Planning your trip to The Starlight Theatre

Hotels near the Starlight Theatre

Staying in Kansas City? Check out these hotel recommendations.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kansas City Sport Complex Area, an IHG Hotel

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kansas City Sport Complex Area, an IHG Hotel, is a fantastic 2-star hotel just three miles from the Starlight Theatre. It’s a great choice for families in particular. All guests can access an indoor pool, fitness center, and breakfast.

Hampton Inn Kansas City Southeast

If you’re arriving via Interstate 435, consider the Hampton Inn Kansas City Southeast hotel. It’s a 3-star property ideally located for access to all routes, just seven miles from the venue. Its amenities include an indoor pool and 24-hour fitness center.

The Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection

For a memorable stay, try the Raphael Hotel, Autograph Collection. It’s a high-end, 4-star hotel housed in a Renaissance-style building just five miles from the venue. You’ll find attractive rooms, a classy restaurant, and complimentary valet parking.

InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, an IHG Hotel

The InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, an IHG Hotel, is an excellent 4-star property that promises a comfortable stay. It’s five miles from the Starlight Theatre, with many facilities, including a live music bar, outdoor pool, and excellent access to downtown Kansas City.

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza is a smart 3-star hotel five miles from the venue. It gives guests excellent access to Kansas City’s other attractions, including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

Local attractions

If you’ve got time in Kansas City, head to one of these fantastic local attractions.

Liberty Memorial

The Liberty Memorial is a must-see for everybody visiting Kansas City. It’s a World War One memorial — in fact, it’s the only dedicated WW1 memorial in America. There’s a museum with fascinating permanent and temporary exhibitions, while its 200+ feet tower provides a dramatic backdrop. Why not stop by — it’s just eight miles from the venue.

Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium

Don’t want to travel far? Then the Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium — located in Swope Park, next to the Starlight Theatre — is perfect. Everyone will find something to do here, with 200+ acres and over 1,700 animals to explore.

Kansas City Municipal Auditorium & Music Hall

Looking for more performing arts? Then head into downtown Kansas City and visit the Municipal Auditorium. It has a range of venues showing a broad selection of performances, from symphony and opera to touring Broadway shows at Kansas City Music Hall.

Kansas City Power and Light District

The Kansas City Power and Light District is a massive entertainment area in the heart of the city. It’s got shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment — everything you need for a day out. It’s also got a great nightlife scene for some post-show drinks.

Arrowhead Stadium

Sports fans can travel seven miles from the Starlight Theatre to the legendary Arrowhead Stadium. It’s one of the nation’s most iconic sports venues, the home of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Why not drop by for a game or a tour?

Best recommended restaurants

From on-site dining to famous KC BBQ, try one of these restaurant selections before your show.

Applause Club

The Applause Club is the Starlight Theatre’s on-site restaurant, opening for all guests before most events. It’s a relaxed sit-down restaurant, with a menu featuring classic appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Pre-book or try your luck on the day, with dinners from $33 per person.

Niecie’s Restaurant

For a laid-back vibe, try Niecie’s Restaurant. It’s 2.5 miles from the Starlight Theatre and prides itself on serving one thing: soul food. Why not stop by and try its fried chicken, pies, and comforting family favorites?

B B’s Lawnside Bar-b-que

If you want to take in the local specialty, head to B B’s Lawnside Barbecue. It’s a typical roadhouse BBQ place, serving classic Kansas City style meats. Sit inside or out on the deck and enjoy their phenomenal food while listening to blues.

Minsky’s Pizza

Minsky’s Pizza is an award-winning local chain. The nearest outlet is just four miles from the Starlight Theatre — and it’s worth the trip. Try their gourmet pizzas with exciting, delicious, fresh toppings.


Another highly-rated local favorite is eggtc., a relaxed restaurant four miles from the venue. It serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch, with a huge choice of classic and inventive dishes.