I have stayed at this hotel three times for work related events. The first time was about 5 years ago and twice this year so far. The first time I stayed there was a lot of construction going on in the Muehlebach Tower. My trips this year (2013), one in January and one in February, both for conferences. In January I stayed in the main tower and the conference part was in the main tower, so it was nice to be in the same building as the actual event since I have a lot of stuff I carry when I work these types of events. In February the conference was in the Muehlebach Tower and I stayed in that area. Again, it was nice to stay in same tower as my event, but it is a LOT of work to get over to Muehlebach Tower from the main building....especially when you are hauling a lot of stuff. My advice would be, if you are there for an event, I would stay in whatever tower your event is taking place. It just means less work for you since it is quite a jaunt between the buildings. If you will be carrying a lot of stuff and will be staying in the Muehlebach Tower (MT), I would say utilize the services of the bellhops and let them take your stuff to your room. Getting to the rooms in the MT requires taking the walkway on the second floor of the main tower across to the other side, going through a door that you can only access with your room key then taking an elevator to whatever floor you are staying on. If your event is in the main building I would request to stay in the main building. The main building is where the coffee shop and restaurant are, so if you will be using those, you will be glad to be in the main building. Regardless of which side you stay on, make sure you make a trip to the old lobby of the Muehlebach Tower. You will not be disappointed. It's like stepping back in time. You will be standing in the same lobby that President Truman, Elvis, the Beatles, Babe Ruth, and Viviane Leigh (Scarlett O'Hara) once graced.
There are some great restaurants within walking distance too. I would recommend The Flying Saucer if you are up for trying some new beers and for a cheap, yet delicious meal, try Consentino's Market just a block and a half away. They have a huge salad bar, build your own pasta which they will make right in front of you, and a generous deli. Also don't miss the gourmet chocolate counter were you will find an array of beautiful and delicious chocolates (Try the chocolate java cup!!!).
The hotel restaurant is also delicious, however I find when I travel for work, I can't eat there within per diem.
All in all, I love staying here for business and I wouldn't hesitate to stay here for personal reasons too. The staff is super-friendly and every staff member you pass will most likely greet you with a smile and a "good morning/ afternoon".
If you are there on business, stay in whichever tower your event is going to be in. It makes for le...
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Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experiences while a guest at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. We appreciate your kind remarks about the staff and services of the hotel. And, thank you for recognizing the historic Muehlebach Lobby. Alot of famous people have spent time in the lobby of the Historic Muehlebach. I also appreciate your helpful hint of requesting a room in the tower you may be attending a meeting or function. Both towers are bustling with activity but you may find it more convenient as you suggested. We hope to have the opportunity of serving you again in the near future - thank you for your business.
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