Missouri’s Boutique Hotels: Innovative Art, Design and Dining

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Credit: Alise OBrien on behalf of Angad Arts Hotel
Credit: Alise OBrien on behalf of Angad Arts Hotel
The Order - Hotel Vandivort in Springfield
Hotel Vandivort

Elevate your getaway with a stay at one of Missouri’s boutique hotels. These lodging options offer one-of-a-kind experiences that feature museum-quality artwork, innovative design and intriguing history – plus great restaurants and lounges.

Angad Arts Hotel

The Angad Arts Hotel immerses guests in a creative environment that embraces the visual arts, fashion and fine dining. It’s the first hotel in the world where you can reserve luxury accommodations based on the colors of the rainbow. Located in the heart of St. Louis’ Grand Center Arts District, the 146-room hotel offers rooms bathed in saturated colors – red, blue, yellow or green.

Take in the skyline views at Art Bar Rooftop, serving craft cocktails and seasonal fare.

Hotel Vandivort

Hotel Vandivort describes its public space as downtown Springfield’s living room – a place where you can unplug and socialize or plug-in and get some work done. The open floor plan features cast-iron pillars, hand-crafted light fixtures and multiple fireplaces. The 50-room hotel is located in a 1906 building that was once home to Springfield’s Masonic Temple.

Enjoy locally inspired cuisine, including craft cocktails and gourmet brunch, at The Order. Be sure to take a selfie in the restroom where the lighting casts a complementary glow. (Google it – it’s a thing!)

21c Museum Hotels

The 21c Museum Hotels, located in Kansas City and St. Louis, fit well with each city’s vibrant arts scene. The hotels are part of North America’s only multi-venue museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting 21st century art. From rotating, curated exhibits to site-specific displays and cultural programming, the hotels showcase the work of today’s emerging artists. The hotel museums are free and open to the public year-round. Guided tours are offered on a regular basis.

The 120-room Kansas City location features fine dining at The Savoy at 21c. The oldest restaurant in Kansas City, the Savoy has hosted many notable guests, including President Harry Truman whose favorite booth is preserved in the historic lounge. At the 173-room St. Louis location, the menu at the Idol Wolf is inspired by the culinary traditions of Spain.

The Last Hotel

The Last Hotel, located in the former International Shoe Company building in St. Lous, is steeped in history and architectural detail. The original 1909 neoclassical and art deco design – with elaborate stone carvings, intricate metal work and terrazzo floors – has stood the test of time. The hotel’s 142 guest rooms feature custom leather accents – a throwback to the building’s past as the headquarters of the world’s largest shoe company.

Ultima Cacina at the Last Hotel is an Italian steakhouse, serving pasta, wood-fired pizza and fresh-cut steaks. The Pantry offers breakfast, lunch and snack items.

The Fontaine

Named for Kansas City’s many beautiful fountains, The Fontaine sits in the heart of the city’s famed upscale shopping district, the Country Club Plaza. The 132-room hotel boasts custom tile mosaics inset into its marble floors, intricately carved wood paneling, original artwork and hand-blown Venetian glass chandeliers.

Enjoy panoramic views of the west Plaza area at Parker, the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. Specializing in progressive American cuisine, the restaurant serves new takes on classic comfort food, gourmet breakfast and handcrafted cocktails.

Crossroads Hotel

Modern decor combines with intriguing history at the Crossroads Hotel in Kansas City. A Pabst Brewing bottling plant prior to Prohibition, the building was used by political boss Tom Pendergast for his office and bootleg liquor operation in the 1920s. The hotel’s 131 guest rooms and public spaces showcase exposed brick and original industrial details. A public gallery is filled with work from artists with ties to Kansas City.

Dining options include old-world Italian cuisine at Lazia while XR offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, including wood-fired pizzas, along with a selection of craft beer and handcrafted cocktails.