You don't normally think of Kansas City when you hear a hotel with the name Chateau Avalon, but that's precisely where you will find this independent boutique hotel.
Chateau Avalon, which bills itself as a boutique theme hotel retreat, is in the Village West area of Kansas City. Because the hotel is on 28 wooded acres, you feel as if you're in a quiet out-of-the-way locale. Yet the hotel is only one mile from Interstates 70 and 435 and adjacent to the new Hollywood Casino. You are about two minutes from the Kansas Speedway, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Cabela's, Sporting KC and Legends Outlets Kansas City.
I had spotted the Chateau while touring the Kansas Speedway and was told that sometimes race fans assume the big “house” on the hill is a home for NASCAR's first family. It was actually built as a hotel and has never been anything else. When I drove up to the entrance, it did feel a bit like arriving at someone's French country estate. There is a massive fountain out front and sweeping stairs lead to a glass and wood double front door. (Note: if you need an elevator, there is one on the ground level to the right of the front door.)
I was there as a guest of Chateau Avalon's owner, Steve Beaumont, so my check-in was not typical. However, as I waited in the lobby that evening for my ride, I watched others check in and the process seemed flawless. The front desk staff was friendly and outgoing, giving suggestions for dinner at nearby restaurants and taking curious guests to view available rooms and check out the different themes. The hotel has 61 guest rooms and 23 different concept suites, so every experience will be just a bit different.
Before heading to my own room, I had a chance to tour the hotel and visit several different rooms with Mr. Beaumont. I was thrilled to discover that every room–from the classic rooms to luxury suites and even the themed adventure rooms–all have two-person jetted tubs, brand new LED flat-screen TVs and free wifi.
When I was finally ushered to my room, I discovered that I was booked into the Presidential suite. When I entered, it looked as if I had entered a library, with bookshelves and a small table for two. I had to open the hidden door (one of the shelves) to get to the actual bedroom. The bed was a massive four-poster king with a fabulous Beau-Rev mattress and Egyptian cotton linens. I wasn't crazy about the pillows, but the mattress made up for them. In addition to the bed, the room had a desk with executive chair, new flat-screen TV and the promised two-person jetted tub, complete with mood lighting. The bathroom on the other side of the “library” was stocked with lovely Gilchrist & Soames amenities. This would definitely be an ideal room for a romantic tryst for two.
Because I was there working, I did have a couple of things in the room that I found a bit difficult to work around. For example, the desk space was limited because the TV took up a big part of the desk. However, after seeing the other rooms, I think the classic rooms might be better for business travelers. I love a good tub and this one did not disappoint. I had a luxurious soak that night, perfect for a stormy evening. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed showering the next morning. I found it difficult to get in and out of the shower because I had to get down into the massive tub to stand under the water. Some rooms have separate showers, so be sure to ask for one if you have a preference.
There are three larger suites at Chateau Avalon. Two were occupied, so I didn't have a chance to visit them. The Tuscany is a two-story Italian themed room with marble columns, a sweeping staircase and wrought-iron queen bed. The Monte Cristo is a three-story suite with 300-degree views from the windows, separate two-head shower and a chromatherapy whirlpool at the top of a tower.
I was able to visit the Camelot, which looks like a set from a performance of Shakespeare. Rock walls, a knight in shining armor standing guard and a tub in what looks like a wooden boat add to the medieval feel. You reach the king size bed by crossing the drawbridge inside the room.
The adventure rooms vary depending on the theme, from a deserted island or pirate's cove to an Egyptian palace, Mayan rainforest or New York penthouse. The classic rooms are also themed, but might be better options for those staying on business. Each room still has an oversized jetted tub, flat-screen TV and work desk with executive chair, but are a bit more toned down than the other rooms. None of the rooms had refrigerators or safes, both of which I consider necessities in a business hotel.
Services and Amenities
The staff at Chateau Avalon works hard to make sure guests are happy. It shows in the little extras. My breakfast, cooked to order and delivered to my room at the exact time I asked, included fresh orange juice, fruit, eggs, hot tea and a massive sweet roll for two. The breakfast is included in your room rate and the sweet roll is optional.
The staff offers a selection of packages with romantic touches, from wine and roses to candles and chocolate-covered strawberries.
If you're in town on business, Chateau Avalon has the Beaumont Stateroom available for use. It has a board room-style table that seats up to 24, high speed WiFi and wired Internet service, 60″ LCD TV/Computer monitor, touch panel control system and presentation materials.
You can book a variety of spa services during your stay, from facials or foot scrubs to hot stone massages. The services are done in the privacy of your own suite by a professional therapist.
Chateau Avalon does not have an on-site restaurant. It does, however, have a quaint wine bar that is open every evening. The d'Nile bar is, you guessed it, Egyptian themed. The bar is on the hotel's ground floor (downstairs from reception) and opens onto the North Patio, a beautiful outdoor space overlooking the woods. This is a great spot for hotel guests, but it is also open to the public, making it an ideal after-work hot spot during happy hour. You can choose from a selection of wines, specialty cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks, small plates and desserts.
I enjoyed my visit to Chateau Avalon. It is fun and a bit eccentric, but comfortable. I loved being so close to restaurants and shops, but because of its location, you have a feel of country chateau. My room was large and comfortable, but if I go back, I will probably opt for a room with separate shower and big windows.
It's interesting to note that the medical records software company Cerner Corporation just built a new facility on a 236-acre office park next to Chateau Avalon. I recommend this hotel for those who need to visit the company but want something a bit different and more unique than the nearby corporate hotels.
For those wanting a romantic getaway, Chateau Avalon is perfect. There are shops, restaurants, a comedy club and more just minutes away, but you can forget the outside world once you're tucked into your comfy bed or soaking in the tub.
- 62 themed rooms
- Some rooms with separate tub/shower
- Two-person whirlpool tubs
- Free in-room WiFi
- Flat screen TV
- Desk and executive chair in room
- Luxurious bed linens
- Limited room service
- d'Nile Wine Bar
- Free cooked-to-order breakfast
- 24-hour front desk
- Iron & ironing board on request
- Gilchrist & Soames amenities
- Coffee/tea in lobby
- Spa services available in-room
- Free newspapers in the lobby
- Turndown service available
- Extra romantic amenities available for a fee
701 Village West Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66111