My girlfriend and I stayed here in mid-August to visit friends and family. Having stayed at many of the hotels at the plaza prior to this, I was pleasantly surprised that this one was, in fact, on the plaza. You simply walk out the back door and are within steps of all of the wonderful shops and restaurants the plaza has to offer.
Being a frequent Marriotter, I used points to stay here, therefore I cannot comment on the value. However, I've stayed at the regular Marriott Country Club Plaza several times previously and can certainly say that the Courtyard is the better choice. The potential for a nicer plaza view at the regular Marriott would be the only advantage of it. The lack of a restaurant at the Courtyard should mean nothing to you, as dozens of restaurants are within a couple of blocks from the hotel. We had a nice 6th story view over the park across JC Nichols Parkway.
Our room was very clean, and my only complaint, be it very minimal, would be that we had only one small hand soap and no bath soap upon check-in. I left a note for the chamber maid and was rewarded with a selection of 6 soaps the following day. The room wasn't small nor large, and certainly served its purpose. You won't have much desire to be in the room, as there is so much to do and see in the area that you won't have time to kill.
The hotel itself is an old, historical building. It is on the KC Historical Registry and offers some interesting features only seen in a historic apartment building, such as "Milk Closets" in the hallway.
There is an outstanding location to jog in the park across the street, as well as unlimited sidewalks to stroll down through the plaza and along Brush Creek. I did not visit the gym.
As for the CC Plaza itself, I highly recommend Jack Stack BBQ for lunch/dinner, Classic Cup for weekend breakfast, Tomfooleries for Sunday Brunch, and Baja 600 for al fresco Mexican. Nearby is Union Station, a beautiful building that contains Peirpont's, a wonderful Steak restaurant owned by the same proprietor as The Hereford House, another outstanding KC steak establishment. South of the Plaza in the Brookside Neighborhood, try Carmen's Cafe, which serves wonderful Italian food. La Bodega on Southwest Blvd is a great Tapas place, and Garozzo's is another great Italian place downtown (Get good directions, it's ridiculously hard to find, but the Chicken Spedini is incredible).
If you haven't ever been, it's a must to hit the KC River Market on a Saturday morning. It isn't too terribly hard to find, and can be a truly incredible sight. Make sure to visit the fresh seafood section of the Asian Market that is found just outside the River Market through the back doors to the North. Be careful taking pics in there, though. We were apparently thought to be the health department and were made aware of the employees dislike of photography in the seafood section.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Historic Courtyard by Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel is set in the famed Kansas City Country Club Plaza, just minutes from the Kansas City International Airport. As one of the preferred Country Club Plaza hotels, the property is perfect when traveling on business, planning a meeting/social event, or enjoying the area's excellent shopping, dining and entertainment. Overlooking the breathtaking J.C. Nichols Fountain, this Kansas City, Missouri hotel is designed to fulfill the needs of all travelers. Spacious guest rooms welcome you with thoughtful and modern services and amenities, ensuring your comfort and convenience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Kansas City Country Club Plaza Hotel Kansas City
- Courtyard Kansas City
- Kansas City Marriott
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