The 110 year old house is full of color, art, and charm, and situated conveniently in the heart of Kansas City- in between Westport/ Plaza and Downtown.
The master bedroom is the entire 3rd floor- and is an open, inviting space furnished with a full size bed, antique furniture, walk in closet, and office nook.
The bathroom is an open design (no privacy walls), with a sink, toilet, and fancy-pants whirlpool bath/steam shower with multiple shower heads. It's fun! Since the bathroom opens into the 3rd floor space, it's best if you are very comfortable with your traveling companion. One guest can seep on the couch downstairs and/or use the other bathroom for more privacy (hence the listing as two beds to accommodate 3 guests)
Shared Kitchen/Living Room on the 2nd floor with housemate in 1st floor room. Full access to kitchen and laundry. Stone fire-pit out back for your use, also. Let us know advance and we can arrange for dry wood.
Ample street parking. Wireless Internet (password upon request). Bus stop just outside!
No smoking, no pets. Children of all ages welcome.
Light breakfast, coffee, and tea provided.
Open to long-term stays, also.
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The neighborhood is as described in previous reviews: a little sketchy, but seemingly safe. A local friend called it "up and coming" and I don't doubt it. Kevin was available by phone when we arrived and gave me the location of the key. He was out of town. I was with my husband and 2 year old to visit friends. We left to meet them for lunch and came back in the afternoon to give the little guy a nap. I texted Kevin about the wifi password and he was quick to respond. There was no electricity on the 3rd floor section that we'd arranged to stay. After another phone call, me and a friend went to the basement to flip the proper breaker switch which seemed to fix the problem. We also noticed there was only one roll of toilet paper in the whole house which was a little weird. Kevin's friend was looking in on things while he was away and was kind enough to go out and purchase more. Problem solved. However, during our time there in the afternoon, we also noticed that every smoke detector on the 2nd and 3rd floor had been removed. We found the location of the detectors with no batteries. With a small child and a very old house, we did not feel comfortable staying the night. I let Kevin know and left the key where I found it, but we made other arrangements that night. He was very receptive and apologetic for the issues, but the fact was, he wasn't around to fix them and we were inconvenienced by not having overnight accommodations. He authorized a refund when we asked and even offered to put us up again for free if we found ourselves back in KC. I was sorry it didn't work out, but appreciate him providing the appropriate refund. If it weren't for the smoke detectors, we would have stayed. I wouldn't go back unless I knew the proper safety precautions had been met.
Our host, Raphael, was great! Very accommodating and understanding of what we wanted to do on our trip to KC. He offered plenty of advice on places to go. You say Tomato, one of his suggestions, was excellent! Previous reviews are fairly accurate. This spot worked great for us as we were in town for a concert and really just needed a place to crash at night. Would definitely stay here again!
Truly terrific! Kevin was out of town, but we were welcomed at the door by his emissary Raphael (a spectacular crochet artist!), and Kevin called shortly after to check on us. How were we? Utterly charmed by this place! Airy, bright and clean, it was obvious that every colorful piece of furniture and unique decoration had been "discovered" rather than simply purchased. Still, we felt quite comfortable sitting on the couch, using the kitchen, and moving the coffee table to the side for some morning yoga. The bed was comfy and the room smelled like candles. The neighborhood is being absolutely pioneered by artists, musicians, and lovers of backyard chickens. Don't let a few boarded up buildings scare you - look a little closer, that old junk bathtub in the front yard is full of flowers and there are high-end cocktails and $13 hamburgers just a couple blocks away! A mere 1/2 hr walk took us to the Crossroads arts district, and just around the corner we enjoyed the most scrumptious breakfast at "You Say Tomato"... there couldn't BE a better location! We're utterly ruined for hotels now - how crushingly boring by comparison! Truly, I ought to gush less, because I want this place to be AVAILABLE to us when we come to visit again. Thank you, Kevin and comrades! We had a great time!
Place had a great vibe to it. Our host was very lenient and made the meet-up easy. Previous reviews are fairly accurate on the place and neighborhood, regarding complaints. However, we didn't think the neighborhood was as scary as people made it sound.
My fiancee and I really enjoyed staying at this house. This was a very last minute trip and I was able to coordinate staying at Kevin's place easily. Though I never met him (he did come by after we had arrived, but we're showering/getting ready for the evening) a very friendly and interesting housemate Raphael helped us with everything during our stay. He made us feel very welcome and went out of his way with anything we needed. The house is very charming and is alive in its antique decor. The bed was extremely comfortable and room in general had a cozy feel. The shower was a bit tricky to figure out but I felt added to our adventure haha! The toilet in the room didn't have the strongest of flushing capabilities, but there is also a second restroom on the second story in the common area. When we first saw the neighborhood I thought it could be a little scetchy, but after staying there my fiancee and I didn't feel like this was a bad neighborhood (I think the sounding area is older in general and can appear run down, but that doesn't make it bad). The location is very convenient and suited our needs, very easy to get anywhere.
First the good. Kevin was responsive and helpful with everything I asked about. The room was inespenaive so a good option if you are on a budget.
Now the not so good. The house was not in the safest area, which I confirmed with multiple cab drivers who picked me up there. I never felt in danger but it's not a place to hang outside at 4am. The toilet broke twice (which kevin fixed ASAP), there was a drop in the shower and since no wall separation from bed it was annoying to sleep with. Maybe I didn't fully turn off faucet but I believe I did. Confusing to work shower which is something outta Star Trek. Very nice but totally unnecessary and too complex. Kevin helped me figure out how to work it.
So that's the good and bad. For me, I wouldn't stay there again but it was clean and no really big deals. Just not for me.
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I'm an urban dandy and march to my own path. I always jump at a chance to go to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (free yoga in the Park on lovely Sundays!), explore the city that I love and share it with new friends. Especially the off-the beaten-path shopping, for you little boutique and vintage loving peeps out there.
Also, I love to cook and most importantly to eat! Mostly vegetarian/vegan/local, but I will try anything and love flavors of all kinds. When I have time, I like to go out dancing.
Making true connections with people and being a good host are important things to me- and I look forward to doing both with our new Air B n B buds.
Live-in host for late night/early mornings is Raphael Kroshay.