10 Best Historic Hotels In Kansas, USA - Updated 2024

Contributing Writer
| 5 min read

Kansas is near the geographic center of the continental United States and was once its agricultural heartland. The geodetic center of North America, the point of reference for land surveys in the continent, is in Kansas as well. The state features high plains, hills, forests, rivers, chalk spires, and canyons, where you can visit the best prairie lands and experience the remarkable facets of cowboy culture. The pastoral landscape offers glimpses of the past along the Sante Fe Trail and in tribal museums. Get a vision of the future from the skyline of its biggest cities and wind farms that contribute about 41 percent of the state’s energy needs. Enjoy delicious food and take home fresh produce from homesteads. If you want to know more about the state’s history, stay in a hotel that has lived it. Check out the best historic hotels in Kansas, USA.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) properties with historic significance, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 29, 2024.

1. Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection (from USD 306)

When you’re staying for a spell in Wichita, choose a hotel with a high level of engagement to the comfort of guests. The waffles served at Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection come highly recommended. You can dine on fine fare with champagne in privacy.

High-end room features include a coffee station, an ergonomic workspace, and sophisticated interior decor. The historic building used to house Dockum Drug Store and the Union National Bank in the 1920s. Now, this boutique hotel continues to make history by amassing awards of excellence.

Stayed at this property?

Ambassador Hotel Wichita, Autograph Collection

Address: 104 South Broadway Street
1.19 km (0.8 mi) from Exploration Place

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

2. The Courtland Hotel & Spa, Fort Scott (from USD 87)

The Courtland Hotel & Spa was built in 1906, a block away from a Frontier Post from 1842. Originally, the building’s lower level featured six separate storefronts, each with a front door and a back door. In its early years, the ground floor housed Fort Scott businesses and offered lodgings upstairs.

At present, there’s a museum in the lobby where you can learn more about local history. It’s a two-star hotel with clean, air-conditioned family rooms. Guests may look forward to enjoying tasty breakfast options. Find time to go around Fort Scott on bicycles and go horseback riding during your stay.

Stayed at this property?

The Courtland Hotel & Spa

9.0 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: 121 E 1st St
232.92 km (144.8 mi) from Exploration Place

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities Golf course (within 3 km) Non-smoking rooms Fishing Barber/beauty shop Family rooms Free parking

3. Historic Elgin Hotel, Marion

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Historic Elgin Hotel on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

At Historic Elgin Hotel, you can stay in a quiet and private space. There are 12 suites on offer in this 19th-century limestone building. Experience the Elgin brand of luxury in a grand master suite with ornate fittings, mood lighting, and antique furniture. The alternative is to socialize in a vintage courtyard or a fabulous Victorian ballroom. Guests have an open invitation for wine tasting and murder mystery dinners.

This remarkable suite should be available right now, so jump on the bandwagon for a unique experience of luxury. The Historic Elgin Hotel is undoubtedly the finest boutique hotel in Flint Hills.

Historic Elgin Hotel

Address: 115 N Third, Marion, KS 66861, United States

Price: from 119 USD

Star Rating: 4 Star

Travelers Review: Excellent 4.9(from 156 reviews)

Book Now

Stayed at this property?

4. The Weaver Hotel, Waterville

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by The Weaver Hotel on Monday, July 23, 2018

The Weaver Hotel in Waterville is a cosmopolitan building from 1905. It first served as a place or respite for train passengers waiting for their journey on the tracks across the roads. Long ago, these pioneers found the parlor, diner, and rooms upstairs restful and satisfactory, as you will when you book a holiday in this landmark establishment.

In American railroad history, this hotel stands out for its excellent service to the community, which continues to this day. There are 2 party rooms and 10 upgraded lodging rooms available to guests. Handicap features make this building one of the most accessible in the city.

The Weaver Hotel

Address: 126 Kansas Ave, Waterville, KS 66548, United States

Price: from 65 USD

Travelers Review: Excellent 4.8(from 59 reviews)

Book Now

Stayed at this property?

5. Midland Railroad Hotel, Wilson (from USD 119)

Midland Railroad Hotel was renovated most recently in 2003 as a homage to its days of renown in the 1920s. At that time, it was considered one of the finest establishments in the Midwest. If you have seen the 1973 movie “Paper Moon,” you’d realize this hotel was used as a backdrop during filming.

A renovation in 1997 earned the hotel an award for artistic restoration. Today, guests benefit from the efforts to preserve the virtues of this historic hotel built in 1899 and first named Power Hotel. Check out the Sample Room and learn of its historical significance. Bring your pets to enjoy walks in the garden. Premium beddings in all 28 rooms and concierge service make your stay extra comfortable.

Stayed at this property?

