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The Aladdin Hotel: Casual Elegance & Kick Ass Beds

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I’m a retailer, and this is the Holiday season. We’ve been really busy. One day we actually measured, and our staff walks about 5 miles a day in our little shop when we are really busy. After 5 straight 12 hour days, and 25 or so miles of walking, I prefer to relax in a hotel rather than commute home.

The cool thing about our business is our customers. We’ve got business people, teachers, lawyers, doctors, a dude who owns a crane company, women who sell furniture to schools, world-class skateboarders, the best chocolate maker in the world… well you get the picture. Sarah, one of our customers, is the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Aladdin Hotel in downtown Kansas City. Last night she suggested I stay at her hotel, and I took her up on that offer, and I’d like to share in my experience.

The Staff:

Professional and Competent. Checking in at the Aladdin is awesome. I was in my room on the 14th floor in 3 minutes. I’ve travelled extensively in my career and life, and I’ve been whisked a few times. They whisk you at the Aladdin. You pull up to the hotel, they park your car, you check in in seconds, and you’re in your room. Great experience. The best way I can explain the staff is the way I would explain our staff: Team. They do business the way we do business. You get a tour, a story, and a memorable experience.

The Rooms & Food:

I love history. I love stories. The Aladdin is full of both. It features a swanky art deco lobby, and rooms. My room was comfortable, I had fast, free wifi access to run my ecommerce business, and the most awesome bed I’ve slept in – that’s not an exaggeration. The hotel just upgraded all of its beds, and it’s really hard to put it into words how great the beds are. I was asleep in seconds, and awoke 7 hours later. There’s nothing more magical than a good night’s sleep, and last night was magical. I’m ready to get after it.

I’m eating a three egg and steak breakfast in the Zebra Room – that’s breakfast lunch and dinner. They call it the Zebra Room because this was the first place in Kansas City where blacks and whites could mingle together. How cool is that? The omelet chef personally came over and chatted with me. It’s a nice touch when folks come and share in the story and history of a place.

Next time you visit KC, or decide to stay downtown after a night at Cellar and Loft, check out the Aladdin. It’s worthwhile.

Kris

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