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Old 10-31-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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The convention centers are roughly the same size but Cincy's is better positioned with it's hotels with relation to the convention center.
Hit the nail on the head. Add in the fact that KC's hotels are dated and the lack of transit and KC just doesn't compete.

I stay in KC hotels. Most are just tired. Suburban Hilton Garden Inns have nicer, more up to date rooms than the Crown Center Hyatt or Downtown Marriott.

KC needs more hotels near the convention center, it needs to upgrade the ones it has and it needs high qualit transit between downtown and the plaza.

Even if KC chooses go go after smaller conventions due to lack of large nearby hotels, it will still have a hard time competing with a city that has a compact walkable downtown (such as Indy) or a city with great downtown transit (such as Denver).
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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When was KC a better convention city than Indy? 70's maybe?
I recently stayed at the new JW Marriott in Indy... very high end and nice! Still smells new. And there were multiple other hotels I saw in the same area.

When was the last hotel built in KC? Denver built a Hyatt about 5 years ago near the convention center, and last year the Four Seasons and an Embassy Suites, both within walking distance of the CC, opened. I guess I never really thought about it, but Denver does have a decent amount of newer hotels downtown.
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Old 11-01-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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I recently stayed at the new JW Marriott in Indy... very high end and nice! Still smells new. And there were multiple other hotels I saw in the same area.

When was the last hotel built in KC? Denver built a Hyatt about 5 years ago near the convention center, and last year the Four Seasons and an Embassy Suites, both within walking distance of the CC, opened. I guess I never really thought about it, but Denver does have a decent amount of newer hotels downtown.
A lot of hotels around the ICC, approx. 5000 hotel rooms directly connected to it via skyway so a conventioner never has to go outside if he/she doesn't want to, then can skyway it to Circle Center, hit ground level and hit restaurants. Last two hotels built were the JW and Conrad a few years earlier which prompted all of the others to renovate like Hilton, Hyatt, etc and a new smaller hotel being built right now as part of a new high end housing unit.
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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I recently stayed at the new JW Marriott in Indy... very high end and nice! Still smells new. And there were multiple other hotels I saw in the same area.

When was the last hotel built in KC? Denver built a Hyatt about 5 years ago near the convention center, and last year the Four Seasons and an Embassy Suites, both within walking distance of the CC, opened. I guess I never really thought about it, but Denver does have a decent amount of newer hotels downtown.
Indy has another great hotel called The Conrad which is the JW Marriot of the Hilton Brand and it's only in a select few cities, interesting that indy is one of them

KC needs some kind of nice hotel, the hotels near the convention center are so outdated. It would be great to see a nice Omni or Grand Hyatt go in near the Convention Center
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Old Hyde Park, Kansas City,MO
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We just stole a conference from Memphis from 2014 to 2018
KC drums up folk music conference - Kansas City Business Journal
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Indy has another great hotel called The Conrad which is the JW Marriot of the Hilton Brand and it's only in a select few cities, interesting that indy is one of them

KC needs some kind of nice hotel, the hotels near the convention center are so outdated. It would be great to see a nice Omni or Grand Hyatt go in near the Convention Center
I'm headed back to Indy next month for work, and looking forward to it just for the JW Marriot. My employer has a contract with them, so that's where I stay. But I get to be up on the Exec. level w/access to the Executive lounge
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