Staycation Kansas City: A Luxurious Loews weekend of Fun

Last updated on February 2nd, 2024 at 08:54 am.

Ready for a staycation in Kansas City? Although we live in a neighborhood just outside of downtown Kansas City, it’s still nice to mix things up and stay a little closer to the action from time to time. When we were invited for a weekend staycation at Loews, located walking distance to both the Power & Light and Crossroads neighborhoods, we jumped at the opportunity!

The Loews hotel is also within walking distance of a variety of the city’s most famous and fun KCMO attractions including the KC Streetcar and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. There are also countless restaurants such as Anton’s, Bristol Seafood + Steak + Social and Lula Southern Cookhouse as well as Tom’s Town Distilling Co are nearby.

A Staycation at Loews Kansas City Hotel: A Blend of Luxury, Art, and Local Charm

Loews Lobby view

Begin your staycation journey at Loews Kansas City Hotel, a haven of approachable luxury that offers an artistic immersion into the local culture.

From the moment we stepped inside, we felt like we were on vacation for two reasons. First, Loews uses Bright Sunshine fragrance from Aroma Retail in the lobby and it instantly made me feel like I was somewhere tropical. Second, with the massive lobby with so much light, art and the beautiful Bar Stilwell and lounge area, it absolutely felt like we had walked into a resort.

king guest room Loews Kansas City

We checked in to our room and it was modern and upscale, decorated with aviation-inspired furnishings, comfortable and and a perfect “home away from home”.

Loews Robes

I have to be honest, when I saw the fluffy white robes and slippers and big king sized bed, a part of me wanted to get cozy, order room service and watch a movie or simply enjoy our amazing view of downtown Kansas City.

But, I found my strength! We decided to explore the hotel, take a peek at the restaurant (where we had already made a reservation for dinner), the pool, and check out the art and photography on the second floor and on the conference side of the hotel.

Union Station photograph

We were told that much of the art in the hotel is a nod to Kansas, Missouri or the Midwest. Each piece tells a unique story, with themes ranging from industrial aviation to the rich agricultural history of the region.

Exploring Kansas City

Next, we decided to venture out of the hotel to explore what was within walking distance.

Exploring Downtown by Streetcar

KC Streetcar

As a central hub, Loews Kansas City Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the Kauffman Center trolley stop. We hopped on the free KC Streetcar to explore more of Kansas City’s gems.

You can visit Union Station, a grand historic landmark, or head down to the River Market for fresh produce, fun boutique shopping, restaurants, or take a walk along the Missouri River. The streetcar offers the perfect opportunity to discover the downtown neighborhoods with stops spaced every two blocks. You can even simply ride the loop to get a feel for the downtown area.

Happy Hour: Yes Please!

Anton’s Taproom and Restaurant (1610 Main Street) has been on my list of places I’ve wanted to try for quite awhile. We decided to give it a try for a late lunch and found out they actually had a fantastic happy hour.

They have 50+ wines to choose from and 75 beers as well as a few wines on tap. Happy hour is from 2-5pm and all appetizers are 1/2 off and tap beer is $3.50.

We enjoyed their Caesar salad with homemade dressing and topped with anchovies and a shrimp cocktail. Both were delicious.

Crossroads Adventures

Crossroads Street Art i Kansas City

We decided to head to the Crossroads neighborhood, known for its artsy vibes, unique galleries, and eclectic dining scene.

We wandered around and checked out some of the local galleries, street art and found the TWA rocket ship.

18th and Wyandotte is a great place to start exploring the Crossroads art scene. One of our favorite galleries is Jones Gallery on 17th & Walnut; a huge gallery showcasing a lot of local artists.

If you happen to visit on a First Friday, there are food trucks and artists lining the Crossroads alleys with their art and creations.

Downtime at the Hotel

After exploring downtown for the better part of the day, we decided to have a bit of downtime and enjoy our spacious and luxurious room before getting ready for dinner.

Dinner at Stilwell

cocktails at Stilwell restaurant in Kansas City

The Stilwell name pays homage to The Stilwell Oyster Car, a famous Pullman car from the late 1800s invented by railroad builder, Arthur Stilwell that brought oysters to Kansas City’s City Market. They offer a breakfast buffet daily and dinner Tuesday-Friday.

