We stayed at this hotel for 4 days in December. Upon arrival the staff was very friendly and courteous and allowed us to check in early. The rooms were a good size and very clean and well maintained. The pool area is very nice and the pool is a good size. The pool is made of stainless steel which is kind of neat. Definitely worth a swim during your stay.
This hotel is also located on the edge of the country club plaza which is one of Kansas City's nicest shopping areas. There are many shops and restaurants to choose from within walking distance. I would definitely recommend Jack's Stack BBQ which is a short walk from the hotel. The area is very safe and the Country Club Plaze has a very nice Christmas light display.
This hotel is also a short cab ride to Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium if you're taking in a game, and Crown Plaza which includes a Christmas light display, the Sea Life Aquarium and the Crown Plaza Mall.
The hot breakfast at the hotel is also very good and is all you can eat. A definite plus to staying here.
The only downside is the distance from the airport. It is about a $60 cab ride from Terminal Building A. If you are staying here and flying in, I would recommend booking a Super Shuttle. It is far cheaper.
Overall a very good first experience in Kansas City, and would definitely stay at this hotel again.