Several celebrities have stayed in the presidential suite atop The Fontaine Hotel, but marketing manager Brianne Lowrey won’t divulge names. Except one.
“Cher was one of the first ones to stay in this particular suite and a funny story is she brought in an exercise machine — it was one of those shake machines, I don’t know how to explain it,” Lowrey says. “Anyway, she left it so it’s currently in our fitness center downstairs.”
Will Gregory, who handles public relations for The Westin at Crown Center, is more forthcoming. Michael Jackson, President Barack Obama, both President George Bushes, Betty White, Stevie Nicks and Mick Jagger have all stayed in the Westin’s presidential suite.
Both presidential suites are among Kansas City’s most expensive hotel rooms. The Fontaine’s runs about $2,500 a night and The Westin’s costs about $3,500 a night. Prices vary depending on the time of year.
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Lowrey gave a tour of The Fontaine’s suite recently.
One note though: Cher stayed in the suite in 2014 when 901 W. 48th Place, just off The Plaza, was known as Hotel Sorella. The boutique hotel changed ownership last year and was re-branded as The Fontaine. It’s also been remodeled.
The foyer of the suite is L-shaped. Turn left into a short hallway and there’s a bedroom off to the right that faces west toward Kansas. State Line Road is just nine blocks away. A plush blue velvet headboard is the centerpiece of the room. The entire suite, the bathrooms, living room, outdoor terraces, they’re all decorated in contemporary furnishings made of luxurious materials.
There’s modern art on the walls and the color scheme is soothing shades of gray and beige complemented by black and royal blue accents.
The bathroom has a standalone tub, a large shower and a double vanity. Back out in the hallway, the dining room is straight ahead with a large table that seats eight and a nearby hidden kitchenette with a mini fridge, microwave and coffee and espresso machines. The dining area opens on to a huge living room with a gas fireplace fronted by a slab of Carrara marble and operated with a remote control.
Doors at one end of the living room open onto a huge outdoor veranda that overlooks Ward Parkway and has three seating areas for dining and lounging and a long 3-foot high planter with several trees that provide shade and privacy during warmer months.
“We had a family from just across the way, their house flooded so they came and stayed here for a month or so,” Lowrey said, pointing toward Mission Hills. Brides and grooms often book the suite for the wedding night as do bachelor and bachelorette parties, though it’s technically only set up to sleep two. The suite also includes a powder room near the foyer.
The presidential suite at The Westin is 2,600 square feet and features two bedrooms with Westin’s famous Heavenly Beds.
The suite also has a kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, a dining room with a table for eight and a 1,500-square-foot living room with a fireplace and a wet bar.
According to Gregory, “A soothing color palette and cherrywood furnishings create a modern, refreshing space, punctuated with original artwork, spacious foyers and skylights that allow natural light to cascade in.”