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Hotel Savoy Bed and Breakfast
219 W. Ninth Street, Kansas City, MO 64105   |  
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Ranked #55 of 110 Hotels in Kansas City
Topeka, Kansas
1 review
“One of a kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The Savoy is an institution into itself. The history and decor is completely unusual. The folks who work here have worked at the Savoy for many years. They are proud of the history and of their work. The person who served our breakfast showed us the building, and pointed over details of the building I would have normally missed.

Food is tremendous and there is lots of opportunity to see local music, jazz, and other events.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Topeka, KS
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I took my wife to the Hotel Savoy for our 11 year anni here back in June of 2014. It was last minute and we like old places with character, so it looked to be a good fit. The reservation process was very easy, did it over the phone and the lady who assisted me was quite helpful, cheery and professional. We arrived and the building is not much to look at, but is beautifully historic inside. Rough in some places, but again we liked this style. As others have said, don't walk in here looking for all the modern accoutrements, it’s how hotels USED TO BE, and that’s not a bad thing sometimes. We got one of the more recently remodeled suites, with the window AC units and they kept up quite well on the 90+ degree day and night we were there. Noisy, but it drowned out..... nevermind ;) We decided to keep it simple and eat at the attached Savoy Grill, a place I had heard about for years living only 60 miles from KC. The service and food was impeccable. For a special occasion, I was prepared to spend a bit, and it was worth it. I wish we had more restaurants like this where we lived, no obnoxious TVs or overhead music blaring, open sitting areas, low light booths, and an old time uninhibited classy bar. A place where you can sit with others, but be heard and just focus on your partner. The breakfast needs nothing much more said about it that hasn't been said already, it's out of this world, best B&B breakfast we've ever had. We had it delivered to our room, which was a nice option. I was stuffed at the end, didn't need lunch. The staff was very helpful, the few times we needed it and the check-in and checkout was speedy. The previous evening, we walked to the Power and Light district, which is close and has so much to do. You could even probably walk to the City Market as well for a neat diversion on weekends. In the end, it made for a memorable overnight trip and we really enjoyed it. We'll be back!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Emporia, Kansas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Rooms were okay. Breakfast was definitely the reason people stay here. Hallways leave a lot to be desired as they were deteriorating. This is clearly a hotel from days ago that needs some much needed attention to improve, which as others have stated would be astronomical in price to restore. The beds were comfortable, the staff were friendly (with a very homey sort of feel), and the food was excellent. Can't recall what we had ordered but do recall it being worth the entire stay. We stay at many B&Bs and while this one was not the best, both the bed and breakfast were good. The remainder of the establishment leaves some to be desired but we appreciate those attempting to restore old properties which would otherwise go unloved.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My wife and I spend an evening at Hotel Savoy B&B. The hotel was last remodeled in the mid-1990s. The decor still looks like that period of time. We stayed in the Queen Victorian Suite. The two-room suite was very spacious. The queen four-poster bed had stained glass in the bed frame, along with a flowery wall paper that dominated both rooms. The two bathrooms were functional, but the fixtures were rusted. The room was clean and quiet. You could tell the room had seen fancier times.

The breakfast was another story. They serve a cooked to order four course breakfast of your choice from a menu of around thirty options. Items on the menu included oyster stew, seafood bumbo, Coauille Saint-Jacques, baked oysters Rockefeller, kippers with scrambled eggs, three veal options, four pork options, two beef options and others. I had seafood gumbo (excellent), a made to order ham and swiss omelet (ecellent), breakfast potatoes and corn beef hash. My hash was a little disappointing as it had a strong green pepper presence. Just a taste difference. Everything else was fantastic. All breakfast is served with orange juice, coffe or tea and in an elegant, white-tablecloth setting. If you are a breakfast person, this is a great place for you.

Room Tip: We had a high floor room and it was very quiet. However, the entire hotel seemed pretty quiet to me...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, Texas, United States
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8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I stayed at Hotel Savoy for 7 nights in June 2014. I LOVED the hotel. It is NOT a typical BnB nor a typical hotel. The hotel is both shabby and beautiful at the same time. My room on the 4th floor was very clean. The furniture is old and somewhat put together piecemeal. That just added to the charm, to me. The bed was comfortable, but the one sheet and quilt were not quite enough for me. The bathroom was clean with plenty of towels, soap and shampoo. The tub was a little precarious. It was a very quite room. I did not hear a peep out of my neighbors. There were two window units and they kept the room quite cool. They were a little loud, but no louder than any other A/C unit in other hotels.

