THE ELMS HOTEL AND SPA UNVEILS RENOVATIONS AND ENHANCEMENTS INCLUDING NEW CAFÉ SOTERIAN AND NEW SPA EXPERIENCES

The Elms Hotel

Excelsior Springs, MO – The Elms Hotel and Spa [1] is pleased to
announce the completion of renovations to its guestrooms, lobby, spa,
ballroom, fitness center, outdoor space, and dining areas. The historic
hotel, which has welcomed guests for over 125 years, debuts an updated
look inspired by the hotel’s original features, ensuring the
preservation of the property’s legacy while providing guests a
timeless experience.

The hotel’s upgrades, designed by Meri Meis [2], span the entirety of
the 153-room property and have been underway since late 2020. The
designs were inspired by the original architecture of the hotel, including
the mosaic tile flooring in the lobby, with the end product displaying a
transitional-modern style that complements the historic design elements.
By using the emerald and burgundy hues of the tiles as accents
throughout the lobby, complementing these and the existing Craftsman
style with more modern neutral shades of gray and beige, Meis created a
cohesive aesthetic to tie together the common areas, guestrooms, and spa.
 

Newly added spaces in the hotel include the Café Soterian and The
Market, both located in the lobby. The Café Soterian serves Elms Blend
coffee drinks, smoothies, pastries, and lunch offerings daily, and at
night transforms into a wine bar serving craft beers, flatbread pizzas,
and more. The Market provides guests a space to shop for sweet treats
and purchase souvenirs to commemorate their trip to Excelsior Springs.

Spa at The Elms introduced a new sanctuary space providing clients an
area to unwind ahead of treatments. Seating in the sanctuary is
conducive for solo guests or groups, offering an array of seating
options for lounging. Once in the spa, guests also have access to new
VIP treatment rooms. All of the spa upgrades were conceptualized in
tandem with Spa Director Marissa Krems, ensuring that the space is
tailored to the needs of spa clientele. Within the space, Meis
incorporated tranquil, natural colors accented by blue hues to visually
reference the element of water, drawing on the hotel’s location
surrounded by 46 mineral springs. Tiles in the spa were handmade and the
art was thoughtfully chosen to further the water-inspired imagery and
create a calming environment for guests to relax. Guests can also enjoy
the new mud bar where they can exfoliate and experience the natural
healing properties present in the mineral-enriched mud. In the outdoor
grotto area outside of the spa, a new zen garden allows guests a space
to retreat and reflect. Guests are invited to join a complimentary class
on Wednesdays and Fridays where they can connect with nature in the
meditation garden.

To accompany the enhancements, the spa menu has been updated to include
brand-new suite experiences, Halo Spa Cave and Detox Salt Suite.

–          Spa Suite Experiences are experiential packages intended for
couples or groups, each of which comes with a two-hour grotto pass for
all guests in addition to sessions with a Reiki Master, indulgent
champagne foot scrubs, tarot card readings, radiant facial masks and
more.

–          Halo Salt Cave: using halotherapy, an all-natural approach to
cleanse and detoxify the lungs to improve respiratory function, spa
guests can relax in the salt cave for 45 minutes while breathing in dry
salt that removes impurities from the lungs, clears congestion,
increases oxygen intake and boosts immunity.

–          Breathe & Detox Salt Suite: infrared saunas aid (aide is in
politics) in the detoxification of the body from the inside out,
eliminating chemicals from the body and easing soreness. This treatment,
done in the Salt Suite, engages all senses: guests will taste the salty
air, smell essential oils, feel the warmth of the infrared heat, hear
the soothing guided meditation, and see the changing lights of
medical-grade chromotherapy and red-light waves.

The ballroom, an event space for weddings and other large-scale events,
was updated while keeping in mind the traditional details that enhance
its character. Meis brought in subtle gray tones to modernize the space
while retaining the historic feel, and designed a custom carpet with a
non-repeating pattern, making the space appropriate for one-of-a-kind
events and ensuring cohesion with the rest of the hotel.

Additional upgrades to the property include a refinished indoor lap
pool; updates to the fitness center including new workout equipment from
Peloton; the incorporation of the lobby’s colors and styles to the
boardrooms and meeting spaces; updated furniture and décor in The
Tavern, the property’s cocktail bar serves a variety of pub fare and
bar snacks; and re-conception of Three Owls (formerly The 88
Restaurant), serving traditional American flavors and locally-sourced
farm-to-table specialties.

“The vision for the multimillion-dollar renovation at The Elms Hotel
and Spa was to take the hotel back to its roots but give it a modern
flair at the same time,” said James Gould, Principal of Horizon Hotel
Group. “We are incredibly excited to have past guests and new visitors
stay at the property and experience everything from the new mud bar at
our renowned spa to the Zen Garden for the ultimate place to unwind.”

Renowned for beautifully appointed accommodations, The Elms Hotel & Spa
delivers lavish amenities and standard-setting service on lovely grounds
in Excelsior Springs. Located 30 minutes from Kansas City in the town of
Excelsior Springs among vineyards, golf courses, historic sites, parks
and trails, the property features a 28,000-square-foot spa space and
11,000 square feet of meeting and event space. On-property dining
options include Café Soterian; Three Owls, serving balanced dishes
crafted from locally sourced ingredients; and The Tavern, serving pub
fare and salty snacks alongside hand-crafted cocktails and local beer.

About The Elms Hotel and Spa:

Renowned for beautifully appointed accommodations, The Elms Hotel & Spa,
a part of the Destination by Hyatt portfolio features recently
renovated guest rooms, lobby, spa, ballroom, fitness center, and outdoor
spaces and dining areas. The hotel offers lavish amenities and
standard-setting service on lovely grounds in Excelsior Springs. Located
30 minutes from Kansas City in the town of Excelsior Springs among
vineyards, golf courses, historic sites, parks, and trails, the property
features a 28,000-square-foot spa space and 11,000 square feet of
meeting and event space. On-property dining options include Café
Soterian; Three Owls, serving balanced dishes crafted from locally
sourced ingredients; and The Tavern, serving pub fare and salty snacks
alongside hand-crafted cocktails and local beer.

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