I spent 3 weeks at the Residence Inn in Olathe, KS. Overall, I would rate the hotel as average based on the one room I stayed in, the staff's performance, the amenities of the hotel, and the surrounding area. First the negatives:
1. I stayed in an economy room, so it had a studio layout. The one dresser in the room doubled as the TV stand, which was too short to be able to view the TV from the bed and the other furniture (a chair and a sofa bed) was arranged around the fireplace. This provided no useful viewing angle for people to watch the TV unless I wanted to drag the furniture around the room to correct the problem. Not really a deal breaker, but irritating none the less.
2. Every pot or pan in the kitchen was warped so bad that it made cooking anything on the stove top nearly impossible. The center of the pot was the only thing that made contact with the stove top, while the edges of the pot stuck up about a half inch from the cooking surface. The result was that anything put in the center of the pot would get scorched while anything on the outer edge of the pot didn't even get warm.
3. The grill that was advertised as an amenity was a joke. The bottom of the grill was full of holes, the wire for the starter was hanging disconnected out of the bottom, the grill surface was gross, and there were no grilling utensils available except for the broken grill brush that was full of gunk. I'm not saying I needed a grill, but given the pot and pan situation, it would have been nice to use the advertised amenity. In order to even light the grill I had to light some paper on fire and stick it in the bottom of the thing while the gas was on...not exactly the way the instructions would want someone to do it.
4. The fitness room was tiny and the close proximity of everything made the whole room very awkward when more than two people wanted to use some of the machines. No weights, just two treadmills (one of which was antiquated), a bike, and an elliptical.
5. The hotel plugged their fitness court, which is kind of a miniature tennis court with a basketball hoop on one end. Both basketballs at the front desk were flat, and they did not have a pump fix the situation. I ended up going to Dick's Sporting goods and getting a three dollar pump just so I could shoot some hoops to pass the time. Most days, the kids from the neighboring apartment complex came over and played ball until it got dark so the opportunities to just shoot around were limited (I'm to old to be running around trying to keep up with them).
4. The remote didn't work very well with my TV. Something that probably could have been fixed had I called the front desk, but still irritating.
5. Neither one of the two clothes dryers for use (with quarters) were capable of drying a normal load of clothes. So your options were either pay for another cycle and hope that it was enough to get your clothes dry, or hang your clothes all over your room for them to air dry.
The positives on the Hotel:
1. Breakfast was awesome! They advertised that it started at 630am but frequently I would arrive a little early and it was always ready to go (I had to leave at 630am to get to work on time).
2. Chocolate chip cookies were fantastic and were usually out every night.
3. The location is great. If you felt so inclined, you can walk to several eateries and a huge movie theatre complex right next to the hotel.
4. The room had a fireplace which would have been nice if it was cold.
5. The staff was friendly.
*I cannot speak to the manager dinners during the week as I never came down for one.
Overall, I ended up giving the hotel just an average grade simply due to the fact that there were too many little things that did not meet the standards that I have grown accustomed to from staying at other Marriott hotels. It was a nice place to stay for a week or so, but for me, 18 days was a little too long to be dealing with such JV issues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence Inn by Marriott-Olathe, KS gives you room to relax, room to work, room to breathe. Stretch out in a 50% larger toom for about the same price as an ordinary hotel room. Start you day with our full breakfast buffet. Relax in our pool, whirlpool, or excerise room. Enjoy the friendly, home-like atmosphere that is uniquely Residence Inn. We have spacious studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom suites, some with fireplaces. Fully equipped kitchens with full size appliances. We have all the conveniences of a hotel and all the comforts of home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Residence Inn Olathe
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