There are many good lodging options in Overland Park, KS; however, I am more than thrilled with my selection of Hyatt Place and what they had to offer.
The location is ideal just off the Nall Street exit off of I-435. Parking was free and plentiful. Everything in Overland Park (a big area) was easy to get to. East/west streets are numerical, so it wasn't hard to figure out how to get from the hotel (110th street) to 119th street and the outdoor shopping/restaurant area.
My room was a suite. The sitting room had a "L" shaped couch of which part of the "L" was a sleeper sofa. Very modern decor with nooks and slots built into the walls for storage. No dresser meant much more room to move about (when most travelers are staying 1-3 days, nobody really empties out all their clothes anymore). Sink, small fridge, a countertop for incidentals, and coffee maker. A large, flat screen TV that swiveled and was easily seen from the bed as well as the couch. There was a what's called a "modestly" dividing wall between the bed area and living area (not a studio suite nor a real one bedroom suite); it worked fine. A separate "get ready" sink and mirror from the doored-off toliet area (every hotel should do that!). A heated tile bathroom floor. Very good shower water pressure. My only hint of a complaint would be the sink water was not as cold upon the tap being turned on and brushing your teeth was done with luke-warm water.
The lobby is very enviting. Modern with good indirect lighting. Copies of the Wall Street Journal for free. A small business center and nook for TV watching rounded it out.
The morning breakfast was outstanding. Three hot plates with rotating items. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, and hand-made breakfast sandwiches were the items available on day #1 while day #2 had french toast, an open-faced croissant with egg, spinach, and mushrooms, and scrambled eggs. Another station had the normal "grains" section (cereal, breads, muffins), while the fruit section had fresh grapefruit sections and a cantelope/melon mix.
I did not use the outdoor pool, but sat beside it while reading a magazine. No hot tub, which seemed odd, especially for spring/fall nights when the temperature is not condusive to outdoor swimming. The exercise room had the usual tread mill but surprised me with the inclusion of some free weights. An excellent touch.
Finally, I paid $99 using Priceline Negotiator. I came away feeling like I got the bargain of the year. The weekend I was there, the rack rate was $139 and in retrospect, I would have said it was easily worth that price. Yet, when I saw that there were four 3.5 star hotels in the area on Hotwire for $109, I went to Priceline in an attempt to lower that and was successful (I correctly guessed that the Hyatt Place would be one of them via reading the website BetterBooking.com)
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