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Old 05-16-2013, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Honolulu
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So GF and I are looking to do a local getaway for memorial weekend. Ruled out Chateau Avalon quite quickly, and unfortunately some of the nice B&B Inns are booked up (Crescent Inn by Excelsior Springs). Main reason for Chateau Avalon is despite rave reviews, from my personal look at their pictures and other poster on another KC forum the consensus is that that place is overpriced for small rooms with small/crappy beds and the decor is quite cheesy/cheap.

So have narrowed down to Argosy or Ameristar (maybe Elms). I like the casino hotel better because you don't have to drive anywhere...just walk downstairs to go get your buffet.

Argosy seems to be smaller room, but has bigger shower and is about $30 cheaper for me (I have a hotels.com rewards that discounts my ameristar stay, but they are sold out of the argosy rooms on that website), but no free wifi

Ameristar I can get a player mini suite king with balcony and bigger room and free wifi, but not sure how their shower is (don't think they have tub)

What do you guys recommend?

edit: I'll also update this top post with different recommendations so that this can be thread for people to come to see what recommendations there are for these kinds of hotels for couples on a romantic weekend or anniversary when want to get away but still stay in the KC area.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Ameristar's rooms are very nice. Never been in Argosy's.

I personally would recommend The Raphael on the Plaza. I used to work with a gentleman who was a true road warrior and when he came to KC the ONLY place he would stay was the Raphael.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I would recommend staying in an area where you don't need to drive and where lots of stuff is walkable, but to me that means the Plaza, Westport, or downtown. And in that corridor you could easily ride the MAX, too, so the whole core would basically be accessible without having to drive. Downtown Parkville, Weston, or Lawrence might also be cool.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:37 PM
 
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I clicked on this thread hoping for some insightful information about the best weekend staycation hotels in Kansas City. Instead, you suggest two casinos? Christ almighty.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:37 AM
 
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Crowne Plaza KC Downtown - close to P&L, Sprint Center, etc. Downtown might be a dead area if nothing is going on at the time.

The Westin at Crown Center - Have always liked these hotels myself. Crown Center is a great area all around.

InterContinental or The Raphael are the best hotels on the Plaza if you want to stay in that area. The Raphael is quite a bit more expensive than any of these other ones though.

Great Wolf Lodge at the Legends - Has an indoor water park. Probably a million kids running around though.

Also at the Legends is a Best Western Premier that's supposed to be pretty nice. It's close to Schlitterbahn, the speedway, Sporting KC, and a ton of mass consumer shopping (as opposed to the high end stuff you'll find on the Plaza).

Your best bet is probably the Plaza or Crown Center. Crown Center is worth spending a weekend at, especially if you never have before, and the Plaza is usually a solid choice all around.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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Ameristar's rooms are very nice. Never been in Argosy's.

I personally would recommend The Raphael on the Plaza. I used to work with a gentleman who was a true road warrior and when he came to KC the ONLY place he would stay was the Raphael.
Both Argosy and Ameristar have good reviews on rooms. But GF and I decided on something else that's a bit less pricey and more homely so to speak so we're happy. Money is not the most bountiful resource so we'll save the fancy stuff for later. Definitely have read and heard lot of good things about the Raphael. We're pretty frequent visitors to the Plaza so that wasn't the highest choice on our list. But maybe someday later. Thanks for the reply!

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I would recommend staying in an area where you don't need to drive and where lots of stuff is walkable, but to me that means the Plaza, Westport, or downtown. And in that corridor you could easily ride the MAX, too, so the whole core would basically be accessible without having to drive. Downtown Parkville, Weston, or Lawrence might also be cool.
Yup that is very true, and one of the reasons for casino hotel...since you have entertainment and food all within the same giant building complex and no need to drive anywhere! Otherwise I have looked into Parkville and Weston and Excelsior Springs for those B&B Inns but they're all booked up. We're pretty common visitor to the Plaza and Westport so we decided on something else that's less pricey and more homely since we're mostly wanting to just spend more time with each other than spending time next to each other doing shopping.

But thanks for the reply!

