Hotel at a Glance: 816 Hotel
In addition to being close to some of KC's most beloved attractions, 816 Hotel pays loving homage to its hometown city. The first, of course, is in its name—816 is the local area code. Meanwhile, the hotel's business and deluxe rooms are decorated with historic photos of Kansas City, and themed rooms highlight the city's iconic institutions, including the Kansas City Zoo, Boulevard Brewery, and TWA. You can easily explore the thriving metropolis on the hotel's free area shuttle; it runs to Crown Center, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Power & Light District, and other popular spots within a 4-mile radius.
- Walk to the Country Club Plaza, where you'll find upscale shops and restaurants, and local art installations.
- Made-to-order omelets are the highlight of the hotel's free breakfast spread.
- Stay fit with complimentary passes to Gold's Gym, located two blocks away.
- Propose a toast: The lobby bar hosts free cocktail parties in the evening.
Kansas City, Missouri: Barbecue, Jazz, and Nightlife
In Kansas City, the ratio of fountains to barbecue joints is roughly 2:1—as in, 200-plus public fountains and more than 90 restaurants where you can order the city’s signature slow-smoked meat. Though Kansas City is known for its aquatic architecture and barbecue, it has also evolved into an artistic hub. Here, you’ll find a legendary history of jazz and blues, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, prized for its European paintings and Imperial Chinese art. Add a die-hard sports community and a downtown area named one of America’s best by Forbes magazine, and the at-times overlooked Kansas City has all the makings of a memorable getaway: culture, Midwestern charm, and an endless supply of sauce-slathered ribs.
Though the storied jazz scene continues to thrive in numerous clubs around 18th and Vine, it’s the flashy Power & Light District that draws a fashionable late-night crowd. This nine-block neighborhood in the middle of downtown is home to more than 50 shops, restaurants, and bars. If the weather is warm, head to the open-air rooftop lounge at Elements or The Jones for a drink under the moonlight.