Location of hotel was very convenient for us and very easy to get to from I-435, Hwy. 169, or I-35. We were pleasantly greeted by the friendly desk staff and there was no mention of booking through Priceline, although she did note that we had made an "internet reservation". Lobby was pleasant, but small, and needed updating. There are two small elevators that service the guest floors. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, which we didn't use since they were not open when we arrived, and they offered a breakfast room-service menu. It also has an outdoor pool, which we did not use.
We were given a room on the second floor (Rm. 216 - I think there are nine floors) that overlooked the roof portion of another part of the hotel. The room was nice-sized and held a king bed, a loveseat sofa sleeper, a desk and an armoire that accommodated the TV. The bathroom was roomy and had the vanity area in the bath. They had a coffee-maker, a hair-dryer and the usual assortment of shampoos and lotions.
We traveled to KC for a concert and didn't plan to spend much time in our room....which turned out to be a good thing since there were several negative things about our room. The a/c controls did not work properly -- the settings that worked were high cool, low cool and low heat, so to get the fan to turn off, you had to put it on low heat and hope the room wasn't cold enough to kick the heat on. The drapery pull on the drapes was missing and drapery was hanging down where it had come undone from the track. When my husband used the shower, the water was draining slowly, so he pulled up on the drain plug, only to have the entire apparatus come out of the drain into his hand. These were all things I would have complained about if we had spent much time in our room, but the stained carpeting and the uncomfortable bed could have been a by-product of this floor not being updated in quite some time. A recent bidder who got this hotel stated that it had been updated recently -- it doesn't look like they started on the 2nd floor! One more minor annoyance -- although they have two nightstands by the bed, they only have one phone in the room -- placed on the desk, so when you ask for a wake-up call, you have to walk across the room to answer the phone. Guess that assures that you'll actually get up!
To sum up, although it sounds as though we were dissatisfied with this hotel, afterall, we only paid $25 per night to stay there! As everyone will agree with Priceline -- if you need specific accommodations, book directly! For the price, we couldn't beat the location for its proximity to the concert or the friendly, helpful staff.
Stayed in this hotel 12/31/05 and 1/1/06. I would never call this a 2.5* hotel. It is much nicer than many shoddy 3* PL hotels. I'll organize this into great/bad categories.
Easy on and off the highway (usually)
Nicely redecorated rooms and clean bathrooms
some rooms have microwave and fridge
free coffee in lobby (coffeemakers in room, too)
relatively nice people at desk
indoor/outdoor pool and spa
rooms are large
87th st. exit is closed for construction
stayovers will only get cursory room cleaning
some maintenance is being performed (elevators and doors)
some grout in tubs have mildew
on a previous stay, was yelled at by an employee for using PL. I believe this person no longer works there.
Indoor/outdoor pool area was unheated and FREEZING, despite temps in the 50s. Pool water was bearable.
Air conditioners/heaters are in-window and LOUD.
This 2.5* hotel has several meeting rooms, a benefit for those looking for a meeting hotel on the cheap, but a big MINUS for PL guests, who must endure loud music from the parties and drunken guests, as well as a laissez-faire attitude toward smoking in adjoining non-smoking rooms from event guests.
Overall, for our $35 a night, a good value. It wasn't the quiet 2.5* I had hoped for, but that'll teach me to avoid 3* hotels for the no-event-room factor!