Location: Kansas City, Kansas
Size: 61 guest rooms
Meeting Space: Room for up to 500 guests
Access: Kansas City International Airport
Upon first glance, you might assume that the French-inspired Chateau Avalon was once home to a prominent Kansas City family, but you’d be incorrect. Before stepping foot inside, you may guess that all the rooms within this boutique hotel have been fashioned in a similar style, but that’s far from true. And you might presume that your stay at the Chateau Avalon Hotel and Spa would resemble a typical hotel experience, but that would be a vast understatement, as this unique property excels in crafting extraordinary experiences and memorable moments. Although nothing may be as it seems at this quirky Kansas City property, everything is exceptional in the most delightful of ways.
The Chateau Avalon was built as a hotel and has been taking reservations for its 61 guest rooms since 2004. There are 23 different room themes throughout this boutique property, from classic and luxury to adventurously whimsical, and spanning multiple floors. It’s not uncommon to open the door to a room and be greeted by an eight-foot-tall replica of an Easter Island head or to brush past a full-size palm tree on your way to the bathroom. Themes like Mayan Rainforest and Pirates Cove provide a whimsical contrast to the lavish decor in luxury suites like the three-story Monte Cristo Suite with a sculpture fountain and stair-cased rotunda that leads up to an LED jetted tub.
The service at the Chateau Avalon is on par with the over-the-top decor. Staff members go out of their way to create moments for guests that they will remember for years to come. The on-site planners work to create memorable events and meetings for groups as wide-ranging as a 20-person gathering on the d’Nile Patio to a 300-person soiree inside the new A-Vent Space. Groups love taking pictures in front of the iconic Beaumont Fountain, recently named Kansas City’s biggest structural fountain, and rave about the delicious breakfasts served each morning.
The hotel has become famous for its oversize cinnamon rolls fresh from Mema’s Old-Fashioned Bakery. But it’s the oversize attention to detail that keeps meeting groups coming back year after year to this Kansas City gem.
The Chateau Avalon Hotel and Spa is a great location for gatherings of 15 to 300 guests. Meetings and events can be held indoors or out. The new A-Vent Space, similar to a European “orangerie,” features removable walls and ceilings for breezy events under the stars for up to 500 guests. The Beaumont Stateroom, for up to 24 guests, is on the top floor of the chateau and is a stunning replica of the Hearst Castle. Outdoor events are held on the d’Nile Patio, where fountains and statues provide the backdrop for gatherings beneath the garden lights for up to 50 guests at seated events and 100 guests at cocktail parties.
Mornings at the Chateau Avalon start with a full-service breakfast menu that features the famous homemade cinnamon rolls. The culinary team at the chateau crafts light bites and small plates for evening events, where favorites include their toasted ravioli and delicious flatbreads. Many of Kansas City’s preeminent caterers are on the chateau’s preferred-vendor list, but it’s the award-winning d’Nile Bar lounge that guests rave about the most. The lounge is home to one of the area’s favorite bartenders, who crafts whimsical cocktails from top-shelf liquor brands. Premium wines and beer are available for events, and the room service menu also includes alcohol.
Each of the uniquely themed suites features premium linens and a jetted bathtub for relaxing after a successful meeting or event. Meeting planners have access to the chateau’s chairs and tables, as well as an outdoor tent in the case of inclement weather. Lighting can be customized for groups indoors or out, and the garden lights add a dazzling display to nighttime events on the patio. The new A-Vent Space can accommodate live music and DJs with a state-of-the-art sound system, but the fountains provide a serene soundtrack for outdoor meetings or catered brunches.
Before and After
The hotel is set on 28 acres, just one mile from the Kansas Speedway and two miles from shopping at the Legends Outlets Kansas City. Meeting guests can book in-room spa services from the Chateau Spa or add-on romantic amenities to their overnight stays at the hotel. Groups can test their luck at the Hollywood Casino across the street or enjoy the arcade at Dave and Busters nearby. The chateau is in the heart of Village West, rated the No. 1 tourism destination in Kansas, where more than 2 million square feet of shopping and 40 restaurants provide ample entertainment options.