People often shrug when out-of-towners ask for advice on where to stay. Few of us have a reason to spend much time checking out accommodations in the cities where we live. But all of us who work here at Unity Village can recommend at least one place in the Lee’s Summit/Kansas City area: the Unity Village Hotel and Conference Center. I can’t imagine how thankful overnight guests to campus must be knowing that when the day is done, they have a warm and welcoming place to rest.
When it opened in 2006, the hotel was one of the first in the country to receive certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program. LEED certification means the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the hotel (including elements such as the building materials, the guestroom thermostats, and the water pressure) is engineered to be as energy efficient as possible.
The interior received an update in 2017, when the hotel joined the Choice Hotels Ascend Collection of boutique hotels. One particularly striking new feature is the positive, uplifting words (such as grateful, optimistic, rejoice, imagine, creativity, prosperity, generous, and believe) in large, blue script that now adorn the walls of each guestroom. In addition, artistic photographs of campus decorate the rooms and common spaces. Guestrooms include flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, mini fridges, coffeemakers, and granite-accented bathrooms. Standard rooms come with two queen beds while the suite has a king bed. Of course, complimentary copies of Unity Magazine and Daily Word are offered in each room.
The lobby features a comfortable seating area with a gas fireplace and a breakfast room where you can eat a hot continental breakfast daily. The morning meal includes eggs, sausage, waffles, cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, toast, muffins, pastries, juice, coffee, tea, and milk. While the hotel does not offer room service, packaged snacks are available for purchase near the front desk (as are a selection of gift items).
Unity Village proper offers a host of amenities, including a nine-hole golf course, a wooded nature trail, several prayer and meditation chapels, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The Village’s bookstore/coffee shop is directly across the parking lot, and a meditation labyrinth (lit at night) is adjacent to the building.
A regular guest I know loves strolling the grounds after dark. “The campus is so peaceful then—totally different from all the busyness during the workday. It’s especially pretty when the fountains are on during the warmer months because they’re all lit,” she says. “It’s surreal: The arched doorways are lit, the Tower has spotlights on it, and of course you can see the Silent Unity cupola shining brightly, which is very comforting.”
The hotel and conference center is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and just minutes away from the restaurants and shopping centers in downtown Lee’s Summit. For more information or reservations call 816-347-5537 or visit unityvillage.org/lodging/hotel.