Excelsior Springs

The Elms Hotel & Spa

Karl Klockars
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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
(17 Member Ratings)
"Mice people, the view, the Breakfast"
Nov 10, 2018
Council Bluffs, IA, USA

Map & Directions

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

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
  • 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.

Have a Question? Contact Travelzoo.

Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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
(17 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
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
Enjoyed Most
It's a relaxing atmosphere with a nice staff. You are able to walk to the downtown area where there are shops and restaurants.
Other Comments
Their reservation system needs updating and they should be able to generate an email confirmation when you book online but you have to call them and request one instead.
KEITH Oct 01, 2018 Lees Summit, MO, USA
Enjoyed Most
I really enjoyed the hotels architecure and the history. I loved the ambiance and relaxing, soothing music that is played in the lap pool area.
Other Comments
The front desk staff could have been more attentive and informative. We were not greeted as we arrived, we were given the wrong room type. When we returned to the desk to exchange rooms, the front staff looked something up on the computer, then walked behind the shelving unit. In the meantime another couple came in to check in and were standing behind us. After continuing to wait a while they asked if we were being helped. I said "yes". Then after more time passed I told them the situation we had and that I assumed she was working on it, though she never actually said anything when she left us. Finally after talking with the other couple a bit longer, the front desk staff came back stating she had to look something up and then gave us a new key for our new room. It also would have been nice if she would have asked if it were our first visit to the hotel when we first checked in. As first time guests it was a bit of an adventure finding where everything was located. We found our way to the spa, the girls there seemed busy with a lot of papers in front of them. I asked them a few questions but didnt want to keep them. I had assumed when I booked my room the groto was included so I was disappointed about that. We found our way to the outdoor pool and hot tub. I was disappointed the pool wasn't a salt water or heated pool but we absolutely loved the hot tub and the seating area around the firepit! The only thing missing was a nice cold drink and/or smores. One of our group members found the restrooms just inside and fitness room, which also lead us to the lap pool. When we found our way to the lap pool area, the ambionce was amazing!! It had relaxing lighting and sounds. There are plenty of seating areas and the towels were warm, soft and big! The only downside in that area was that the lap pool was colder than the cold tub and the hot tub was not working. It also would have been nice to have information on the restaurant before hand but the hostess was very friendly and informative. We ended up going out for dinner but had breakfast at the restaurant. Everyone was very friendly, and the staff member making the omelettes was awesome! She was very informative and helpful. She made delicious omelets also! Over all it was great experience but a bit pricey for going to a hotel to just enjoy the hot tubs and architecture. The price that was paid should have at least included the groto.
Vanessa Sep 30, 2018 Kansas City, MO, USA

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