Midwest Living Review
This modern high-rise puts you right in the middle of one of downtown Kansas City's key attractions: Crown Center. The Hyatt tower connects by skywalk to the Crown Center plaza, which features numerous shops, restaurants and attractions including an ice-skating rink and the visitor center/museum for Hallmark cards. Union Station is also nearby. The new Power & Light District is a few blocks from the Hyatt, but probably shouldn't be considered a walkable location from the hotel due to the distance and the undeveloped blocks you must pass through. The Hyatt centers on a towering, atrium-style lobby with fountains, a grand piano on an elevated platform and modern artwork hanging from the ceiling. The hotel offers multiple restaurants covering the range of quick, casual cafe; upscale dining; and sports bar. The Skies restaurant sits atop the hotel in a rotating room that provides sweeping views of Kansas City. The hotel includes a heated outdoor pool and a fitness center. Because it's a full-service lodging, you can expect valets and bellmen to be at the ready when you pull up. If you're a DIY traveler who hates tipping, be warned. The staff will barely let you lift a bag -- and certainly won't let you borrow a luggage cart -- without their help and the expectation of a tip. Self-parking in the attached garage costs about $14 per day. The 733 rooms are comfortable and up-to-date. If possible, request one facing downtown so you can enjoy excellent views of the city, including the new Sprint Center and the light shows that play on the sides of some skyscrapers at night. Our main complaint with the rooms is a common one: There's a charge for wireless Web access. We'd rather have free wireless than the alarm clock that lets you dock your iPod.