We'd eaten at Ophelia's restaurant in 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed the lunch menu, which was filled with soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and healthful "spa offerings" like grilled salmon and sushi (prices range from $4 for soup to $13 for the sushi). But we never even realized that upstairs, an eight-guest-room (plus one suite) inn offers a plush and quiet place to stay. The restaurant opened in 1998, and the inn began a year later. A recent renovation has ensured it has staying power for years to come. We stayed in the king suite and loved the furnishings and heavy brocade window treatments. A U-shape sofa and coffee table faces a flat-screen TV, a work desk offers a place to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, and the king bed comes topped with more pillows that two people could ever need. The bath has a generous sink and counter; the water closet was a bit tighter and we didn't like that a place this classy didn't have a lid for the toilet seat.
But we could control the room temp, watch TV in bed and head downstairs in the morning for breakfast in the bar area (you place your order the night before by filling out a tag that you hang on your doorknob before bedtime). In all, this is a wonderful place to stay if you're planning to spend the day at the Truman presidential sites, take in a hockey game at the new Independence Events Center or shop among the more than one dozen increasingly upscale boutiques on the historic square. Room rates from $125; the suite starts at $165.