Now for the breakfast....OMG!! What a surprising treat every day. White table clothes, served on matched real dishes by waiters in white coats. Every dish I had was delicious. I had the lobster bisque, poached eggs, bacon, sausage, eggs benedict, English muffins, fresh fruit...all were wonderful. My favorite was the eggs benedict. The fruit was absolutely fresh and ice cold each time I had it....very refreshing. I did not care for the cinnamon rolls...they were pretty dry. As you eat, period music is playing and I swear I expected Paul Newman & Robert Redford from "The Sting" to walk in at any minute. It was a wonderful way to start the day!!

I hope to stay at the Hotel Savoy again next year, if I am selected to work in KC again next June.

Room Tip: I suggest a room on the 3rd or 5th floors as I was told by others the Wi-Fi was better on those floo...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I'll preface my review by saying my husband and I travel quite a bit, are open to interesting experiences and enjoy settings with history. We research our travels and so pretty much knew what to expect of the Savoy. Obviously the Savoy was once a spectacular hotel, full of gorgeous stained glass, woodwork and beautiful tile motifs in the lobby, dining areas and public rooms. The staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are spacious and clean though the flowered wallpaper and lace curtains are somewhat overpowering. Our suite featured a covered wagon bed complete with a curved canvas canopy and wagon wheels! (I am not kidding) Unfortunately the entire building has been neglected for so long the cost of renovating to modern standards would be astronomical. It is tired and old and even the renovated areas seem to feel their decline toward demolition. Perhaps some savvy developer could salvage the gorgeous architectural elements and repurpose them in a new building as it would be a shame to lose them. I reiterate that our room was clean and reasonably comfortable and parking was free.

Skip the breakfast. They can't even make eggs worth eating and eggs are pretty hard to mess up. Enjoy a drink at the Savoy Grill and soak up the historical ambiance but don't waste your money eating there. Kansas City has many other fine eating establishments where you'll spend the same or less for much, much better food. I will say that the wait staff work very hard to provide old world white jacket service but the food is downright awful and does them great discredit.

We stayed 3 nights and our overall experience was fine. We would not purposely book a room at the Savoy again should it still be in business the next time we visit KC.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shawnee Mission, Kansas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I know not everyone experiences it... BUT, when we were there (which was February 14, 2007 - the dates don't go any earlier in the form), the creep factor was definitely present from the moment we entered the establishment. We stayed on the 5th Floor, and in the same hallway as the Infamous Room 502 (without any knowledge of its history.) When we realized that the "Suite" booking did not mean "Renovated Room", we went downstairs and changed our "Salvation Army" furnished room to one of the center hallway locations - still on the same floor, yet still with a shabby touch here and there - some tattered fabric hanging from the lampshade, that "too deep" sinking feeling when sitting in one of the old leather arm chairs. Keep in mind, we were not aware of any of the history. My husband located this property on the internet, and thought it would be very nice. His expectations were for that lovely 6th floor suite that was pictured. When we changed rooms, however, we both felt better. When we came back to the hotel after dinner, however, my husband tried to take a shower but could not get the water to flow or any warm water at all. He finally gave up - disappointed - and went to bed. When I was through on the phone, I went into the bathroom to get ready for bed myself, but while I was looking at the lovely old footed tub and shower curtain, a picture of a dead body with skinny arms and legs sticking out of the tub flashed in my eyes. It was like a movie - and it froze me. I knew in an instant that someone had died in that tub. I left the bathroom shaken and got into bed. I laid there still - quiet - eyes wide open and staring at the ceiling. My husband felt horrible. Here this was supposed to be a special night, but the water wouldn't work and he thought I must be upset. I was just scared out of my wits and didn't know how to tell him. He said we could leave, but I couldn't move - I felt bad and just didn't know what to say, so I didn't say anything. He did not know that I was scared to death. Time ticked by in silence. Then suddenly there were voices yelling, and what sounded like boxes being knocked around upstairs briefly (my husband did not hear these sounds) - and then again, silence. Somehow my thoughts eventually quieted, and I ended up in sleep. I awoke to the sun shining, to a completely different feeling in the room. My husband was up and dressed, and I was able to take a nice hot shower - very refreshing, in fact. We enjoyed our breakfast, but for the few other couples that were there for that Valentine's date, most of the women had the same look on their face as I did - "Where are we?" It was a couple of days later that I decided to check online to see if there was any information about the haunting of the Savoy... and I was rewarded with some very interesting revelations... multiple ghosts make their presence known, evidently, one of which - and on the 5th floor - died in her bathtub. The report stated that guests still experience the shower curtain being pulled back, or the water not working, or only cold water from the faucet... double creepies. Thank you, Betsy Ward, for welcoming us into your world. We had such an experience, we didn't know quite what to think, and really hope it cannot be topped.

Room Tip: Our visit was 2/14/2007 - there MAY have been changes, but I was told by a building tech that money...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Savoy Bed and Breakfast

Address: 219 W. Ninth Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Location: United States > Missouri > Kansas City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Kansas City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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