I'm a documentary and reality filmmaker. I travel quite a bit and spend extended periods of time in hotels. My crew and I were staying at the Residence Inn closer to downtown Kansas City (still too far to walk though), so we submitted a request to the production office in Los Angeles to be moved somewhere closer to local attractions and decent food. After all, we were running around with crazy (in a good and brave sense) undercover cops and SWAT teams all day long. We thought we deserved it for what we were delivering to the production company. Well, they moved us to the Residence Inn in Country Club Plaza. First off, I should say that it's a fantastic area. I live in a great place near UCLA in Los Angeles and am quite spoiled by it. Apart from the perfect weather that Los Angeles delivers on an almost daily basis, Country Club Plaza in Kansas City is at least the equal of Westwood Village. About the hotel though, after spending nearly a month as a guest, I got to see pretty much everything that goes on there and got to experience everything that can go wrong at an extended stay hotel like this one. All in all, the service and courtesy of the front desk personnel was way above average. The entire staff was thoughtful, helpful, and considerate. The rooms were nicely appointed with gas fireplaces that could actually heat the room, and, while the mattress was not bad, it wasn't fantastic either. It was slightly better than average. If it hadn't been for the mattress and the air conditioner which continued to leak condensation into the carpet, creating a smelly mold problem that had to be dealt with every few days, this hotel would have rated "excellent" with me. The bathroom was great. The kitchen looked like it had been recently redone, and the color aesthetic of the room was on the verge of creating a feeling of opulence - just perfect for a hotel chain like the Residence Inn. Based on what the production company ended up paying for the rooms, I can't imagine there's a better deal for a similar room in this part of town, and, believe me, this is the area you want to stay in. Every other location is either too noisy, too congested, or too close to the hood.
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