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Hydes KC Men's Gym and Guesthouse, Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City is without any men's bathhouses or saunas, but there is one option that comes close to offering this kind of a scene, albeit on a small and very private scale. Hydes Men's Gym & Guesthouse (816-561-1010) differs from typical gay accommodations and gyms in several ways. First, the facility, which the owners describe as a "period Arts and Crafts boardinghouse", is in a semi-residential neighborhood near Midtown. It's a private club, with memberships by referral, so first you must contact Hydes by phone to apply, and only then, upon acceptance, will you be told the address. Walk-ins are not accepted, so call in advance if you're interested. Hydes includes both a small gym and guest rooms - you either must rent a room or locker. There's no sauna or steam room, so as far as sexual activity is concerned, this tends to take place in the rooms of guests (these are very affordable, too, ranging from about $40 to $65 per night). You can view photos of the rooms, which are decorated with antiques, on the website.

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