The Overland Park Marriott is TREMENDOUS. The remodeling has taken the hotel to a new level. I stayed at the hotel during the remodeling, and yes, it was burdensome, but now that everything is complete, there are no complaints whatsoever. The rooms are beautiful and very spacious. I am overjoyed with the ergonomic desk chair and plug-in panel for my laptop. Sure, it may cost to use the Internet, but you get free long-distance, and we all know it's difficult to get cell phone reception in rooms sometimes. I love the flat-panel TV, although I would hope there would be some HD channels available soon as is the case at the Wichita Marriott and The Cornhusker in Lincoln, Neb. The concierge lounge is very nice and the service is first-rate.
Unless you're really financially strapped, this is the place you want to stay. The amenities are first-rate, and the cost is far more palatable than the two full-service Marriott hotels in Jackson County. It's convenient to the Truman Sports Complex, the Plaza and the Power and Light district. The only problem is its about a 45-minute drive to the airport, but just about everything is a long drive from KCI. Great place.
The OP Convention Center Courtyard now has LCD's in all the rooms. I almost always get a suite when I stay there and some of them have a new dresser the TV sits on, some don't so I am assuming they are probably replacing them based on the wear they are showing. Regular rooms, and the main room in the suites still have the old furniture.
I have stayed at the Courtyard just down Metcalf and do not like that hotel at all. Staff was very unhelpful, and climate control was terrible as you could not select heat or cool and the unit would fight with itself once it got around a set temperature (but the room would never go below 70, even when set to 65, the lowest the display allowed). Rooms seemed even more cramped than a normal Courtyard. I have also stayed at the Courtyard on Holmes, and not been impressed by it either...rooms are standard Courtyard, no LCD's and no thermostat controls, only heat/cool settings on the unit itself. No Wi-fi in the rooms in either of those hotels either.