We went there for our anniversary last year and will probably go back this year. We had a great time because it fit our needs perfectly. It's not a chain like Marriott -- it's unique. We like that. It has nice rooms. They have a history to them, which adds a bit of charm. The restaurant served great food, and though we showed up at a late hour, we were treated very well. There is an old, unusual, but well-maintained pool and hot tub in the basement. That was a lot of fun for just the two of us. The hotel was quiet and secluded from the big city.
If you are looking for a rip-snorting time, go somewhere else. The town is interesting, but not much to do there in the way of shopping and night-life. It's relatively small. Maybe that's why Truman liked it. We like places like that., too.
We had fun just chilling in the room, watching movies, checking our email and relaxing in the hot tub and pool, and thinking about the history of the hotel and all the famoous people who had stayed there over the years.
Our lives back in the real world of a big city are very hectic. We stayed 2 nights & 3 days last August away from the rodent race.
NOT AS GOOD:
The one staff person in charge of the spa on the night we went down there was a real snot. So, we just did something else. Her loss. No moolah that night for her. Not a biggie in our minds. We'll try it again this year and see if we get someone nicer.
Secondly -- This may or may not be a negative, it is just a matter of your perspective, but the place is old. That is part of it's charm for us. If you want a brand new, state of the art environment, go to Holiday Inn or DoubleTree. The Elms is not falling apart, but it's old. It's an antique. A bit of history. If you want the bright city night life, go into KC to the Plaza and go to the jazz clubs. Been there, done that. But we didn't have to fight the big city traffic at the Elms.
It would make a fun conference location, too. Different.
Pros: Old, nice, quiet
Cons: Spa attendant unfriently; wouldn't go for just the town, itself, but it's OK.