Last weekend Elizabeth and I drove down to Kansas City, Missouri to with our friends Matt and Brittnee to go see Chance the Rapper in concert.
Last time I was in Kansas City I stayed at the Intercontinental in the Country Club Plaza. Once again I made it a point to try a different hotel this time around so I booked two nights at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Let's take a closer look...
I booked a standard, double bed, room at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown for $200 a night plus taxes and fees. The grand total for two nights ended up being $490.
I think the hotel market in Kansas City is highly dependent on big ticket events. When I looked for hotels closer to our concert venue they were going for over $400 a night because the NASCAR races were in town. If you tried to book this same hotel during the Big XII Basketball Tournament you'd probably pay double this price.
Location is KEY when it comes to booking a hotel! If you're not staying close to, or within a reasonable distance, of the places you want to see then it makes for a stressful trip. The Kansas City Marriott Downtown has the perfect location for a weekend trip to the Power and Light District or a basketball game at the Sprint Center
The lobby was rather spacious with high ceilings and a tiered waterfall. There's plenty of seating and nice furniture to relax in and enjoy a drink at the bar.
The check in desks are located on the right hand side of the lobby around the corner.
And just past the check in desks are the elevators and the hotel's restaurant, the Metropolitan KC.
The elevator bank had some of the niftiest technology I've ever seen. Instead of pressing the up or down button and waiting for an elevator to ding, you simply touch the screen, pick the floor, and it tells you which letter elevator to get on. There aren't any floor buttons to press when you enter the elevator because it's already set.
We were assigned room 624. It was a standard room on the sixth floor with a nice view of the plaza across the street.
Immediately to your right and left were the closet with sliding glass doors and the bathroom. The Marriott brand is notorious for having small bathrooms, but I thought this one seemed a tad bit roomier than normal.
Our beds were just past the entryway to the left and the TV was on a rather large dresser to the right. The nightstand and dresser were well past their prime and showed some wear and tear. I think some new furniture could be in order for this hotel.
There was also a desk with a coffee maker and two chairs located by the window. I can't say I've ever used the chairs in the Marriott other than to throw my clothes on. I tend to lay in the bed when I'm in my hotel room.
The guest room didn't have any features that jumped out as cool or innovative, but it served perfectly as our home base for the weekend. The only complaint I had was that there was a wet spot on the carpet in the entryway. It was right below the vent for the A/C unit, so there might have been a leak.
All of the hotels amenities are located on the 22nd floor. Just when I thought I'd seen the nicest hotel gym I show up at the Kansas City Downtown Marriott. There's a full fledged fitness center there! You can work out for free as a hotel guest or purchase a membership if you live/work in the area. Talk about equipment...
There was also a nice indoor pool with a cool view of the city.
The Kansas City Downtown Marriott is a winner! It's located within walking distance of most of Kansas City's downtown attractions and isn't going to break the bank. I thought their guest rooms were practical and almost anyone could enjoy a nice weekend or a few days there for business.
What's your favorite place to stay in Kansas City, Missouri?