The restaurant has an open kitchen design, so you can see the kitchen from every seat. There are also great views of downtown from every table. 

Stilwell has a fun list of crafted cocktails as well as a really nice house wine; Argyle from Willamette Valley, Oregon.

smoked peach caprese at Stilwell

We had a fabulous dinner starting with sea salt maple biscuits with rosemary maple butter for Todd and I had the smoked peach caprese with heirloom tomatoes, basil, butter lettuce, burrata and a balsamic reduction.

For our main course, Todd chose the pea shoot fettuccini with a red pistachio pesto, spicy bread crumbs and pecorino cheese. I had several gluten-free options, but opted for the Creekstone Farms beef strip loin served with smoked gouda potato au gratin and roasted veggies.

The chef-driven menu has a nice variety of choices that were truly hard to choose from. The food was delicious and felt like very elevated comfort food. Our dishes had great depth of flavor and little twists like parsnips and au jus with the strip loin and the pesto sauce for the fettuccini really made the meal not only tasty, but memorable.

upside-down citrus cake

They have a lovely selection of homemade desserts and Todd tried the upside-down citrus cake; an orange citrus pound cake with raspberry curd served with rose mint sorbet and toasted meringue.

Horsefeather Social Rooftop Bar

Horsefeather Social Rooftop Bar

After dinner, we headed to the rooftop bar (actually on the 7th floor) at Loews called Horsefeather Social for lawn games, to enjoy the amazing views and of course, try the Kansas City classic, Horsefeather cocktail.

horsefeather social rooftop bar at Loews

The rooftop bar is named after the Horsefeather cocktail, which originated in Kansas City and is akin to a Mule. It’s crafted with Whiskey, ginger beer, a generous splash of Angostura bitters, and fresh lemon juice. The taste is a combination of spicy and citrus with a touch of smokiness. The cocktail is believed to have been invented sometime before 1920 and the era of prohibition.

view from horsefeather rooftop bar

Beyond the cocktails and games, the views are truly fabulous from the expansive space.

Kansas City Heart

There is also one of the famous Kansas City hearts that pays homage to some of the jazz greats.

Breakfast

cinammon rolls at Mildreds in Kansas City

The next morning we took a walk back into Crossroads looking for a coffee shop and to explore more. We stumbled upon Mildred’s (1901 Wyandotte).

This was our first time to Mildred’s and it is located in a large industrial space with high ceilings. The line was long to order, but it went surprisingly quickly. At the counter there are trays of scratch made baked goods that are quite tempting. If fact, a bit too tempting for Todd!

Todd ordered a coffee and a cinnamon roll and I had the gluten-free breakfast hash with steamed eggs, potato, cheddar, arugula and chipotle aioli. It was a thumbs up for both of our orders and we’ll definitely head back.

They have lots of vegan and gluten-free options as well as great coffee and morning cocktails.

After breakfast it started raining and quickly turned into a full Midwest storm, so we headed back to Loews to relax and watch the storm from the floor to ceiling windows in our room until check-out.

But, if you visit, Mildred’s is a short walk to Union Station (about 1/2 mile) or the World War I Museum (a little less than a mile) if you want to continue exploring.

Loews Kansas City Hotel Review

Loews Hotel Kansas City

With a 4.5/5 rating on TripAdvisor, over 100 reviews, and a 2023 Traveler’s Choice Award, Loews Kansas City Hotel offers approachable luxury that keeps guests coming back for more. As part of the Loews hotel chain, known for its unique local experiences, this hotel perfectly captures the essence of Kansas and Missouri.

Loews At a Glance

The Loews Kansas City Hotel has 800 guestrooms and 47 luxury suites, a lobby bar, a restaurant, a grab & go coffee shop, a gym, and an indoor salt water lap pool. It also has 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, which is connected to the Kansas City Convention Center through a new pedestrian bridge. They are also cat and dog friendly.

Loews & Aviation?

TWA rocket in Kansas City

TWA had its first headquarters at the Kansas City Municipal Airport. The TWA Corporate Headquarters Building, located at 1735 Baltimore Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri served as the world headquarters for TWA from 1956 until 1964. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

The TWA history lends itself to the aviation theme for this Loews hotel and showcases why each Loews hotel is unique with it’s immersion into the local culture.

