400 W. Douglas
Wichita Kansas 67202United States
A sense of history and an eye for modern amenities influences this downtown property. But note: It closed in early 2010 for a complete renovation and will reopen in 2011.
Historic hotels can sometimes be code for "clunky," but from check-in to check-out, the Broadview Hotel in downtown Wichita almost perfectly blends past and present (and for an amazing value). Built in the 1920s, the Broadview has its requisite roster of glamorous Hollywood celebrities and politicians who have stayed there. And the huge black-and-white construction photographs near the registration desk immediately educate travelers about the building's history. But what we love about the Broadview today, in addition to that nod to the past, is the how-can-I-help-you attitude among the staff and the plush amenities you'll find in the 231 guest rooms, including plenty of pillows, high-thread count sheets and lots of in-room lighting. The huge bathrooms come equipped with granite counters, a pair of sinks, thick towels and a soaking tub. Plus, the attention to detail in the century-old construction is apparent in one other thing travelers appreciate: absolute quiet. We didn't hear any other guests during our stay, even though we know the hotel was fairly busy.A hot buffet breakfast is complimentary and tastes great: pancakes, biscuits, eggs, French toast and the like, plus the usual array of cereals, bagels, fruit, juices and coffee. All of this for king rooms that start at $109, though discounts are available if you book online and for seniors.The one disappointment during our visit: An unplowed driveway during the winter meant we had to unload our luggage in shin-deep slushy snow. It was not a good first impression for a hotel that is so careful about so many other details.