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The Elms Hotel and Spa
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Excelsior Springs, Missouri
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64 reviews
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“Love the New Grotto in the Spa!”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

My boyfriend and I went here as a belated Valentines celebration and our 6 months together. The place looks fabulous. Although I gotta say I do miss all the marble in the Main lobby. It gave the place a feel of "Elegance" The added Grotto in the Spa area is Fabulous! From the "steam shower, cold shower splash, Big soaking hot tub to the wet sauna and ending with the dry sauna what an experience to remember! SOOOO RELAXING AND COMFORTABLE!

The updated rooms are very nice and the beds! WOW! Very comfortable!

I would not recommend eating in the Hotel. Over priced and quality is poor.

I do suggest that you take a walk down the street and eat at the Wabash BBQ for lunch or even dinner and for breakfast head up to the Old Mill Restaurant!! Both very reasonably priced!

One more thing, after you check out on Sunday, head down to the Mercantile, it's down around the corner in a adjacent town called Willow Springs. They have wine tasting and live music ( one man band) on the weekends!

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Kansas City, Kansas
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Excellent renovations, knowledgeable staff and just far enough away to help a mom and dad get some relaxing time away from our three wonderful children. My wife got to rejuvenate in the gorgeous spa and together we wondered through the Grotto, enjoyed an excellent dinner and just enjoyed a comfortable night away. Highly recommend the packages that include spa treatments.

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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Let me start with the good part - the spa. My husband and I had the rose petal scrub with included a vichy massage. Emily did mine. She was great. She explained before we started so I would know what to expect. It was both invigorating (scrub) and relaxing (vichy massage). I do not remember my husband's therapist's name but he said she did a great job as well. The spa manager, Seth, made our appointments and made sure we had time to relax in the Grotto too.

Room - now for the bad parts. The room was spacious enough especially for an older building. The bed was lumpy and uncomfortable and the air conditioning/heater unit was loud. You could also hear everyone in the hallway as they were coming and going.

88 Restaurant - I was excited about the restaurant based on the reviews. I was disappointed. I ordered the salmon which was dry. The veggies it came with were not enough to fill me up. In fact, I still felt hungry after finishing my dinner. My husband had the duck. He said it was tough and that the sides were not well-seasoned. We both rated dinner below-average. It was certainly not fine dining.

Cafe - we had breakfast at the cafe. The food was fine but we had to wait for the barista. We were not the only ones. I think they may had had him working elsewhere too so I don't think it was his fault.

Overall, we would not go back for the hotel or restaurant but would go back for the spa.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

Just came home from a great trip to The Elms with my friend. Driving up was funny - you're passing farms and enter this small town with ramshackle houses, wondering if you're in the right place when the lovely old stone building appears! The hotel is completely remodeled & the spa is newly re-opened. We spent an amazing afternoon in The Grotto & had great massages! We felt like Jell-o when we left! So luxurious & peaceful! The 88 Restaurant was less than impressive - the food was way too pricey & too "earthy." I'd trade my $27 chicken for Wabash Depot BBQ any day! Great night's sleep on a memory foam bed! I am looking forward to a return trip with my husband or friends!

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Belleville, Il
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Our first trip to The Elms..It was very relaxing. The 88 Restaurant was upscale but very casual .
The town had a few cute little shops, the water works museum was interesting. We dined one evening at a restaurant in Excelsior Springs with wonderful piano music. We'll be back to the Elms.

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Leawood, Kansas, Usa
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

I was looking for a little getaway from the winter blues but only had a weekend so we chose The Elms in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, 1 hour north of South Kansas City. The hotel has history but has been mostly remodeled. The rooms are small but quaint, the bathrooms in the standard rooms are also small but functional. There was some noise from the hallway but it was not too bad. This resort seems to be geared for a girl's weekend or couples; I did not see any children. We enjoyed eating in their main restaurant and also the smaller pub and found the food excellent and the prices for a resort very reasonable. I had a service in the spa and was able to use The Grotto for as long as I wanted that day. It was a very relaxing weekend!

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Gower, Missouri, Usa
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

We love this hotel, it has such a great warm feel to it!! We stayed in a King Palor Suite... Very nice and roomy! The hot tub was nice and toasty even though it was 30 outside!! A great overall place to relax. While you are there... run over (15 min. east) to VanTill Winery and try the wine and wood fired brick oven pizza!! We will definatly be back to both places!!

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Additional Information about The Elms Hotel and Spa

Property: The Elms Hotel and Spa
Address: 401 Regent St, Excelsior Springs, MO 64024-2694
Location: United States > Missouri > Excelsior Springs
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Excelsior Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Elms Hotel and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 153
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is more than just an escape from the everyday.It’s an ageless journey to a place where life moves alittle slower. And now, our renovated hotel and spabring The Elms into an entirely new age. It’s thesame old charm, newly appointed. So be our guest.Experience this iconic hotel anew, rejuvenate at thespa and explore charming Excelsior Springs. Wethink you’ll find it to your liking. ... more   less 
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