Travelers on the Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas found a landmark stop in Waterville at the track-side Weaver Hotel. For decades, the Weaver was the travel, tourism and social hub of this region and of the Central Branch west of Atchison. Built in 1905, the Weaver Hotel sits directly across the street from the railroad tracks. Passengers waited for their train in the front parlor of the hotel, found lodging upstairs, ate in the dining room, and stepped across the street for performances in the Opera House. Railroad crews also stayed at the Weaver; first the workers building the railroad further west, and then the regular train crews. In the early years, drummers (traveling salesmen) arrived on the train and stayed at the Weaver Hotel. The impressive Weaver Building and “cosmopolitan” establishment was known as the “Pride of the Central Line”. The Weaver Hotel is a landmark of railroad history, and symbol of the partnership between local commerce and the transportation industry. It came into being because of the railroad and lives again as a railroad history preserved in Waterville. After sitting quietly empty for years, the Waterville Preservation Society purchased the building and set out to save a piece of the community’s history. With the help of two grants and the hard work of many concerned citizens, the Weaver Hotel has been given a new face-lift inside and out and is ready for your visit. The facility hosts 10 lodging rooms, 2 party rooms, a visitor center with gift shop, and a 4-floor elevator. The entire facility is handicapped accessible.
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#1: The Thompson Suite
Features a king size bed with massive Victorian headboard. The room is furnished with authentic period furnishings and a queen size pull out couch. Through original pocket doors you will find an intimate sitting room. A modern bath is equipped with large Jacuzzi and shower. Room can adjoin #2. Double occupancy rate per night: $130.00
#2: Benfield/McAtee Room
Perfect for a cozy stay among Victorian era furnishings. Double occupancy rate per night: $70.00. This room offers a queen size bed and private bath.
#3: Roepke Room
This spacious room has a queen size bed and a queen size pull out couch. It has a full bath with tub and shower. The tub is equipped with Jacuzzi jets for your relaxation. Double occupancy rate per night: $90.00
#4: Geyer/Latshaw Suite
This roomy suite features a king size bed and a queen size pull- out couch. Private full bath and it is the only room with spacious bay window. Double occupancy rate per night: $110.00
#5: Victorian Day Room
A queen sized bed and a full size bed are provided in this room along with large private bath. Other features include curved walls and windows of the Victorian era. This room adjoins with room #6. Double occupancy rate per night: $100.00
#6: Steele Room
This huge room offers a queen size bed and private bathroom, plus a trundle bed, and adjoins with room #5. Perfect for a family or small group. Double occupancy rate per night: $100.00
#7: Fitzgerald Room
This room offers a personality all its own with a backwards full size bed. It is also handicapped accessible and has a private bathroom. Double occupancy rate per night: $65.00
#8: Lamoreaux Room
This room features a full size bed with lots of space. Full bath with shower only. Ideal for an extended stay. Double occupancy rate per night: $65.00
#9: Lindquist Room
This room sits on the northeast corner of the top floor. This cozy little hide-away has a full size bed and private bathroom with shower only. It can adjoin with #10. Double occupancy rate per night: $65.00
#10: Livers/Taplin/Ricard Room
This room is designed for guests with special needs, providing wider doors and grab bars in its full private bath. It features a queen size bed and can adjoin with #9. Double occupancy rate per night: $80.00
Certain rooms can accommodate additional guests at the rate of $10 per person. Modern comforts have not been sacrificed. All rooms have private baths, cable TV, clock radios, air conditioning, and wifi. Guests will find ice, coffee, and tea available on the main floor. Included in the price of each room is full hot breakfast to be served in the dining room. Guests are welcome to take breakfast to their room, or eat at the dining tables. Please contact the hotel for additional food service accommodations and special events. You are welcome to browse the gift shop, “Pass Time” on our main floor, featuring a large selection of souvenirs, gifts, and greeting cards.
We gladly accept Mastercard, Visa, Personal Checks, or Cash. Check-in: 3:00 PM, check-out: 11:00 AM. Please inquire for late checkout. We are happy to rent out the hotel for reunions/ business retreats/ bachelor/ bachelorette events...if whole hotel is rented, you receive a 15% discount. The block of rooms will be held for 10 days without a deposit. After the 10 day time frame, a $500 check deposit is required to hold the rooms. A 30 day cancellation is required to receive the deposit back
For Reservations: Call us at 785-363-2515 or email us at .
Lunch Is Served:
We are currently serving lunch on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Menus vary. Check us out on Facebook for each day's menu.
Smoking: For your own safety and comfort, smoking is not permitted in our hotel. For your safety and those of others, candles and other sources of open flame are not permitted in the guestrooms. Any guest violating the non-smoking or open flame policy will be billed an additional $500 for clean up costs to the room. Children any age are WELCOME!
• 24 hrs prior to check-in time ( 3:00PM)
• Reservations of three or more rooms require a 30 day cancellation notice.
Pets: Although we understand how hard it is to leave your loved ones behind, The Weaver Hotel cannot accommodate any pets. If you are traveling with pets we would be happy to refer you to our local veterinary clinic for information on boarding.
Our gift shop is opened Monday through Friday 9:00 am – noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – noon. We specialize in fine gifts, food mixes, handmade creations and jewelry. Your local stop for Fancy T’s and More shirts, Elsie Grace’s and Wind & Willow products.
THINGS TO DO
Enjoy a guided tour that will take you inside our museums, a victorian home, the opera house and more.
Enjoy the Town
Drive along the tree lined avenues to view “Painted Ladies”, murals painted by locals, and opera house.
Ride the rail through fields of wheat, green pastures, and over the Big Blue River.
Come play a round of golf or play some ball!
This is possibly the best hotel I have ever been to. Relax among friendly folks and have a homemade breakfast. Took the train ride for our family reunion and it was a highlight of our day. Bar send Blue Rapids, great towns with rich history are a short bike ride away!
The Weaver Hotel is currently managed by Sharon Steenson and a loyal group of volunteers.