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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Stes Kansas City Sports Complex

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Even though this a difficult property to access, HIEx should capitalize on their proximity to the stadium and theatre areas with a shuttle, even if an extra charge. The quality of stay was certainly not worth the $$$ charged due to access, loud rooms, and below average breakfast.

When we arrived, there was a problem with the room we were assigned so they immediately moved us to another room. Our keys stopped working within a couple of hours (on the 2nd room) and the staff immediately responded to this and worked on the door but it was not something that could be remedied right away so they moved us to a third room - a very nice suite on the 3rd floor. It was clean, roomy and we had a view of a wooded area with deer! We were in Missouri for a funeral and it was a sad and stressful situation so we appreciated the Holiday Inn staff being so kind and helpful in getting us settled into a nice room. We were there for five nights and the staff (John, Marisol, Amber, Rebecca, Jay and the sweet lady in the cafeteria - Yolanda) were outstanding in providing friendly, helpful and exceptional customer service! They went above and beyond to make sure our stay was comfortable and our needs met. They are great staff and we really appreciate all they did to make our stay pleasant at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

June 17, 2017, I had reserved a room to stay at this hotel chain on a busy Saturday night. Unfortunately, while we were staying, the power went out. There were no lights, no air conditioning, no tv, no refrigerator. It was so dark we couldn’t see each other in the room-a huge liability should someone become injured on premises. It was also a very humid, Missouri night to be without air-conditioning. After the power had been out for several hours, we went to the front desk and were told that there was a storm, the hotel did not have a back-up generator and they weren't sure when power would be restored ( I did hear later that the power was not restored until 4am). We were told that if we left we would receive a full refund. After deliberating with my boyfriend we concluded that there was no way we could stay (he requires air conditioning and lights to avoid duress as he is a disabled veteran). The manager that I spoke with said that the city would reimburse the hotel and then we would receive a refund from Holiday Inn Express. I was reassured of this twice, the manager took my name and credit card information down before we decided to leave. We ended up having to drive all the way home, several hours, late at night in the rain. This put a lot of strain on us. We also were carrying $100 of refrigerated items with us that we risked losing due to not have a refrigerator. When I booked the room, I paid for the amenities that were promised to me. Unfortunately, those were not available for my stay. I feel as though it is wrong to take money for amenities unable to provide no matter the circumstances. Upon return to work that Monday afterward, I began making phone calls to facilitate receiving the refund I was promised. I was met with opposition almost immediately. I was told by the staff that the management was looking at this and would contact me by the following Tuesday. I waiting the entire week and Tuesday at 4:45pm I still had received no phone call in return. I called back and the staff gave me an email to contact for one of the managers. I emailed them and 2 days later still had received no response. I've worked in retail and was exercising a lot of patience because I understand it takes a while to get these things ironed out. The staff was amazingly helpful and friendly during this process, but management was not available. I was eventually told later that week that the management had decided that they were going to offer a "deep discounted room based on the reschedule of a concert in town." I did not accept this as an appropriate recompense for the following reasons: 1. This is a concert I do not plan on attending-I fail to see how that applies to me 2. I am unable to make the date of the room they offered to discount 3. The room I paid for in full was for a very packed Saturday night and the night they were offering to discount a room for us was a Wednesday night. This does not indemnify me as the Saturday night room is much more expensive. 4. I have now wasted an entire month trying to resolve these issues 5. Management ignored my requests and did not fulfill their promise to call back 6. I have no business in Kansas City much less your specific hotel for this specific date At this point, I have contacted the Better Business Bureau as I feel that this is poor management and business practices. One cannot simply take money by promising to provide accommodations and then not provide what is promised. The management's response to my complaint has been utterly inappropriate, and unacceptable. I am very upset to think that there are many other customers who did not receive a refund as well. I am disappointed with Holiday Inn Express and the way their management has handled this situation. I should have been contacted and should not have had to spend 2 weeks making phone calls that were not answered. I should not have been offered a random Wednesday night at that specific hotel when I purchased a Saturday night hotel. The inconvenience that we experienced was bad enough without having to drag it out over the course of another month. At this point I will be writing my experiences on every travel website I can find to warn other travelers that the management takes this attitude. I am taking my entire family on a 10 day vacation in 2 weeks and will NOT be staying in any Holiday Inn hotels. I would like to assume that the Holiday Inn Express Corporation does not condone the actions of the management at this location, however since I have not had any word otherwise I am forced to believe that this hotel does not care about charging a disabled veteran for amenities he did not receive. I hope to make our experience known so that no one else has to go through the amount of inconvenience that we were put through.