Loews Kansas City Hotel is an Art Lover’s Dream

Art 2nd Floor Loews Kansas City

Along with KCI airport, Loews is part of “One Percent for Art” program — that promotes and showcases art and artists who are local or from the region.  

Along with the industrial aviation theme of the hotel, the other main theme is agriculture. If you really take a look at the art in the public spaces, conference area, and rooms you’ll see each piece has purpose and meaning.

The rugs in the hotel and conference areas add a touch of mid-century charm, the hanging art piece in the lobby reflects the region’s flight patterns.

Joelle Ford paint can lids art.

From the lobby, if you take the escalators up and turn left you’ll find one of the largest pieces of art in the hotel by artist Joelle Ford; a bright and colorful installation of paint can lids. Keep walking and you’ll see a great collection of photography of the Kansas City metro.

Kansas City Ballet photos

If you head straight as you get off the elevator, you’ll find yourself in the conference area, with additional art, amazing views and several sitting areas.

It’s a beautiful collection! In fact, they will be offering art tours at the hotel in the near future.

Spacious, Well-Appointed Rooms

sitting area in hotel room

The guest rooms at Loews Kansas City Hotel exude a modern and elegant ambiance, with a touch of warmth and comfort.

Loews Artwork inspired by Howard Hughes

Artwork loosely inspired by a Howard Hughes napkin sketch welcomes guests at the entry of the guest rooms, while the jump seat look for the desk chair and a couch resembling a 1st class airline lounge add to the aviation theme.

Each piece of furniture and artwork thoughtfully speaks to the hotel’s aviation-meets-mid-century-modern vibe. Small touches, like a foot ledge in the shower perfect if you might want to shave your legs, showcase the hotel’s attention to detail.

Room amenities include a safe, mini-fridge, 2 bottles of water, tea, coffee, robes, slippers, face wipes, cotton balls/Q-tips, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner and bar soap as well as body wash.

Suites

presidential suite at Loews Kansas City

At Loews Kansas City Hotel, you can find 47 suites available in various sizes and styles. You have the option to select from 19 Grand Suites, 17 Corner Suites, six Studio Suites, four Vice Presidential Suites, and one particularly impressive Presidential Suite.

tub in presidential suite

If the views don’t tempt you, this amazing tub might!

The Views

Bartle Hall Pylons bridge

There are views from just about every section of Loews; the conference area, Bar Stilwell, Stilwell restaurant, stairways, Horsefeather Social rooftop bar and the guest rooms. Some of views are of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Bartle Hall Pylons bridge, the downtown skyline and Main Street.

The Bar / Lounge on Main Level

Bar Stilwell

Bar Stilwell, a lobby bar and lounge has a full bar and fun crafted cocktails and a menu of refined interpretations of classic American bar cuisine.

It’s a fantastic choice for a leisurely late lunch or a laid-back dinner experience. From now until October, every first Friday of the month there is live music, beverage specials, and a unique monthly food offering from the smoker or grill.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, there is live music from 4pm to 7pm. And don’t miss Taco Thursday, with freshly smoked and grilled carne asada, carnitas, and jackfruit tacos, available from 5:30pm to 10pm.

Rooftop Bar & Lawn Games at Horsefeather Social

Visit the Horsefeather Social for an incredible rooftop bar experience with great views, cocktails and snacks.

The bar features seven crafted cocktails. Among them, the Horsefeather stands out, blending J. Rieger Whiskey, angostura bitters, ginger beer, and lemon. If you’re looking for a bit of zing, try the Sweet Heat Margarita featuring Patron Silver Tequila, strawberry, and jalapeno. Alongside these creative cocktails, you’ll find an extensive wine, beer, and spirits menu.

The food menu at Horsefeather Social is thoughtfully designed to complement their unique drinks. It features elevated snacks that include pulled pork tacos, garlic shrimp flatbread, and smoked brisket sliders.

You can catch live music on Fridays and Sundays from 6pm to 9pm and enjoy lawn games every night.

