knowing they were aware.
We were given two vouchers for free drinks in the hotel bar. However, D and I don’t drink alcohol. I walked to the bar to see if they were stocked to make some awesome mocktails, but the only drinks listed were beer, wine and well drinks. I would highly recommend they have a few signature mocktails for guests that don’t partake in alcoholic beverages or designated drivers with a party.
The next morning, we headed downstairs to see about breakfast. While I eat a mostly vegan diet, I couldn’t help but try an omelet from the staffed omelet bar! I put in my order and checked out the rest of the spread. They had self-serve waffles, fruit, toast and cereal as well as coffee and juice. My husband, who has an egg allergy, was unable to eat most of the items at breakfast. We would’ve loved to see some bacon or sausage for his enjoyment. We sat next to a window overlooking the row houses and enjoyed the natural lighting. Once my omelet was ready, we dug in and I was AMAZED at how good it was! It had so much flavor and I was so satisfied. It was truly a huge perk of staying at this hotel.
I sincerely didn’t want to leave and would’ve loved to have spent a night in every room in this place! Considering they reward returning patrons with special discounts, I think this may be in our future. I was also delighted to see that they have quite a few area code hotels in pretty close proximity to where we live. You can find out more about those at www.areacodehotels.com.
I would highly recommend 816 Hotel to anyone looking for a unique experience in the Kansas City area. From their website, they also offer special packages for area events and have a shuttle service to take you to places in the area. We will be back to this place without a doubt and look forward to the future experiences we have while staying at 816 Hotel.