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Unique places to stay across the Kansas City metro

Craft the perfect Kansas City vacation (or stay-cation) with these unique retreats.

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Can’t help falling in love with The Elvis Retreat House.

Photo courtesy of Vrbo

Find your happy place

We all need a staycation or a trip to a different city from time to time. Whether you’re a Kansas Citian feeling a little cooped up or a visitor looking for a special City of Fountains experience, picking the perfect home away from home is crucial.

We went looking for unique lodgings around town that showcase that KC spirit. So choose your ideal digs, pack your bags, and get ready for a memorable getaway.

Here’s the theme

Cottage in the Woods | Independence, MO
If you’re a little bit country you’ll love this fully-stocked cottage getaway nearby the big city.

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The Cottage in the Woods looks so serene.

Photo courtesy of Vrbo

Cozy Bungalow | Historic Scarritt Renaissance neighborhood, Kansas City, MO
Unwind in an eclectic boho home that offers a pool, fire pit, and tiki lounge for your relaxation pleasure.

Elvis Retreat House | Independence, MO
The king lives on in this luxurious mansion, featuring life-size Elvis figures, a billiards hall, and an 8-ft guitar-shaped pool.

Artistic sanctuaries

21c Hotel | 219 W. 9th St., Kansas City, MO
Is it an art museum or a hotel? It’s both. If you want to embrace the artistic side of KC, this is the spot for you.

Ambassador | 1111 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO
After admiring your elegant luxury suite, take a trip downstairs to enjoy live music in the jazz club.

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This mural in Graffiti Paradise’s rec room was painted by local Kansas City artist Scribe.

Photo courtesy of Vrbo.

The Fontaine | 901 W. 48th Pl., Kansas City, MO
Admire marble floors, decorative wood paneling, and Renaissance artwork just steps away from the Country Club Plaza.

Graffiti Paradise | Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, MO
This escape is outfitted with a jacuzzi, rec room, mini bar, workout space, and two living rooms.

Hideaways with history

Aida | 206 E. 44th St., Kansas City, MO
This sister property to The Truitt (see below) is just as beautiful, with modern swanky decor found throughout the historic building.

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If you look up “swanky” in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of The Aida.

Photo courtesy of The Aida

J. G. Peppard House | Westside, Kansas City, MO
Built in 1887 by one of KC’s richest figures, you’ll feel like a Victorian-era aristocrat when you stay here.

The Elms Hotel & Spa | 401 Regent St., Excelsior Springs, MO
With its grotto and beautiful rooms, this resort hotel is the go-to spot for relaxation. But be careful, we hear it’s haunted.

KC’s Best Mansion | Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, MO
Bring the whole gang to this beautifully restored spot featuring seven bedrooms, five bathrooms, and three kitchens.

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Luxury comes in small packages at The KC Lovestream.

Photo courtesy of Air Bnb.

The KC LoveStream | Westside, Kansas City, MO
This 1971 Airstream was rebirthed as a tiny home with a hot tub, swinging chair, and LED Palm Trees.

The Raphael | 325 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO
Built in 1927, it is an elegant boutique hotel, a KC staple, and a romantic getaway. Pro Tip: Eat at Chaz on the Plaza while you’re there.

The Truitt | 4320 Oak St., Kansas City, MO
Stay at this mansion-turned-hotel which offers modern amenities amid historic charm. Plus, it’s near the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum and the Country Club Plaza.

Westside Brick Barn Studio | Westside, Kansas City, MO
Stay in a peaceful space on the first floor of a 19th century carriage house.

Modern Chic

AC Hotel | 560 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO
Be immersed in all the Westport neighborhood has to offer at this European-inspired getaway.

Crossroads Hotel | 2101 Central St., Kansas City, MO
A true embodiment of the Crossroads Arts District, this hotel has rotating live entertainment along with delicious food.

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Hotel Phillips’ lobby looks like it belongs in “Kingsmen.”

Photo courtesy of Hotel Phillips

Hotel Phillips | 106 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO
Enjoy an art deco haven smack dab in the middle of the Power & Light District.

No Vacancy | 1717 Wyandotte St., Kansas City, MO
This modern escape is located in the heart of KC’s Crossroads Arts District, offering convenience along with good vibes.

Did we miss any cool KC stays? Let us know.

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