The Raphel is situated in a historic building that was built in the early 1900s. Don't be afraid! All the amenties are updated and it really just adds charm to the building and ambience. The service was fantastic! We arrived after midnight after some travel mishaps and the staff greeted us in our car helped grab the sleeping kiddo's and gear and practially carried all of us up to our room. They seemed to know our needs before we did asking if they needed to alert room service for warm milk or snacks. Everyone was very friendly and conversational in a little more familiar way then in a typical 5 star "professional" way (very Kansas City). My only complaint was the restaurant in the hotel: the food was very average and VERY salty (also very Kansas City). We had also heard that the rooms were very small. We stayed in a suite which I thought was very comfortable and adequate as far as space. There is not a lot to do inside the hotel, but it is located across the street from 'the Plaza' which is full of shopping, eateries, and walking paths. Other than that it was a beautiful and quaint hotel. A very enjoyable stay!