Step Back in Time to Invigorate Your Future
For more than 100 years, The Elms Hotel in Excelsior Springs has welcomed guests seeking its healing waters. Back in the early 1900s, The Elms offered its soaking pools’ curative powers to guests who drove their Model T’s from Kansas City, Leavenworth, St. Louis and Hannibal for rest and reprieve.
The hotel’s massive stone structure reaches high above the trees; it’s original sign perches like a steel gargoyle on the roof, signaling that the healing heart of the hotel remains untouched. Today, following several renovations and resurgences, the iconic Elms stands as proud and tall as ever, beaconing a new generation.
Couples and girl groups seeking getaways visit for the restorative powers and historical significance, enjoying the world-renowned spa, pools and restaurant. Business groups and brides choose the relaxing retreat for its event space and parklike setting.
The Elms offers 10 meeting/banquet rooms totaling more than 13,000 square feet; the largest room accommodates up to 450 people. A corporate retreat package can include training developed by the UMKC Bloch School Executive Education Center. Staff members work with William Jewell College and regional trainers to arrange customized services. A vendor in nearby Liberty offers high and low ropes courses.
The change of scenery allows participants to focus on the day, away from office obligations. Then, following hours of intense concentration, businesses often book the city’s trolley for a ride to a nearby winery for dinner or tastings. The hotel is available for holiday parties from midweek to the weekend, December through January. A two- or three-night stay, complete with a spa package, makes a great client gift or business incentive.
Brides and grooms consult with the convention services team on every detail, from room set and linens to choosing outside vendors and transportation. The Elms offers three personalized wedding packages. Each includes the stunning setting for breathtaking photography, discounted guest room rates, cocktail hours and more. Couples may select from an array of hors d’oeuvres, salads and entrees, all created using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.
The Elms’ two elegant ballrooms deliver unique features. Overlooking the pool, the Grand Ballroom has multiple windows outlining the south end of the room in a half-moon shape. It seats up to 270 guests at round tables, with space remaining for a dance floor, bar and buffet. The Regent Ballroom seats up to 240 guests theater-style and up to 190 guests at rounds, with area remaining for a dance floor, bar and buffet.
Enchanting locations for outdoor ceremonies include the gazebo, which seats up to 300 people with 140 under the roof. The ornate wood trim on the architectural structure resembles the piping on a wedding cake, complete with a cupola. A nearby church is available as well.
The night before a wedding, families may host an on-site rehearsal dinner, or book the trolley for dinner at a winery. The bonfire pit in the grassy area near the herb garden is great for a groomsmen cocktail hour. Or the men can retreat to a private “mancave” appointed with a variety of comforts and diversions, while the bridesmaids dress. The on-site salon offers services for hair, makeup and nails.
The resort setting provides a unique and elegant experience for wedding parties each year. From a small gathering to hundreds of guests, The Elms adapts. Wedding room blocks begin with a 10-room hold and a two-night minimum. Guests are welcome to enjoy amenities such as the pools, hot tubs, games and they may reserve spa services. Romantic honeymoon suites and 153 guest rooms make planning simple.
The Elms is 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City and KCI, making it a great regional destination, as well as a truly unique experience for visitors from both coasts. Over the years, The Elms has hosted countless celebrities and dignitaries. It was in this hotel that President Harry Truman monitored the 1948 election returns, waking to find that he had been declared the surprise winner over Thomas Dewey. The Elms will stun you with its enduring history, genteel grandeur and boundless beauty. Visit soon at ElmsHotelAndSpa.com.