The mattress and comforter was nice and cozy! I wish I had one! The room had a refrigerator and microwave. It was really nice and clean and everyone was really friendly. The only downfall was our window had a leak and it was raining really hard. It was nice having so many access to tv stations. I would definitely stay there again.

We selected this property due to its proximity to KC's Starlight Theater. It is close to Swope Park, 63rd street, and I-435. However, we almost went elsewhere. I tried booking directly on Holiday Inn Express' website...but it said no room available. My wife suggested I use one of the internet hotel search sites, and this property was included, at a price less that the Hiliday Inn Express site. We booked. It is a popular property for KC Royal and Chiefs fans. As we checked in, it was obvious that Holiday Inn Express has computer program issues. While were were standing at the front desk, multiple guests had reservation issues. Fortunately, we didn't, probably be cause we booked it though another site. When checking out, we were not asked about our stay. Maybe they don't care...they have reservation issues? If asked, I would have told the (nice) desk clerk that: the mattress was totally worn out-you could feel the springs, There is no hot water, only luke warm( and that took me 4-5 minutes to get), there is no grab bar in the shower, and one on the wall, at the rear of the bath-tub, hardly where you 'need' one, the curtains hang over the AirCon unit, so the cool air goes up the curtains, and not into the room, the toilet mysteriously flushes itself throughout the day/night, bad design in the bathroom-the toilet and door(almost) collide, and there is dangerous access entering/exiting the property (a hidden driveway, coming over a hill, on Hwy 350). Come on Holiday Inn Express-I know you can do better!

We were in town for a concert at the Starlight Theatre. The weather turned horrific and by the time we were back to the hotel the power was out over a large portion of KC. We were impressed with the staff, the quiet ( even on a Saturday night with no a/c, no lights, etc.) in this small hotel. I can't say enough about their friendliness & professionalism with the printer, etc., prior to catching our outbound flight. Two thumbs up!

Great location to walk to watch Sporting KC, but awful hotel to stay at due to cleanliness. Charged more for one day than the same for both days. Traffic is bad to get out of hotel if people going or leaving games.

Nice room we were welcomed by the staff. The inn was busy as there was a baseball game in town and many people came from the Twin Cities for the game. We were there from Southwest MO for the game too. The breakfast the next morning was good, better then the average hotel breakfast.

Good stopping point after 11 hours of driving. 5 minutes from I70. Good location to get to Joe's BBQ (a must). Staff was very friendly, breakfast area very clean. The hotel it's self is old. Creepy being on level 0 underground in a gigantic room. The beds were comfortable and clean. The shower was awesome. It was okay for a hotel snob like my self.

When we arrived, there was a lot of mold in the bathroom. We told the front desk staff and the hotel manager immediately apologized, moved us to another room and inspected the first room. She told us that she put the room "out of service" so that other guests would not be booked in the room. It appeared the room had water damage from above that was never correctly fixed. The second room was clean, mold-free, and just fine. We appreciated that the staff listened and took immediate action to move us to a new room. Throughout the stay the staff were attentive, friendly and responsive. There had been a few bugs and other mystery floaters in the pool, and the staff had the pool cleaned. The free breakfast was well stocked, kept clean, and the staff working the food area kept all food items fresh and filled. They did an excellent job with the breakfast area. Tables were immediately cleaned off when guests left, and the entire area was clean. We appreciated this because the breakfast included was a selling point in selecting this hotel. the entry to the hotel is kind of unusually - it is ON a highway, and you cannot see it in advance because it is behind a curve in the highway. You make the turn and it is immediately there! Kind of harrowing! But, it was close to the sites we wanted to see, so it worked out well for us. Free parking is a plus these days, too. The hotel has wifi in the main areas, but in the room you need to have a network cable.

8551 E Blue Pkwy Kansas City MO

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Indoor pool

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Stes Kansas City Sports Complex places you within a 10-minute drive of popular sights such as Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium. This 81-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, an indoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Kansas City Zoo and Lakeside Nature Center are also near this Kansas City hotel.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 6 AM to 9:30 AM.


The 81 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. Guests can expect 42-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels, along with free WiFi and wired Internet. Pillowtop beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other amenities include free newspapers, free local calls, and ironing boards.

Property features

Guests staying at Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Stes Kansas City Sports Complex enjoy an indoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. Free parking is included with your stay. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a meeting room, a business center, and express check-in.

Room options

Executive Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room

King 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

59% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 132 reviews