It’s not often that we here at AirlineReporter review hotels. In fact, a property must be exceedingly special to attract our attention. Take, for example, prime PlaneSpotting properties like the AvGeek favorite Renaissance Concourse HotelÂ in Atlanta, or equally impressive Fairmont Vancouver Airport. And of course, who could forget the world’s only seven-starÂ hotel, in Dubai.
But what about a lowly three-star former Holiday Inn Express turned independent hotel in Kansas City? What could they possibly offer of interest to a fiercely loyalÂ major brand status holder and admitted hotel snob like me?Â A lot, it turns out. KC’s 816 Hotel (that’s our telephone area code for those not in the know) has done a lot to distinguishÂ itself from the pack in appealing to folks from all walks of life. The property has over one hundred rooms, with twenty themed rooms. These unique rooms range from representing our various sports teamsÂ to our local newspapers to themes far off the beaten path:Â KC Mob or BBQ room, anyone? And while any of these might appeal to the general population, the gems that caught my eye were those dedicated to theÂ Roasterie DC-3 and TWA.
I was lucky to score a night in the ever popular TWA room. Here are my thoughtsâ€¦