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Rental Car Required in KC ?

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Rental Car Required in KC ?

We are spending (4) days in KC over Labor Day weekend (downtown hotel). Do we need a rental car while there? As the casinos, etc. and other attractions in the downtown area or do we require a car?

What about the parking? Are there lots near the hotels as our hotel parking is quite high!

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1. Re: Rental Car Required in KC ?

Yes, you'll need a car - unless you spend $$$ on cab fare.

Parking should be plentiful.

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You will need a car in KC. While you could get around downtown in taxis at a reasonable cost, the casinos are not that close. Taxis are also a lot less plentiful than in Chicago. Except for when you leave a hotel and have a bellman to hail one for you, you would need to call them and wait for them to pick you up. As far as parking goes, the hotel can be expensive. If you are staying downtown, public lots may be a less expensive option. Where are you staying? There are several lots around the convention center area.

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3. Re: Rental Car Required in KC ?

Thanks for your inputs! We are staying at Hyatt Crowne Center ... hopefully we can find a public lower cost lot near there ...

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The closest public parking would possibly be a Union Station, which isn't exactly adjacent to the Hyatt. There are also cars which park along Main Street between the Liberty Memorial and Crown Center. Lastly, there is a large parking lot to the South of Crown Center where Hallmark workers park.

You might check the parking rate at both the Hyatt and the Westin, as they are connected by a walkway. They are both privately operated, and the fees go to pay the workers who man the garage. One hotel may be cheaper than the other. Personally for convenience and to avoid unknown damage to the car, I would opt to park in the hotel parking.

The casinos are all along the Missouri river, as the original passage of gambling in Missouri required it to be riverboat gambling. Later it became what they call boats in moats, and they never actually cruised on the river, just had river water around them.

Before getting a rental car you might check with the hotel about shuttles to the casinos, the Plaza and the Power & Light District. Those would be the places you might want to consider visiting. Kansas City also has public transportation call The Maxx, which is highly under-utilized.

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5. Re: Rental Car Required in KC ?

there are tons of cabs at the hyatt- i would agree to other post in regards to checking out what the hotel as to offer as far as transporation

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I don't think there is any doubt that it is easy to get a taxi at any hotel. The problem comes when you want to return and find that, (unlike some cities where you can hail a cruising taxi by merely raising your arm), in KC, you are likely to have to call one and wait for it to arrive. If that is not a problem to you, then taxi service should suffice. I am not familar enough with the other referenced public transportation to comment on it. There certainly could be hotel and/or casino shuttles that would help.

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I have been on two weekend trips to KC this year and have one more planned for Halloween weekend. All three stays are at the Hyatt Crown Center via Priceline. :)

You do need a rental car! You will be shocked at the rental car taxes! For 4 days, Hertz is charging me $36 for a midsize, but the state/county/city taxes add another $63. If you don't mine the walk, there is free parking at the Crown Center mall garage. There is also a parking garage in the office building due east of the Hyatt and connected by the LINK, a series of sky bridges connecting the Hyatt, the Westin, the Crown Center mall, the Hallmark HDQ, and Union Station. Since I am only paying $50 a night, I usually splurge on the valet parking.

I found a lot of the attractions are near Main Street. That realization helped me in navigating around KC. You go north to downtown/City Market/Power & Light District. You travel south to get to Westport/Country Club Plaza/museums.

If you are a Costco member, there is a Costco gas station near Main Street & Linwood, turn left at the Gates BBQ. You can fill up in town, drive out to the airport, and the fuel gauge doesn't move. :)

If you do get a rental car, the best route into town is south on I29, transit to 169. Once, you are downtown the 169 becomes Broadway and go south. Turn left onto 20th, go 4-5 blocks and turn right onto McGee. The Hyatt driveway will be a block away.

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8. Re: Rental Car Required in KC ?

I am going to disagree...you don't NEED a car in KC, especially at the Hyatt. Here are some alternatives:

- Cabs - Obviously can hail a cab, to the P&L it's about $6, Westport about $10, Plaza about $15.

- MAX - Public bus that runs from City Market neighborhood, through CBD, to the Crown Center downtown neighborhood on south to westport and the plaza.

- Casinos - If you want a casino, cabs will be expensive, but Harrahs has a free shuttle that picks up at 13th & Walnut for free...not sure of the times, would need to call them for that.

Spend your money on other stuff....everything fun you can see w/o a car if you are at the Hyatt IMO.

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