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Located just across from Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza shopping district, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Raphael Hotel offers a boutique hotel with plenty of charm. As soon as you pull up to the hotel and circle around the statue at the center of the brick courtyard, you’ll feel like you’re entering a hotel in Italy rather than Kansas City. White twinkle lights cover an awning over the entrance and a front patio leads into the tall brick building that was originally built as apartments in 1928. And you’ll feel like you’re staying in an apartment rather than a hotel — the rooms are spacious and feature a large sitting area as well as a separate bedroom. The small building — only nine stories — evokes another time and place with Italian Renaissance Revival architecture and a charming lobby with beautiful chandeliers, opulent furnishings and high wooden ceilings that you’ll wish you had in your own home. The staff charms as well with their friendliness and spirit of hospitality. And that’s true of everyone from the housekeeping staff to the doormen, who will be sure to open the door each time you come and go. At Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Raphael Hotel, you’ll get a more personalized service and get to know the staff instead of feeling like you’re lost in the crowd.