Midland Railroad Hotel

Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille

Address: 414 26th Street
160.03 km (99.5 mi) from Exploration Place

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
coffee maker in room would be nice
excellent historic building; well maintained; good bed mattress
the rooms were comfortable
the room was clean and comfortable
the whole staff was very friendly and helpful
the staff were so nice and friendly and the bar/restaurant is cool
Read more reviews

6. Senate Luxury Suites, Topeka (from USD 88)

Senate Luxury Suites, near the Kansas Capitol Building, is said to be occupied by spirits and apparitions. What is known as fact is that this 1920s establishment was purpose-built for Assembly Representatives and members of the Senate for their session in Topeka. Look out from your private balcony with nostalgia and feel cozy in your decorated suite or studio with digital features.

Within the property’s vicinity, guests can visit the Harley Davidson Museum after a pool game or before your gym regimen. Take a look around and appreciate how this building is often lauded as one of the most beautiful historic structures in the city.

Stayed at this property?

Senate Suites Extended Stay Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 900 Southwest Tyler Street
209.63 km (130.3 mi) from Exploration Place

Parking Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Business centre Laundry Dry cleaning

7. Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita (from USD 177)

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita is a historic hotel on the banks of the Arkansas River known for its polished and friendly service since its founding in 1922. Guests may immerse in casual comforts and enjoy the much-celebrated breakfast and menu. Book a suite for extra space and great city views.

All rooms have a microwave oven, refrigerator, and flat-screen TV with cable. No matter how full your itinerary, set aside time for the hotel’s gym, indoor pool, and whirlpool tub. Let the staff know if you’re taking the airport shuttle for a smooth 7-mi (11.3-km) journey to one of the landmark hotels in downtown Wichita.

Stayed at this property?

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille Visual Aid: Tactile

Address: 400 West Douglas Avenue
655 meters (0.5 ft) from Exploration Place

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Terrace Non-smoking rooms

8. Hotel at Old Town, Wichita (from USD 149)

Once a warehouse facility for hardware goods in the early 20th century, Hotel at Old Town now offers guests immaculate living spaces in the Old Town Entertainment District. Cultural, historical, and sports venues are within a short distance from the hotel’s location. This historic hotel is connected to a conference center.

Handpicked vintage furnishing, custom decor, and exposed brick add character to this destination hotel. It is also a family-friendly hotel with cribs, infant beds, and laundry facilities available to guests. Premium bedding and entertainment features will make you want to extend your stay in any of the 115 rooms, each of which has updated kitchen appliances.

Stayed at this property?

Hotel at Old Town

Address: 830 East First Street North
1.78 km (1.2 mi) from Exploration Place

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
charming old hotel with large room and updated amenities
very nice staff at check in
great experience and close to a lot of dining and shopping
good overall hotel in a great location (old town in wichita)
enjoyed being able to walk to restaurants
Read more reviews

9. Grand Central Hotel & Grill, Cottonwood Falls

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

Refined rooms and excellent steak make Grand Central Hotel & Grill a truly remarkable accommodation. The Sterling beef served at the hotel’s award-winning fine dining restaurant is not the only high-quality item on the menu. The amenities of this elegant hotel give guests a taste of elegance with a western flair.

It was in 1884 when the Grand Central Hotel opened its doors. After a few name changes, it reopened in 1995, with the original moniker to much applause. The oversized rooms are named after historic cattle brands, such as Rogler Ranch, Clover Cliff, Z Bar Ranch, and Turkey Track.

Grand Central Hotel & Grill

Address: 215 Broadway St, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845, United States

Price: from 160 USD

Star Rating: 3 Star

Travelers Review: Very Good 4.3(from 196 reviews)

Book Now

Stayed at this property?

10. The Eldrige Hotel, Lawrence (from USD 149)

The Eldrige Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas, offers guests spacious suites and a restaurant with an extensive wine list. It stands in the former location of the two hotels that burned to the ground in the 19th century. Rebuilt by Col. Shalor Eldridge, it was brought to life in the image of a phoenix rising from the ashes.

The hotel is a reminder of the city’s tumultuous history. In 1925, the deteriorating building was saved by a community effort. After many years of closure, it was renovated in 1985, with 48 roomy suites on the top 4 floors. After another bout of restorations in 2005, Eldridge Hotel has become the city’s premier hotel with concierge service and resplendent in 1920s themes.

Stayed at this property?

The Eldridge Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 701 Massachusetts Street
232.89 km (144.8 mi) from Exploration Place

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden

Relive history in Kansas

When in Kansas, there are several opportunities to experience the glory days of old. While staying in the best historic hotels of The Sunflower State, you will appreciate the community’s efforts to preserve the monuments and memories that enrich the places we visit.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.


Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our Privacy Policy for more information on how we use your data

Deanna Kathrina, a pediatric physical therapist specializing in neurodevelopmental disability, serves as a teacher and advocate. As a lifelong learner, she enjoys the company of music and aspires...Read more

 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Kansas
Looking for accommodation?
Good things are meant to be shared!
Back to top
Visited any of these places? Click this button to activate our "Add a Tip" feature to share your experience.