Note: This is the second week we welcome guest writer Sommer Sharon. She has written a 2- part blog series for us. In this series Sommer will talk about the new Stoney Creek hotel in Independence, MO. The first blog was about J. Thompson Builders’ involvement in the building of the hotel. This second blog is about her experience staying at the hotel.
Now for the run-down of my stay at Stoney Creek Independence…
Location, Location, Location!
The new Stoney Creek Hotel in Independence, MO is located next door to Bass Pro. What a perfect partnership! Both brands appeal to the outdoor enthusiast and families.
The area offers several nearby restaurants, and a family fun center is being built right by the hotel. Stoney Creek is also located right across from a park and walking trails.
How You’ll Feel At Stoney Creek
You’re in the middle of metropolitan Missouri, yet feel as though you’ve been transported to a rustic, yet contemporary urban lodge.
Who Should Stay Here
It’s well suited for anyone, but definitely appeals to families or business travelers. My hotel tour guide also told me lots of sports teams tend to stay here because many tournaments are held at the nearby Independence Center.
The Place to Be at Night
The indoor/outdoor pool is the place to be! Especially if you have kids. You can see the steam rise from the water when it’s cold outside. One of my kids’ favorite past experiences at a Stoney Creek hotel (the indoor/outdoor pool is a feature at many of their properties) was swimming outside while it was snowing; they could float on their backs and feel the snowflakes fall and melt on their faces.
The place to be if you don’t have kids (or can sneak away) is McCoy’s Bar. The wine is “on nitro” (a nitrogen preservation system), which means every glass poured from an opened bottle tastes as fresh as the first. They offer a selection of whiskey (inside sources say they’ll soon carry a KC variety). And of course, a bar isn’t complete without several big screen TVs, one of which covers an entire wall.
The Place to Be in the Morning
The breakfast room, of course. This isn’t your usual continental breakfast, but instead they offer a complimentary hot breakfast. The breakfast room was especially packed with a women’s basketball team staying at the hotel. Those girls need fuel to play their best.
My Favorite Amenity
The comfy bed, all to myself! So often when traveling with children you all end up in a bed together, but not when your room has bunk beds for the kids. My kids were snuggled each into their own bed, and I got a much needed night of rest after a long week of traveling.
Stoney Creek Independence is a great weekend visit. You won’t have to mess with the busyness of downtown Kansas City or leave Independence or even the Stoney Creek hotel, if you don’t wish to, but you’re still close enough to KC if you want to visit for the day.
My daughter summed up our stay well with this note she left….
Sommer Sharon is a freelance writer. Her writing has been seen in USA Today, Iowa Living, Trails.com and various other national and regional, print and online, publications. She is a seasoned traveler who specializes in solo travel and solo family travel (i.e. traveling alone with kids). You can find out more about her at www.sleighconsulting.com.