Standing 22 stories tall catercorner from the Kansas City convention center, the Marriott welcomes convention attendees, business travelers and (especially on weekends) leisure travelers who want to be in the energetic Power and Light District action. The soaring two-story lobby has a waterfall on the back wall, as well as dozens of comfortable places to sit, hang out, watch TV and work using free Wi-Fi (you’ll pay $9.95 a day to access it in your guest room). A large open bar seems to draw customers at all times of the day and night, and a small on-site coffee stand sells basic refreshments for travelers who want something fast, simple and cheap.
The 946 guest rooms and 37 suites feature all the updated amenities you’d expect at a property like this—soft beds, duvet linens, easy chairs, granite counters and large flat-screen TVs. We couldn’t help but wonder, though, with all those fancy flat screens, why so many analog channels show up fuzzy. Still, the conference rate we paid of $109 (regular rates start at $149 a night) was absolutely worth the price. Hallways are long and quiet, and a housekeeper tapped on our door shortly after check-in to make sure we had everything we needed. Nice touch!
Self-parking is $15 a day, or $19 to use the valet, and the concierge staff stationed throughout the lobby and entry was friendly, helpful and eager to share Kansas City with guests.