As the song says, “everything is up to date in Kansas City”–at least as far as The Fontaine is concerned. Formerly called Hotel Sorella, a walk into this hotel lobby, just steps from the Country Club Plaza’s winding canal and lighted streets, is like opening your grandmother’s jewel box and finding a Fabergé egg.
The demure 132 rooms are balanced by a soaring lobby, an amply proportioned atrium/cafe, a set of conference rooms and ballroom, and a rooftop restaurant and bar. In all of these, the classic luxury element is bumped up to eleven with whimsical opulence. Dazzling white marble, purple Venetian glass, heavy red brocade, tufted leather and polished wood are mixed in a pastiche of imposing baroque and tongue-in-cheek mod. The suites offer a quieter feel in terms of decor, but still impress with walk-in rainfall showers, sumptuous feathertop mattresses, and a motion-activated mini bar.
The decidedly new-school glamor is emphasized by summer nights at the poolside bar on the hotel rooftop. Don’t be surprised to see bikini-clad bright young things milling in the lobby, escorted by muscly gentlemen. But the hotel keeps it classy, corralling the pool action behind a full wall fireplace, on the other side of which patrons of the hotel’s restaurant enjoy locally sourced food and sweeping views of Kansas City’s surprising urban side.