The room was spacious & very clean with a full kitchen (fridge, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, etc), a table with 2 chairs, a TV (cable w/HBO), VCR & CD player/clock combo. There was selection of videocassettes that you can borrow at the front desk. There was one full size bed and an easy chair that fully reclined. The bathroom was spacious with a bathtub & a hair dryer. The closet held an iron and ironing board. The A/C was very quiet and I couldn't hear any hall or next door noise.
On the main floor, not far from the lobby, there is a small fitness room with a stairmaster, stationary bike, treadmill, etc with a TV set available to guests from I believe 6AM to 10PM. They also have a snack area (Candlewood Cupboard) where one could choose from a good selection of sandwiches, snacks, sodas, etc (honor system). This was right next to the coin operated laundry area. A quarter is given to you at check-in for your first soda.
The hotel is located in an office park area, maybe 5 minutes south of I435 which skirts around the south side of KC, and not more than 45 minutes to downtown KC. It is a little off the beaten path and the signage was non-existent until you got to the hotel, so make sure and print out some directions before going. My son lives in KC and it took a while for us to find the property.
There were about 4 eateries within walking distance according to the in-room brochure. Only one I remember was a Boston Market. You definitely need a car to get around here.
Local calls are free and long-distance charges are cheaper than any hotel I've seen - - I believe around $.25 per minute and no surcharges. Free incoming faxes, too.
Had no problem with the smoking- vs. non-smoking controversy other posters have mentioned. Mine was a non-smoking room all the way.
There was only one full size bed in the room as this was their studio room. They also have 1 BR suites and studio doubles, but my guess is they are reserved for non-P/L customers. I was traveling alone so the studio was OK for me.
There is no daily maid service (it's once a week). You can request extra towels at the front desk if needed.
I overheard the hotel clerk tell a caller they were at 48% occupancy the morning I checked out (11-22-01). She also told me the property was four (4) years old although it looked more like about six (6) months old.
Another interesting feature was a letter album located in the front lobby. It contained complimentary letters from satisfied customers over the last 3-4 years.
According to a press release,"executive Officer Jack DeBoer founded Candlewood Suites in 1995 and Cambridge Suites in 1998. DeBoer previously founded Residence Inn and co-founded Summerfield Suites and is the creator of the extended stay concept."
They have a Senior Value Program which allows you to B1G1 free on conventional reservations around holidays. Also applies to your first stay.
Best P/L value I've ever had @ $15 + $5b!