My recent book, THE COSMETICS BARON YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF: E. VIRGIL NEAL AND TOKALON, features the Hotel Bothwell. The protagonist, Missouri native E. V. Neal, invested in its construction in 1927 and, in 1933, on a trip from his newly-acquired trophy chateau in France, stayed at the Bothwell, lecturing and visiting friends from his days as a student and professor at the Sedalia Business College.
On a fact-finding trip for the book two years ago my husband and I dined at the Ivory Grille but did not have time to stay at the hotel. On this trip to Sedalia we were able to spend the night at the Bothwell--and dine again at the Ivory Grille. Both experiences were very pleasurable.
Parking in the lot adjacent was convenient. The elegant Bothwell lobby, with its huge crystal chandelier, and the panelled ballroom on the mezzanine transported us back to the '20s and '30s. The young woman who checked us in was friendly, courteous and professional. Our kingsized room had a full and a half bath (with their original 1920s tile floors and basins), armoire, sofa and coffee table, and free internet connection. The room was large and attractively appointed; the bed linens were exquisite. The bed was very comfotable. Although the temperature outdoors was very hot our room was delightfully cool and very quiet. The towels were thick; the soaps and shampoo of high quality. The cost, about $100, was very reasonable compared to Chicago, where we had spent the last two weeks.
The Ivory Grille, in the hotel basement, is a separate entity. The chef, whom we remembered, is marvelous. Our dinner of rustic salad, hot rolls and honey butter, and sauerbraten was delectable. The wine was excellent. The portions were so large that we could not touch the dessert which came with the meal.
Business kept us from the free breakfast before we set off to the library the next morning so I cannot comment on that.
The General Manager, Marilyn Huntsman, whom we met the next day in the midst of her preparations for the coming State Fair, was welcoming and even chatted with us briefly about the hotel and its history. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Bothwell and recommend it to those traveling to Sedalia for business or pleasure.
Mary Schaeffer Conroy, Emeritus Professor, History, University of Colorado at Denver
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