The Oklahoma State Fair Arena, originally named for former Oklahoma City Mayor Jim Norick, lies close to the intersection of Interstates 40 and 44 and has an assortment of hotels within a three-mile radius. Only four miles from center-city Oklahoma City, the arena today hosts rodeos, horse shows and other events related to the state fair. A handful of nearby hotels -- ranging from budget-level to high-end -- receive consistently high ratings from popular travel guides.
Best Western Saddleback Inn and Conference Center
Only a mile from the state fairgrounds, this three-story, 220-unit hotel lies within walking distance of the White Water Bay amusement park, a popular Oklahoma City attraction. A smart choice for budget-minded travelers, the hotel offers comfortable accommodations for reasonable rates and features Native American/Western decor that gives it more character than most hotels, according to Frommer’s. All rooms and suites feature in-room safes, microwaves and compact refrigerators, as well as high-speed Internet. On-site recreational facilities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, indoor natural wood sauna and fitness center. The motel provides a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning in the Arizona Grill, which also serves lunch and dinner daily.
Biltmore Hotel Oklahoma
With more than 500 rooms and suites, this sprawling hotel, 2½ miles from the arena, is one of the largest in Oklahoma City. The Biltmore accepts up to two small pets per room for no additional fee, making this a good choice for people traveling with their cats or dogs. Wireless Internet service is available in all guest rooms and suites, as well as all common areas in the hotel. The Biltmore, which enjoys a three-diamond rating from AAA, boasts extensive recreational facilities, including three outdoor swimming pools, one indoor pool, a wading pool for children, fitness room and lighted tennis courts. Business travelers can work on proposals or projects in the well-equipped business center. The Brandywine Room offers fine dining in a formal setting, while the Casa Cafe serves light fare in a casual atmosphere. The Sports Page Club offers food and drinks, as well as an offtrack betting center.
Holiday Inn Oklahoma City Airport
This six-story, 147-unit hotel sits along the shores of the Oklahoma River, only minutes from Oklahoma City International Airport and three miles from the state fairgrounds. All rooms and suites in this sleekly contemporary hotel have microwaves, compact refrigerators and spacious desk/work areas. All guest rooms and common areas, including the hotel’s business center, have wireless Internet. Guests who want to stay active can exercise in the fitness center or swim laps in the hotel’s indoor swimming pool. Just off the lobby, Kem’s Restaurant and River Bar serves breakfast and dinner in a dining room overlooking the nearby river. AAA gives the hotel a three-diamond rating.
Residence Inn Oklahoma City West
A wise choice for family groups and travelers who are planning an extended stay in the Oklahoma City area, this two-story, all-suites hotel lies only two miles from the state fair arena. All of the hotel’s 136 studio and penthouse suites feature fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces and wireless Internet, which is also available in all of the hotel’s common areas. Recreational facilities include a sports court, seasonal outdoor swimming pool and fitness center. The hotel has no on-site restaurant but does serve a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning and hosts evening receptions with free snacks and drinks. Nearby restaurants include Cimarron Steak House, Mangos, On the Border, Shiki Japanese Restaurant, Shorty Small’s and Trapper’s. The hotel enjoys a three-diamond AAA rating.