Overall this hotel is actually very nice and a different model from the typical HI Express you'll stay at. But exterior road noise detracts from this being a top-rated property.
The hotel is locating in a developing area, far enough away from "problem" areas of KC yet still close to most anything in either KC KS or KC MO. There is an evening security guard manning the first floor which is unusual, but a comforting factor since after dark it can be a bit dodgy.
Having a 5 Guys burger joint in the lobby is far out, and convenient to get a great burger if you are hungry.
However be aware that Rainbow Blvd is a very busy 4-lane road with lots of traffic particularly during morning and evening rush. It dies down later in the evening, but a traffic light in front of the hotel can be bothersome with cars and trucks starting and stopping constantly. The hotel is not very well insulated from this road noise, so strongly advise you request a room facing the back parking lot.
Also be aware there is a new building just starting to be constructed immediately adjacent to hotel which is probably going to take a year or 2 to complete. Again, this will add to the exterior noise so avoid the front of the hotel and the north side facing the construction and get a room facing the parking lot.
Beyond this, the hotel is actually impressive, with all the modern and new HI Express decor and amenities.
I especially want to shout out to the front desk staff who are exceptionally nice and professional, and in particular went above and beyond in assisting me with an unfortunately incident in the middle of the night requiring me to change rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Property Located acroos from KU Medical Center. We have 2 Meeting rooms with 1500 sq ft of meeting space. Located close to Westport and Country Club Plaza. ... more less
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