Check-in time finally was set for 3 p.m. Friday on the 1500 block of Baltimore.
About 100 guests were registered for the first night of business for the Residence Inn and Courtyard Hotel, dual Marriott hotels that have been under construction since August 2014.
The $46 million development by Chartwell Hospitality opened later than targeted, which had forced some early bookings to shift elsewhere.
The adjacent parking garage still isn’t finished, and last-minute installation of landscaping was underway, along with street cleanups. But guests ready to check in already sat in the shared lobby Friday morning, using the hotel Wi-Fi.
“We’re getting walk-ins as we speak,” said Valerie Auld, spokeswoman for the hotel. “This is a busy convention weekend in Kansas City.”
Grand opening celebrations will be held Oct. 5, but downtown, Crossroads Arts District and Kansas City streetcar boosters already were tweeting out the opening news.
The 10-story hotels, with 261 rooms, were built without city subsidies by the Tennessee-based Chartwell, which in 2013 spotted the downtown Kansas City market as ripe for more lodging facilities.
Crossland Construction was the general contractor on the project.
The hotel will use valet parking for guests in its parking garage. Until that structure is ready, cars will be parked under agreements with nearby garages, Auld said.
The garage is designed to include about 4,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground level.
The hotels employ about 80 people.
Curt Cerise is the general manager. A veteran in the hospital industry, Cerise earned the Hotelier of the Year award from the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Kansas City in 2014.