InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
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... Chop House. The exterior was very modern, with outside contemporary couches and silver tables. Fortunately for us, (we like the old school look) we found dark wooded floors, bar, chairs and tables(with white linens of course). We were seated right away. Apparently Monday evenings at 8:00, not many in the area out for a ...
... the sign.
After the tour of the museum, complete with a visit to President Truman and his family's graves out in the garden in the back of the museum, we got back in our car and drove a mile down the road to the house that he and his wife lived in after returning from the White house until their deaths. See pics.
Tonight we are going to head down to the Power and Light district and have a nice steak dinner. Bye for now.
After checking into our hotel, Exit 12 Independence Missouri...home of President Harry S. Truman, we decided to check out one of the suggestions on a list of BBQ joints in the area, given to us by the concierge. The place we decided on was Exit 11 off of I-70 and it was called Gates BBQ. The atmosphere was electric from the minute we walked into the joint. You wait in line like you are in a mcdonalds, but ...
... even listening to the story. I loved the it! Can't wait until we get back on the road again tomorrow to hear the rest of the story. Jeff did ask me a question as I was putting in the 4th cd: "how many disks are there?" I think that was my cue that he really wasn't listening. What do you think? Hope everyone is doing well. Until ...
... and eventually the boat was completely covered by water. Over time, the river shifted a half a mile to the east. In 1988 a man and his sons started looking for the ship. They found it in a cornfield. The farmer gave permission for them to dig and they found the it. They recovered all of the cargo, and it is in the museum in Kansas City. When you walk into the museum it is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Unfortunately, this is a property that everyone loves for the location, architecture and potential and hates because it continously falls short to deliver on the promise of a luxury property. The people who work here are terriffic, but the management just does not get it. The club floor lounge continues to lower the bar with cost cutting at every opportunity. The daily parking fee is a disgrace since the Country Club Plaza was founded on the notion of free parking. Please before you bring out the Holiday Inn sign, bring in an experienced turn-around manager and embrace your past customers-before it is to late.
Serivice level not worthy of "Intercontinental" name
Arrived in the early evening to be told the type of room that was reserved was not available, for which the staff was unapologetic (and not very friendly to begin with). The bottom line was they did not give me what I had reserved and should show some willingness to compensate in one small way or another as a gesture of goodwill.
Was told where the elevator was and left to figure the rest out for myself. Fine in a Best Western, Courtyard by Marriott level of hotel, but for a hotel that bears this name, more effort should be made to make the guest feel like a guest, and less like a customer.
Room service menu overpriced for bad, stale food.
Ready to be razed
This place is under destruction! Walking under and around scaffolding to reach a $250/night room is no way to set the stage for a visit. Only a single restaurant was open, the gift shop closed, the gym under repair. Only the valet parking seemed operational. The elevators were a hit-and-miss proposition, out of order most of the time.
It's a crying shame that the property -- once the Alameda Plaza and Kansas City's crown jewel -- has deterioriated.
OK - this is supposed to be 5 star. I stayed 3 days for a conference. My room had peeling wall paper, holes in carpet and the furniture was in very bad condition -- I wouldn't even expect it to be seen in a bad flea market. My tv remote did not work, although this problem was fixed. (When fixed, the staff explained that this happened all the time). The check-in staff was pleasant and the lobby was clean and nice, but our rooms were not ready at check-in time - we had to wait three hours after check-in. Several people in my party entered dirty rooms - even though the hotel staff had reported the rooms clean. I asked for wake up calls. Got one, but they did not do the other and I was late for a meeting. Very frusterating. The maids did not clean my room each day until 7 pm - they did not leave fresh washcloths and I had to call to ask for clean ones and wait for them more than once. If this were a holiday inn, I would not have bothered to write this. But, again, this was supposed to be a 5 star. I'm not sure I'd stay again - especially if is on my dime. Dissapointing.
For the money, I would stay elsewhere. We travel extensively and typically stay at five star hotels (Ritz, Fairmont, Four Seasons, St. Regis etc.) This hotel needs a lot of work. The rooms and hotel are tired. A bottle of Olde English furniture polish would go a long way in this hotel. So too would a simple cleaning of spectacular chandeliers hanging in the hotel.
Stayed in a deluxe king room and was very impressed with its spaciousness-450sqft. The views of the plaza and shopping area(both across the street) from the terrace were quite nice. The only drawback was the room furniture, which had clearly seen better days and was in need of refinishing. Marble bathrooms were very roomy and had a separate tub/shower area from the sink but no door between them. In-room digital climate control style heating/cooling worked fine. 2 gaps regarding amenities: no refrigerator or coffeemaker.
The good news is that the Hotel has been over by the Intercontinental Hotel chain. We stayed in Intercontintental's Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. the Summer of 2005 and we're very impressed. In discussions with the Kansas City hotel staff, they seemed hopeful that the new management would fix up the hotel.
Pretty Much Perfect, Not Sure Why All the Fuss.
I am currently planning my 4 year anniversary and was surprised to see so many bad experiences at The Fairmont on the Plaza. We stayed here for our honeymoon and had an amazing experience with the staff, the room, etc. Maybe we lucked out?? Not sure. But we will definitely be back.
We got New Year Package (2006) cost almost $500 for New Year night.Well we understood it will be costly but we did not expect to see small bottle of champagne with almost melted ice in bucket.Bed sheets with wholes, spider web on the ceiling,balcony full of bird --- including chairs and table,noisy and filthy heater,bad unclear TV screen ...
Only thing we liked was a live jazz band and the sushi bar. We travel a lot---Fairmont from now on will not be on the top list.
Mr and Mrs Taylor