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The Elms Hotel & Spa

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Why We Love It

  • This grand historic limestone hotel sits on 16 acres of landscaped grounds, creating an oasis-like retreat
  • The 25,000-square-foot spa boasts a large list of treatments, including massages, mud wraps and hydrotherapy treatments
  • There's also a tavern on site, along with a European-style indoor lap pool

Enjoyed This
(20 Member Ratings)
"The history and the friendliness of the staff"
Gary and Kathy
Nov 17, 2018
Rocheport, MO, USA

Map & Directions

The Kansas City International Airport is approximately a 45 minute drive.

Rooms & Rates

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This hotel is an ideal spot for a relaxing retreat a short drive from Kansas City. One of the oldest hotels in Missouri, the Elms Hotel and Spa was built in 1912 near the springs for which the hotel is named. Going even further back in history, the Spa at the Elms has been a sought after destination for rejuvenating treatments since 1888. Guests can spend the day being pampered at the exfoliation bar, relax with a massage, unwind in the grotto or give hydrotherapy a try. 

Guest rooms offer a stately, upscale feel with memory foam mattresses, Keurig coffee makers, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The indoor lap pool, 24-hour fitness center and parking are all complimentary. The on-site restaurant, 88 at the Elms, serves all-day American fare and guests can also stop by the Tavern in the evening for cocktails and small plates. 

From the press:
  • "The resort features a full-service day spa with a treatment menu that make it worth the 45-minute drive from downtown Kansas City" -- Fodor's



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Fitness classes
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Hot Tub / Jacuzzi
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Hair salon (fees apply)
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Internet access


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary valet service


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Roll-in shower


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children 17 and under stay free of charge when using existing bedding.
Extra bedding available upon request: $20 plus tax, per night.

Crib/Pack 'n Play are not available.
Extra person charge is $10 (subject to tax), per person, per night.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at $50 plus tax per pet per stay.

Fees: A resort/facility fee of $13.75 inclusive of tax, per night will be added to the total price of your stay upon check out.

This fee includes wireless internet, in room bottle water service, weekend activities, in room coffee and tea, gym, pool and lap pool access.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(20 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for The Elms Resort and Spa over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.2 Location
3.5 Rooms
4.1 Quality of Service
4.1 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The history and the friendliness of the staff
Gary and Kathy Nov 17, 2018 Rocheport, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
The Grotto area and spa were great. Also love the quaintness of this hotel
Other Comments
The carpeting in our room could use some updating. It was stained but other than that we had a good time here.
Deborah Nov 14, 2018 Collinsville, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Workout facility and pool/jacuzzi access.
Other Comments
Service was bad. Front desk wasn't as helpful as I'd expected to be, especially for the price I was paying per night. They kept "forgetting" to send items to my room. Had to call down to the front desk multiple times. Upon checking out the front service agent, tried to overcharge me. Once I corrected him, he then tried to charge me for a breakfast meal, after I told him I had a food and beverage credit attached with my room. Overall experience was not great. Wouldn't recommend.
Sharonne Nov 13, 2018 Kansas City, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
Mice people, the view, the Breakfast
Diane Nov 10, 2018 Council Bluffs, IA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The relaxed environment, spa and pool facilities
Other Comments
Bring back the French onion soup!
Steve Oct 29, 2018 Lawrence, KY, USA
Enjoyed Most
The Spa experience was absolutely an awesome experience. My wife and I will be going back in the future.
Lyle Oct 29, 2018 Paloma, IL, USA
Enjoyed Most
Had a wonderful suite. Beautifully decorated. Old World craftsmanship and design throughout hotel.
Jack Oct 25, 2018 Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Enjoyed Most
Spa grotto location
Christina Oct 13, 2018 OmahaOmaha, NE, USA
Enjoyed Most
The lap pool
Meghan Oct 09, 2018 Kansas City, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
The spa, lap pool and grounds.
Deborah Oct 04, 2018 Warrensburg, MO, USA

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