By John Sharp
The long-awaited opening of the 115-room Hampton Inn by Hilton at 9484 Marion Ridge Dr. on the northeast corner of I-435 & Bannister Rd. occurred earlier this month.
In the few weeks since then business has been steadily increasing, particularly on the weekends, as more and more guests check in to enjoy the hotel’s many modern amenities and take advantage of its proximity to area attractions such as the Kansas City Zoo and Chiefs and Royals games, according to Bryant Hodge, general manager.
It also is drawing area residents for “staycations”, Hodge said.
The 4-story Hampton Inn Kansas City Southeast with all nonsmoking rooms has 55-inch big screen smart TVs with free premium channels in all its rooms which also all include coffee makers, microwaves and mini-refrigerators.
The rooms have either a king bed, a king bed plus a sofa or two queen beds and either a shower or a bathtub with a shower. Roll-in showers also are available in its accessible rooms for persons who use wheelchairs. Groups may request adjoining rooms with connecting doors. The hotel is pet-friendly, and guests may bring up to two dogs or cats, but there is a fee for pets except for service animals.
Guests are given the option of receiving digital keys for contactless entry.
The new hotel features complimentary hot breakfasts, a 24-hour fitness center, guest laundry, an ADA compliant heated indoor saltwater pool and a small business center.
A well-stocked treat shop provides a wide assortment of items for light meals and snacks in guests’ rooms including frozen and refrigerated products as well as non-alcoholic drinks and a variety of beers. Wine will likely be added in the near future, Hodge said. The shop also carries personal care items for guests’ needs.
A meeting room that will seat up to 64 people is available for groups.
Finishing touches are being completed on outdoor patio seating around a fire pit that is near the pool.
The hotel provides discounted rates for AAA & AARP members, government travelers and seniors.
A formal grand opening of the facility is planned for this fall.