on January 5, 2007
The recently-opened Radisson Downtown Kansas City is by far the most affordable entry-level luxury hotel in the downtown area. As a stylish, youthful property, this hotel has demonstrated itself to be a place to stay for businesspeople and families alike. It's my top choice when staying in the heart of the nation. We were arriving after a long drive across the state of Kansas, and we were happy as we'd ever been seeing this high rise on the Kansas City skyline, which seemed to invite us over to its large, spacious rooms. I was drooling over the thoughts of relaxing in my SleepNumber bed by the time we arrived at the self-parking garage, and headed in to the hotel. As we entered the lobby, we immediately knew that we were not in Kansas anymore (no pun intended). The elegant, well-designed decor embraced us, catching our eyes, while the suit-clad porters and concierge sincerely greeted us with a smile. They're very generous here, too. We were staying on a heavily discounted Priceline bid, which are usually dealt with in the best way possible for the hotel - by giving the worst room in the house. Not this time, as we were given the keys to a beautiful spacious room on the 15th floor, with a captivating view of downtown Kansas City. The SleepNumber beds were covered in soft, fluffy pillows, and the room displayed quite a nice ambiance. It didn't stop with the room - the corridors had a lot of nice artwork and floral arrangements as well, much nicer than your typical hotel. Back to the room - it was spotless and cozy, with huge king beds and a large flatscreen television. The bedding made you feel as though you were floating on a cloud, and didn't exactly encourage you to wake up on time the next morning.There was free wireless internet access provided (a generous item for a downtown hotel), a well-lit desk, and hot, powerful showers. One downside to this hotel is that it does not offer breakfast, but there are several on-site restaurants and many others not too far from the hotel. Parking is included in your rate, with full come-and-go privileges.Rates at the Radisson Downtown Kansas City retail for around $100 per night, and upwards of $200 for some of the better suites. For this price, the location is superb. It's right in the heart of downtown Kansas City, with easy I-70 and I-35 access (literally a couple of blocks away). As near as it is to the freeways, it's not noisy by any means. The hotel is within walking distance of the Kansas City Convention Center, scenic Allis Plaza and its fountains, and many excellent restaurants and shops. Traveling by bus? No problem. The hotel is only a couple of blocks from the 12th and Main transit center, and only a mile or so from the Amtrak and Greyhound stations. I highly recommend the Radisson for anyone looking for a great downtown hotel.
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