Summerfest by Loews Hotels

To make the most of summer until Labor Day, Loews is hosting Summerfest! This exciting event combines hotel deals, featured cocktails and mocktails, and a Cultural Safari. With rates starting at $189, it’s an ideal opportunity to embrace summer travel.

The mixology team at Loews Kansas City has crafted a delightful Very Berry Spritz Mocktail. They’ve also put their spin on the classic spritz, introducing the Strawberry Spritz. These beverages showcase locally-sourced elements like Giffard Rhubarb liqueur and strawberry-infused Aperol.

As part of the Summerfest Cultural Safari, guests are encouraged to explore the city’s fountains. Given that KCMO is known as the City of Fountains, travelers can venture to the city’s top fountain gems, experiencing the cultural charm they offer.

In-Room Dining Options

Room Service

Loews offers room service for breakfast and dinner with everything from salads to steak and even dark chocolate honey lavender cake!

Coffee Shop: Red Wheat Baking Co.

Red Wheat Baking Co.

For those in need of a quick pick-me-up or a tasty treat, Red Wheat Baking Co. is the perfect spot. Indulge in freshly brewed coffee and mouthwatering pastries, making it an ideal place to kick-start your day.

Common Spaces

cozy living room space at Loews

There are seating areas in the main lobby as well as small inlets of space that seem more like a cozy living room with couches and chairs. In the connected conference area, there are a wide array of seating areas as well.

Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room

gym at Loews Kansas City Hotel

Loews Kansas City Hotel goes above and beyond with its fitness center. Not just your average gym, it offers Pelotons, boxing bags, and other workout equipment, providing ample opportunities to stay active and fit during your stay.

Spa and Wellness:

While the hotel is yet to unveil its spa, it promises to be a welcome addition for guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation.

Pets Allowed (Dog & Cat Pet Friendly)

dog at the pet friendly Loews

Loews extends a warm welcome to your furry friends as it is a pet-friendly hotel and happy to accommodate both dogs and cats. Your pets will be treated to their own special gifts, which include a pet tag, a bowl, and a treat to kick off their vacation. Each room can accommodate up to 2 pets.

To ensure that your pet’s stay is as enjoyable as yours, Loews offers information about local dog-walking routes in Kansas City. Additionally, they provide details about various nearby pet services such as veterinarians, pet shops, and groomers, ensuring that your four-legged companions are well taken care of during their time in Kansas City.

Loews Kansas City is pet friendly

Pet Amenities

  • Gourmet room service menus for cats and dogs, prepared by their award-winning chef.
  • Specialized bedding, leashes, collars, litter boxes (and litter), pooper scoopers, and more.
  • Helpful amenities such as dog-walking route maps, pet placemats, water bowls, treats, doggie pick-up bags, and more.
  • Special treats like rawhide bones, catnip, and scratch poles.
  • Pet-walking and pet-sitting services.

Customer Reviews And Testimonials

The Loews Kansas City Hotel has a 4.5/5 rating of excellent on TripAdvisor, over 100 reviews, and a 2023 Traveler’s Choice Award. It has a 9.3/10 rating of superb on Booking.com with over 1,000 reviews and Hotels.com gives it a 9.4/10 exceptional rating with over 1,100 reviews.

Tripadvisor Review of Loews Kansas City
Tripadvisor Review of Loews Kansas City

Book Your Stay at Loews Kansas City Hotel

Loews Kansas City Hotel is located at 1515 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64108. Check out their website or find pricing and reviews at Booking.com or Hotels.com.

A staycation at Loews Kansas City Hotel is an exceptional way to experience local charm, luxury, and artistic brilliance. From the thoughtfully decorated rooms to the rooftop bar and the delicious dining options, the hotel promises a memorable stay.

Loews Kansas City FAQ

What is the closest airport to Loews Kansas City?

The nearest airport is 15 miles and it’s the Kansas City International Airport.

Is there parking at Loews Kansas City Hotel?

Yes, self-parking is $24 per night and valet parking is $34 per night.

What is the Loews Kansas City Hotel cancellation policy?

Reservations must be canceled by 4:00 PM local time, 72 hours prior to arrival.

Disclaimer: We were guests of the Loews Kansas City Hotel. However, all opinions and views are mine in this review.

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