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Higher Ground Hotel

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Certificate of Excellence
Higher Ground Hotel is a boutique hotel located in a wonderful Historic District across the street from Harry S. Truman's home and close to his library and other attractions. We are within 3 blocks of Independence Square surrounding the Historic Courthouse. There are many restaurants and shops on the Square, plus a movie theater and a bowling alley. There are several museums in our area and many fun things to do like take a covered wagon ride around the area. The hotel has a beautiful garden where you can relax. We have a large selection of Blue Ray Movies that you can watch free in one of our 2 lounges. You can also order High Tea in the Afternoon served in our library or your room. There is much to enjoy at Higher Ground Hotel.
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Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Wheelchair access
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Self-Serve Laundry
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Kansas City Downtown Municipal Airport9 mi
Fairfax Field13 mi
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Columbia, Missouri
Reviewed 1 week ago
For sure the most comfortable hotel bed I have EVER slept in. Hotel has charachter, is very quiet, room was large, breakfast was plentiful, setting was LOVELY...literally right across the street from the Truman Home. Be sure to walk the street to read all of the bronze plaques along the sidewalk that mark the many homes and locations that are significant in Harry and Bess's lives. A nearby (w/i walking distance) city park so well done and lots of fun for kids. And the downtown is a short drive or walk with lots of good restaurants and cute shops. FOR SURE stay here and not the chain hotels in Independence. We were so pleased with the hotel and location...would absolutely go again.
Date of stay: December 2018
Thank MNH65203
Reviewed 2 weeks agovia mobile
My husband and I stayed here two nights and were happy we had found it. If you’re looking for a clean, inviting and well-located accommodation in Independence, look no further. Just diagonally across the street from the Truman homestead, this hotel is an excellent choice. The proprietors are charming, with excellent recommendations on dining options.
Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Ouderkirk
Response from moretajunehartman, Manager at Higher Ground Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you so much for your kind words. We do our best to make sure our hotel is comfortable for the guests. We are walking distance to 9 restaurants and many shops. The Truman Home is right across the street and his library is less than a mile away. There are lots of Historicial attractions in Independence and the Hotel is close to them all. Hope to see you again at Higher Ground Hotel.
Reviewed 4 weeks agovia mobile
The staff at this hotel was friendly and helpful. It felt more like a bed and breakfast than just a regular hotel stay. The place was super clean. The breakfast was good. It was walking distance to cute shops, good food, and historic sites. We had a great mini vacation!
Date of stay: November 2018
Thank Sightseer776083
Response from moretajunehartman, Manager at Higher Ground Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your kind words concerning our hotel. We are more like a Bed and Breakfast than a hotel. We are a small hotel with 30 rooms. We are 3 1/2 blocks from Independence Square with all of its restaurants and shops. Everything is close by. It was so nice to meet you. We hope that you can stay with us again sometime.
Reviewed Oct 29, 2018
Great location right across from Truman home. Close to town center and so many other historical sites. With easy access from the main road into Independence. We could walk to center of town in a few blocks. The room was very nice with a wonderful view of the garden. Quiet neighborhood setting. We enjoyed the solitude of the 'Library' Room--a room with books, TV, computer and printer and nicely appointed with furniture to a comfortable visit.
We would definitively stay there again on our next trip to Independence.
Date of stay: September 2018
Thank Curious25672975135
Response from moretajunehartman, General Manager at Higher Ground Hotel
Responded Nov 4, 2018
Thank you so much for your kind words about Higher Ground Hotel. We work hard to make sure that our guests are comfortable and enjoy thier time spent in Independence. We hope to see you again.
Reviewed Aug 14, 2018via mobile
Ok place to stay. It was extremely quiet. Which was great. I was given a ground-level room, where wifi didn't work so maybe upper level rooms are better with that.
There's laundry facilities which is cool.
The breakfast situation was carb-heavy (typical) with some fruit.
Good location near Truman House and Library. The square was kind of deserted. I got in and got out.

Free parking.
Date of stay: August 2018
Thank c00coo
Response from moretajunehartman, Manager at Higher Ground Hotel
Responded Aug 15, 2018
Sorry, you had difficulty with the wi-fi. Reception depends on location in our concrete building. The library, lobby, and other common areas get the best quality reception. Or the 2nd or 3rd floor. On Sundays, the Independence Square is almost totally closed. Best to plan trips accordingly. Normally there are 9 restaurants, several shops, a movie theater and other attractions. Most of the Historical sites, except the Harry Truman Sites, are also closed on Sunday. Try us again on a weekday.
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July 12, 2018|
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Response from misskitty20004 | Reviewed this property |
Oh just saw the pool part, there is no pool.
June 25, 2016|
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Response from Marylou R | Reviewed this property |
I don't know. You could call the front desk and I'm sure they would tell you. I imagine there may be some State regulations regarding your question.
April 10, 2016|
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Response from Annette H | Reviewed this property |
Ours did not. Full size refrigerator in basement kitchen area. Looked like guests were using for beverages?
Room Tips
"ask for the rooms with a view of the garden"
Oct 29, 2018
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"Choose a room overlooking the Garden!"
Aug 9, 2018
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"Ask for a room looking toward Delaware Street."
Jun 15, 2018
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"Get a room with a window!"
Jun 5, 2018
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$111 - $136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesMissouriIndependence
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