We can thank TomTom for helping us find this really cool hotel. This was our second stay in KC in a week (we were on the last day of a TN-UT and back trip). We had stopped in KC on the way there and had so much fun that we decided to spend another evening there on the way home.
We had spent some time in the Power & Light entertainment district the first night, so we set the GPS for that part of town. We saw a few hotels close by and parked the car to investigate. We walked around the corner and saw a Holiday Inn sign attached to an old building. Now, we've stayed in some pretty sketchy Holiday Inns in our time, but this can be said about A LOT of hotel chains. Out of curiosity, we went inside to check out the rates.
This is NOT a typical HI. This is a hip boutique hotel. The lobby made me feel like Alice in Wonderland. Super cool. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. We inquired about rates only to be quoted not only their rate for the evening but also the rates of several nearby hotels. How cool is that?? The difference between this hotel and the cheapest one was 10 bucks and not worth the trouble.
Our room had a brick wall view, but we were there to experience the city, not look at it from a window. The room was pretty fantastic. King sized bed with a pillow menu in the hotel book just in case the several provided didn't meet your comfort needs. The bathroom was spacious and super clean. This hotel also participates in the water saving "Use Your Towels More Than Once Like Normal People Do" crusade which earns them a gold star in our book.
This hotel is two blocks up and two blocks over from the restaurant/bar district. There were some really cool places to visit. Two of our favorites were The Flying Saucer, a beer bar with a mindboggling selection and Raglan Road Irish Pub, a beautiful pub that looked more like a cathedral than a bar.
There is a public parking garage located directly across the street from the hotel lobby.
We walked to and fro, and we never felt uncomfortable or unsafe at any point.
This place is highly recommended by my hubby and me. The next time we are in the States, we are definitely hitting up KC again, and we will most likely stay at the Aladdin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 3 blocks to the NCAA Tournament at the Sprint Center! Award - Winning, Historic Kansas City Hotel Welcomes You Our hotel, Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown - Aladdin Hotel on the National Register of Historic Places, is a 2007 winner of the Holiday Inn Renovation of the Year. This historic hotel offers you the most convenient downtown location in Kansas City, Mo.Lodging at our Kansas City hotel means easy access to the convention, business, financial and entertainment districts of Kansas City. Corporate guests find our Kansas City hotel's location, adjacent to the Kansas City Convention Center, is ideal. We're close to H & R Block Headquarters, the Crown Center (home of Hallmark Cards), as well as the Federal Reserve and IRS. Our downtown Kansas City accommodations have a 24-hour Business Center and complementary high-speed Internet access as well.Our beautifully restored Art Deco hotel in downtown Kansas City features a hip design and vintage style as well as upscale amenities. Join us for a meal at the Zebra Room Restaurant and relax with a drink from our Martini Loft Lounge. Our CitiScape Day Spa will erase the stresses of modern living. Why stay in a standard hotel when you can partake of the Aladdin Hotel experience? Discover just how great a downtown Kansas City hotel can be with a stay at the Holiday Inn. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Aladdin Hotel Kansas City
- Aladdin Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Kansas City
- Kansas City Holiday Inn