Hotels that achieve the prestigious Gold Award represent the top 10% of hotels within each Choice brand. The awards are based on a ranking system that measures guest satisfaction, product quality, room condition and cleanliness, and staff service. These properties have a proven track record of providing exceptional guest service and facilities.
Supports Green Practices
"Supports Green Initiatives" designates a hotel's participation in an optional environmental program that includes the use of energy-efficient lighting, guestroom towel/linen re-use, and on-premise recycling. "Supports Green Initiatives" does not represent an official certification of any kind.
Kansas City citizens usher in the spirit of Yuletide with this symbolical event, held in the evening, at the beginning of the festive season. A program of music precedes the actual event, wherein the Kansas City Symphony Chorus serenades the crowds that unfailingly turn up every year. The highlight of the event is the 100 foot tall Mayor's Christmas Tree, decorated with 7,200 white lights which are ceremoniously lit by the flipping of the switch. More than 47,000 white lights bedeck the Crown Center Square, and the whole venue is instantaneously illuminated, drawing gasps of delight from kids and adults alike. The mayor of Kansas flips the switch, and proceeds to enjoy an evening of camaraderie and Christmas fellowship with his people. A celebrity guest is usually invited for the event.