by Karon Warren
Opened in 1922 as The Broadview Hotel, the Drury Broadview Plaza continues to maintain a strong presence in downtown Wichita, Kansas. Overlooking the Arkansas River, this historic property underwent a $29-million renovation in 2010, reopening in July 2011. As part of that extensive renovation, the nonsmoking hotel preserved several original features in the building, such as the hand-crafted moldings and tile floor in the lobby. The hotel also preserved the 1,500-square-foot mosaic, “The Advance of Civilization in Kansas,” designed by renowned Native American artist Blackbear Bosin in the Crystal Ballroom.
While families will enjoy the beauty of this historic building, they also will love the modern amenities and services offered to guests. The kids will love the indoor swimming pool where they can swim year-round. Then there’s the free hot breakfast, 5:30 Kickback with dinner entrees, and free soda and popcorn. And, of course, they’ll have the spacious guestrooms outfitted with a microwave, a refrigerator and a coffeemaker. In fact, there’s almost no reason to leave the hotel at all. Except, maybe at check-out.
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- Free breakfast, snacks & beverages
- Indoor swimming pool
- Free Wi-Fi
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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All 200 guestrooms include a microwave, a refrigerator, a coffeemaker, an iron, an ironing board, a hair dryer, an LCD TV, free Wi-Fi, free guest voicemail, and free local and long-distance calls. Cribs are complimentary, but you should request at booking to ensure availability. Rollaway beds also are available for a $10 fee per day based on availability, and should be requested at booking. Connecting rooms are available; all connecting rooms are "like" rooms, meaning, for example, you can have two queen rooms that connect.
Deluxe (Standard) Rooms
These guestrooms feature either one king bed or two queen beds, nightstands, a desk and chair, a dresser, and a chair with side table. Oversized standard rooms are available.
These guestrooms feature a separate bedroom with either a king bed or two queen beds, nightstand, chest and LCD TV. In the living room, you'll find a sleeper sofa, side tables, a chair, a coffee table, a desk and chair, and a chest with LCD TV. For some rooms, the bathrooms feature a large vanity with one sink, a tub/shower combination and a separate shower.
Note: There are a limited number of loft suites and a presidential suite available. For more information on these guestrooms and to book, call the hotel directly.
Enjoyed pretty much every aspect of my stay at the Drury. the shuttle driver was courteous and helpful even for a very late night/early morning (330 am) arrival. Front desk, housekeeping and breakfast buffet staff were all wonderful Good food for breakfast. Rooms were clean, comfortable, and wifi was speedy. I will stay here again next time I am in Wichita,
I have never had the privilege of staying at a Drury hotel before this past week. What a gem! This hotel is the bees knees. It is right on the river walk in downtown Wichita which was a wonderful location. They have a happy hour every night from 5:30-7 with THREE FREE DRINKS. Great opportunity to meet people. That's what I had for dinner every night. It is a wonderful staff that is super friendly. I asked for an allergen free room and they did that. Wonderful.
The heated indoor swimming pool is open to guests from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It has a minimum depth of 3 feet, with a maximum depth of 5 feet. There are lounge and regular chairs scattered around the pool, but not a lot. There are some small tables interspersed among the chairs. Also, there is one large table with four chairs. Towels are provided.
Smoking and glass containers are not permitted in the pool area. There is no lifeguard on duty, and no one younger than 16 is allowed in the pool area without adult supervision. A bathroom and water fountain are located right outside the door to the pool area. You must have your room key to enter the pool area.
Also, there is a pool deck outside of the pool area that contains tables, chairs and loungers.
There are two hot tubs available to guests, one inside the pool area and one outside on the pool deck. For each hot tub, the maximum depth is 3 feet. No one younger than 16 is permitted in the hot tubs without adult supervision.
The hotel serves a free, hot breakfast from 6 to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays and from 7 to 10 a.m. on weekends. Breakfast selections include breakfast meats, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, oatmeal, cereal, breakfast breads and pastries, pancakes, breakfast potatoes, omelet station, juices, milks, and coffee.
Free 5:30 Kickback
Every evening, guests of the Drury Broadview Plaza can enjoy snacks, dinner and beverages from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Those guests age 21 and older also can enjoy up to three complimentary adult beverages per night of stay during the 5:30 Kickback. Adult beverages include beer, wine, liquor and a small selection of cocktails.
The hotel usually posts a menu at the front desk stating the entrees, side and snacks available during the 5:30 Kickback. Entree choices range from Italian meatballs, penne pasta and marinara sauce to chicken strips and macaroni and cheese. Soups such as potato and bacon, chili, and fire-roasted corn also are offered. Side items usually include baked potato and a salad offering. Snacks usually include chips, salsa and nacho cheese, as well as popcorn. Steamed hot dogs and buns are always offered, along with a choice of toppings.
Free Popcorn and Soda
Guests will always find fresh-popped popcorn and a flowing soda fountain from 3 to 10 p.m. every day.
In the lobby, there is complimentary coffee service available at all times.
Guests may order from a room service menu provided by Avi Seabar & Chophouse, a third-party restaurant located adjacent to the hotel. The menu features appetizers, soup, salad, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, entrees and sides. All room service orders incur a $2 service fee.
Note: Vending machines are located on all even-numbered floors, and a 24-hour guest pantry selling limited snacks and beverages is available behind the front desk.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Check-in time is 3 p.m., with check-out at 11 a.m.
The hotel offers covered parking in a garage across the street for $8 per night plus tax. Rates may be higher during special events. The parking garage is accessible from the hotel via a covered walkway. Guests must check-in at the hotel before entering garage. Room key will be required for entering the garage by car, and also to enter the hotel from the garage.
The 24-hour fitness center features four treadmills, one exercise bike, two elliptical machines, free weights, four weight machines, an exercise ball and exercise mats. Towels and water are provided. No one younger than 16 is permitted in the fitness center. Guests must use room key to access the fitness center.
The hotel welcomes dogs and cats to the property, with a limit of two pets per room. There is a daily cleaning fee of $15 per room plus tax. Service animals are welcome free of charge.
The Art of Smart Timing
The Drury Broadview Plaza stays very busy during April, October and the summer months. You'll find better availability from November through March. In general, January and February are the coldest, snowiest months. Because it's the hotel's low season, you'll find the best rates from November through February.
The Drury Broadview Plaza is just 10 minutes from Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT), and the hotel provides complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle service. However, you should arrange shuttle service in advance. For those driving, the hotel is located just minutes from U.S. Highway 400 off of Interstates 135 and 235.
Although the hotel does not offer complimentary shuttle service around town, there are many attractions, restaurants and nightlife hot spots within walking distance of the property.
Also, Wichita does have a free downtown trolley called the Q-Line that operates year-round during peak evening hours: Monday toÂ Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. On Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m., the trolley runs a museum route that takes visitors from area stops to the many museums in Wichita. While there are nine designated stops along the route, you also can flag down the trolley at any intersection along the route. You can exit the trolley at any time by pulling the cord to notify the driver. The entire round-trip route through the city takes approximately 20 minutes. The front desk can provide a route map for the trolley.
For exploring beyond the immediate proximity of the hotel and out of the trolley reach, a car is recommended.
For Mom and Dad
For parents who find themselves kid-free for a few hours, head downstairs for a glass of wine during the 5:30 Kickback before making your way to Avi Seabar & Steakhouse for an intimate dinner for two. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll behind the hotel along the Arkansas River.