I was in town for a medical procedure and got a nice rate from the folks at 816. I'm by no means wealthy or snobby, but I wasn't comfortable at this hotel. I'm ok with dated or "well-loved," but I'm not ok with dirty. The hotel just seemed dirty. We asked for a quiet room and we did get that, which was great. We got the "Roo" mascot room. It's cute, but 2 stadium folding chairs with plastic cushions instead of a sofa? Eh. There was also a basketball hoop in the room, but we didn't use it (the noise would probably bother the neighbors, and we thought it was a curious choice to put that in a hotel, but whatever). The carpet seemed worn, but it also seemed uncared for and dirty.
The bathroom was probably the worst part. The old tile was chipped, the sink was badly scratched, and the tub was stained grey all over the bottom. I don't know if that happens with age, but I've never seen it in another hotel. I didn't want to get in it. I put towels down on the floor to walk on in my bare feet whenever I was in the bathroom.
There was also debris and crumbs in the hallway near the elevator that never got cleaned up while we were there. Garbage cans were kind of dirty on the outside, etc. Just added to the "ick" factor.
The 816 is also in a downtwn type area. Hipsters, students.etc. There are fabulous restaurants nearby, and we hit McCoy's and had a great meal. But if you're used to a "suburban sprawl" experience with a generous, clean parking lot, this place might not be for you. They share parking with a popular bar next door, which is kind of a hassle.
The rate was great, the staff was super nice and helpful, no complaints about that. Maybe the business rooms are nicer. If they could clean up some important parts, they'd have a nice place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover Kansas City's only hotel dedicated to the past and present of the Paris of the Plains. The 816 Hotel offers the BEST location in all of Kansas City...in the heart of Westport. There are over 170 shops, restaurants and nightlife within a 5 block radius of the hotel. 6 blocks to our South is the Country Club Plaza and 30 blocks to our North Sprint Center and Power and Light Entertainment District. All of this is at your disposal with our complimentary shuttle service. Check into the 816, and tuck your keys away. Enjoy the best of KC without the hassle of driving and paying to park. Every guest of the 816 Hotel will enjoy the following amenities: * Free Breakfast including a made to order Omelet station * Nightly Manager's Cocktail Reception * Free shuttle service in a 4 mile radius * KC;s fastest (and free) hotel Wi-Fi * Free parking * Free passes to Gold's Gym (2 blocks to our East) We look forward to seeing you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Kansas City - Westport Plaza Hotel Kansas City
- Holiday Inn Kansas City
- Kansas City Holiday Inn