I hadn’t been to Kansas City in years but when I got the chance this winter to visit during a layover, I was excited! Barbecue, beers, and history right in the heart of the country – count me in! I was also lucky enough to have the time to visit this fun city. It’s the perfect spot for a long weekend or a few days of fun.
When thinking about where to stay in Kansas City, you have a bunch of options, but most of them don’t offer much to add to your stay… When I found out the Westin was right in the center of downtown and had tons of awesome added amenities for a great price, I was ready to stay there. For just $150 a night, you get all the amazing amenities of a Westin without having to splurge a ton on the luxury of such a great hotel. It definitely ended up being a great experience!
Disclaimer: The Westin Kansas City offered me access to amenities as well as complimentary food and drinks in exchange for my review of their hotel. This post also contains affiliate links, so if you make a purchase, I get a small commission that helps me keep my blog running. As always, all opinions are my own.
The location of this hotel could not be better! The Westin Kansas City Crown Center is located right in the center of downtown across the street from Union Station. You are within walking distance of the World War I Memorial and Museum, Union Station, tons of restaurants and shops, Lego Land, the aquarium, and the convention center. Honestly, I am probably forgetting some things within walking distance because there is so much. It was perfect for me during the winter because I barely had to go outside to get anywhere. There are indoor walk ways directly to shops, the convention center, and Union Station.
I took a 35 minute Lyft to get to the hotel that cost me about $30 dollars. The hotel offers the same service for about the same price, but I didn’t find out about this until after I checked in. If you are coming from the airport, definitely check with the hotel before you decide how to get there!
Facilities and Entertainment
This hotel has some really awesome amenities, a gorgeous lobby, and great views. They are currently renovating the VIP lounge, suites, and hotel rooms to provide guests with the best experience. The rooms are already great so I know this will make your stay even better when it is complete. Know that while they are renovating, certain rooms will be near construction so check with the staff when you check in to make sure your room is away from the noise if that is important to you.
There is an entire level of the hotel dedicated to fitness and the pool. The pool is heated and definitely looked awesome in the cold weather, but it was 3 degrees when I visited and even with that I was not getting in the pool! There were indoor jacuzzis, a sauna, and steam room that I did enjoy though! They also offer a full bar next to the pool which is a nice way to relax while you’re in a jacuzzi.
The full gym is quite large and you get a great view of the pool as you work out on the bikes, ellipticals, and treadmills. There is also a large room for lifting weights and a full locker room. Outside you will find tennis courts and a running track. Plus, Westin has a great program where you can rent full work out clothes and shoes for just $10 which makes working out while traveling even easier. Definitely check this service out if you forgot your workout gear or are trying to pack light.
The Westin is also attached to Crown Center which gives you access to shops and restaurants that are fun to walk through. The only major shopping spot with clothes and items is Halls which makes up the majority of Crown Center’s shopping. You can see tons of little local places inside here as well. I wouldn’t spend all day shopping here, but it is really convenient that it is connected to the hotel. It’s the perfect spot to buy gifts for anyone as well at local stores like the one above.
My favorite amenity offered to this hotel was the very kind concierge and shuttle around downtown. While I was there, it was really cold and I was new to Kansas City. The concierge gave me a ton of suggestions on things to do and see, plus there is a free shuttle bus that runs around downtown. I was able to use the free shuttle instead of walking around in the cold. They will take you from the hotel all the way up to the power and light district. I definitely saved money by taking this shuttle instead of Uber all over the place.
I enjoyed a breakfast and appetizers at the hotel while there. There is one restaurant in the hotel The Brassarie and it had delicious food. The appetizers we received were excellent and we enjoyed them a bunch. I had the Korean chicken wings and the spinach artichoke dip – both of which I highly recommend! They also had a large choice of cocktails and local beers to choose from.The atmosphere is very calm and quiet which is nice in a hotel. It was the perfect spot to go before heading out for dinner in downtown Kansas City.
The breakfast was really great as well. I enjoyed a large omelette and a fresh squeezed juice. I love how refreshed and full I felt for the day after breakfast. My only complaint was the coffee. They had a full service coffee bar with espresso, but I opted for coffee. Maybe I should have gone for the latte, but the coffee was not so great. Service was quick and kind very kind. It was a great experience.
I loved my room at the Westin! It had an incredible view which was definitely my favorite part. It was a large room with all the amenities readily available. The room had robes, coffee bar, large flat screen, and chairs for a great view. The bathtub was huge which made it perfect for showers and baths. I love being able to relax while traveling!
Also, the view was even prettier at night!
I had excellent interactions with all staff at the hotel! From check-in to the gift shop, everyone was so friendly and kind. I had multiple questions as I was traveling by myself and was pretty unfamiliar with the area. I was even able to email them ahead of time and get suggestions of restaurants and things to do in the area. We took several of the suggestions. The staff was also really helpful, telling me about the shuttle and making sure I was comfortable throughout my stay.
If you are headed to Kansas City then the Westin Crown Center is definitely an affordable, friendly place in the perfect location for your stay!
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