Stars shine above landmark Kansas City hotel

February 26, 2013 – Kansas City, MO – Forbes Travel Guide today unveiled its 55th annual listing of Star Award-winning hospitality establishments worldwide, and named The Raphael a Four Star property. It is the first time the Country Club Plaza hotel has received the honor. The Raphael is the only Kansas City hotel recognized in the 2013 Forbes Travel Guide and on Startle.com, the online home of Forbes Travel Guide.

Steve Miller, Lighthouse Properties director of operations, says the rating is an important achievement for the hotel. “Forbes has a more than 50-year tradition of guiding travelers to the best places to stay or dine. Being recognized as one of those places by such an authoritative publication demonstrates our commitment to operating a best in class hotel and it speaks well for the excellent team we have in Kansas City. We also expect it will be a boost for the hotel’s business travel segment.”

In addition to Forbes Travel Guide’s annual list of Five- and Four-Star hotels, restaurants and spas, the company revealed its new Recommended rating category, designating well-appointed hotels, restaurants and spas that deliver enhanced service, distinct value and a strong sense of place. The Raphael’s signature restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza, received a Recommended Rating Award.

About The Raphael Hotel: The Raphael is a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel that combines the charm and intimacy of a locally significant landmark with highly individualized service. It is the original boutique concept among historic Kansas City Plaza hotels. The nine-story, Italian Renaissance Revival structure is a member of National Trust Historic Hotels of America and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Raphael and its signature restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza – a standout among Kansas City Country Club Plaza restaurants, are affiliated with the Autograph Collection, a portfolio of independent hotels selected by Marriott International for their distinctiveness. More information is available at www.autograph-hotels.marriott.com.

About Forbes Travel Guide and Startle.com: Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide and originator of the prestigious Five Star ratings and certifications, has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. The information gathered from the inspectors’ visits can be found along with content by curated hospitality experts, tastemakers, Forbes Travel Guide editors and correspondents at Startle.com, online home of Forbes Travel Guide.

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