The Best Spa Hotels and Retreats to Book in Kansas City, Missouri

The Loews Kansas City Hotel offers sleek accommodation
The Loews Kansas City Hotel offers sleek accommodation | Courtesy of Loews Kansas City Hotel /
Nick Dauk

It should come as no surprise that the City of Fountains is more than ready to bathe you in relaxation. The spa hotels in Kansas City show a softer side of Missouri, one that gently pampers even the smokiest of skin hardened by hours in front of a smoker. From in-room jetted tubs to private sanctuaries where customized treatments are readily accessible, these spa hotels and retreats in Kansas City are as smooth as the jazz notes filling the soundscape, and they’re bookable on Culture Trip.

1. 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City, for creative souls


A studio suite with a bright purple sofa at the 21c Museum Hotel Kansas City
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Searching for a unique retreat in Kansas City that stimulates inspiration and pampers your creative soul? The 21c Museum Hotel is your refuge, and the blue penguin is your concierge. More than 8,000sqft (743sqm) of exhibition space showcases dazzling original artwork so breathtaking that your mind and spirit will find comfort in such lively pieces. Of course, you can give your physical muscles the same relief after a workout in the fitness center.

2. Loews Kansas City Hotel, for multiple treatment rooms


A contemporary corner suite with sweeping city views at the Loews Kansas City Hotel
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Loews believes that a spa hotel in Kansas City shouldn’t limit its treatment rooms to a single space. Indeed, the luxury spa has five treatment rooms, and each is as unapologetic as the next. It’s the place to be to loosen your muscles after a long swim in the indoor saltwater lap pool. Your pruney skin will be massaged back to its supple yet smooth complexion after a mix of natural lotions and oils is rubbed into every pore.

3. The Elms Hotel and Spa, for a grotto experience

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The Tudor Revival-style facade of the Elms Hotel and Spa
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This spa hotel near Kansas City knows a thing or two about making you feel your best; it’s been leaving guests rejuvenated and refreshed since 1888. Even if you merely spend your moments in the Roman bath-inspired Grotto, you’ll understand. The saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs are equally relaxing before or after a treatment or two. There are too many favorite spa services to list; however, the Cloud 9 Cupping Massage is a favorite.

5. Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa, for a full-body treatment


A classic one-bed guest room at the Argosy Casino Hotel and Spa
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Walk out of the Argosy with a winning smile without ever touching the casino floor. The on-site full-service spa is one of the best spas in Kansas City. There’s no need to read the extensive menu of services – simply pick a package. The Focus Package, for instance, covers all the bases with 30-minute custom treatments for the face, body, hands and feet. Need time at the gaming tables after all? The Express Package will get you waxed and made up quickly so that you can sport your best poker face.

6. The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection, for pure relaxation

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An elegant corner guest room at the Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection
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The Raphael Hotel is synonymous with relaxation and even offers a Relaxation Package. It comes with a premier suite boasting a large jetted tub and tufted frame king bed. A one-hour massage will follow right in your room, with wine and champagne waiting for you when you’re finished. Breakfast for two will seal the deal the next morning – if you’re not too tired from a night of endorphin indulgence, that is.

7. Crossroads, for a suite like no other


The seasonal rooftop bar with city views at the Crossroads
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The HS Truman Parlor at the Crossroads is a different kind of presidential suite. One may consider it a spa retreat in Kansas City for your social life. The lounge is a sauna of sorts – a relaxing space to unwind in minutes and prepare for a night of fun. The wet bar is a pre-treatment plunge pool, giving you the instant energy boost your body needs to make every nerve electrified. The poker table, well, that’s a treatment room like no other.

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