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I clicked on this thread hoping for some insightful information about the best weekend staycation hotels in Kansas City. Instead, you suggest two casinos? Christ almighty.
I myself am hoping for insightful information on great weekend staycation ideas, hence the thread. The casino idea can be good if one likes gambling (obviously) but of course their rooms are nice as well as you have lot of food and entertainment options in the same building complex...so no much walking and no need for driving. Other good options included Plaza, Westport, Parkville that we were thinking about but since we visit those places fairly often we wanted somewhere else we usually don't go to, which one of the options was a casino hotel. For others, I can definitely understand if a casino may not be their idea of a staycation weekend

For more romantic options I did do alot of looking up of these real nice Bed & Breakfast Inns in smaller towns like Excelsior Springs, Lawrence, Liberty, etc. But those were already fully booked for memorial day weekend. Those are great if they enjoy the outdoors and nature, which is most people at least in the city who are not going to be surrounded by quiet and green too often.

Another great place is The Elms in Excelsior Springs, which was one of our finalists but due to cost issue we opted for something entirely different. But as I said, this thread is to start constructing all ideas and options so that people can have the widest variety of places to stay. Whether your idea of a staycation is the Motel 6 on I-70 or The Raphael on the Plaza


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Crowne Plaza KC Downtown - close to P&L, Sprint Center, etc. Downtown might be a dead area if nothing is going on at the time.

The Westin at Crown Center - Have always liked these hotels myself. Crown Center is a great area all around.

InterContinental or The Raphael are the best hotels on the Plaza if you want to stay in that area. The Raphael is quite a bit more expensive than any of these other ones though.

Great Wolf Lodge at the Legends - Has an indoor water park. Probably a million kids running around though.

Also at the Legends is a Best Western Premier that's supposed to be pretty nice. It's close to Schlitterbahn, the speedway, Sporting KC, and a ton of mass consumer shopping (as opposed to the high end stuff you'll find on the Plaza).

Your best bet is probably the Plaza or Crown Center. Crown Center is worth spending a weekend at, especially if you never have before, and the Plaza is usually a solid choice all around.
Great ideas. Thanks! My lady and I decided last night for something quite a bit different, but I do like the idea of Crown Center...although recently they've been closing more stores. Will definitely add your ideas to my top post.

edit: well looks like there's a time limit on when you can edit your own post. Ah well at least this thread is up so anyone who needs ideas and look here for inspiration!
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:54 AM
 
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Yeah, I would definitely lean B&B over hotels, but its definitely something that would have had to have been booked well before now on a holiday weekend.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:11 AM
 
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Yeah, I would definitely lean B&B over hotels, but its definitely something that would have had to have been booked well before now on a holiday weekend.
Yeah we realized our mistake when I looked up all the B&Bs in the area and they were super busy on that memorial day weekend. We will have learned from our lesson and the key is to know and decide early!
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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If you can afford it or find a good deal, the best place to stay in KC is the Raphael Hotel on the Plaza. I also like the Courtyard Marriott. Both are historic structures which adds a little charm to your stay yet in wonderful walkable areas. President and Hotel Phillips are good too.

Other than that, you can stay in just about any hotel in central kcmo from the plaza to Downtown and really have a great night out on the town with stuff nearby.

I personally would avoid the casino hotels, any suburban hotels or the ones by the speedway, but that's just me.

If money is an issue, try priceline. You can typically get a 3-4 star hotel for under $75 with the Westin and Hyatt (now Sheraton) generally accepting the offers.

I guess now is a good time to mention once again that KC is in desperate need of some modern new urban hotels. Overall KC's hotels are dated and tired, especially the bigger ones and the city is lacking in higher end flags. But that's for another thread.

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Old 05-17-2013, 11:28 AM
 
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I guess now is a good time to mention once again that KC is in desperate need of some modern new urban hotels. Overall KC's hotels are dated and tired, especially the bigger ones and the city is lacking in higher end flags. But that's for another thread.
Hotel Sorella is going up on the Plaza on the site formally known as West Edge. Construction isn't complete yet, target date fall. At that to your list whenever it's completed OP, it should be a very nice hotel.

Other than that, I can't think of any new hotels going up. Nothing high end anyways.
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