Oklahoma City celebrates its western heritage in Stockyards City while it embraces the future in Bricktown, a busy entertainment district. Tinker Air Force Base provides an economic boost and the University of Oklahoma, just south of the city in Norman, is a sports powerhouse. Oklahoma City provides a broad range of lodging choices catering to business travelers, state fair goers and visitors in search of the wild west.
Colcord Hotel, 100 years old in 2010 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, is a member of Historic Hotels of America. The 12-story luxury hotel, Oklahoma City’s first skyscraper, provides free shuttle service to nearby Bricktown’s shops and dining. Large rooms at the Colcord, renovated in 2006, feature Euro-top mattresses and high thread count linens. The Skirvin Hilton, refurbished in 2007, is also a member of Historic Hotels of America. The hotel’s 225 guest rooms, including 20 suites and a Presidential suite, feature Hilton Serenity Collection bedding and Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries.
Interstates 35 and 40 cut through downtown Oklahoma City and Interstate 44 skirts the western edge of the city. Many chains operate motels near the fairgrounds and Will Rogers International Airport along I-40 and Meridian Avenue. A number of budget-friendly motels, including Super 8 and Motel 6, and suite properties like Hawthorn and Studio Six serve travelers in need of accommodations near Tinker Air Force Base. Interstate 35 connects downtown Oklahoma City with Norman, site of the University of Oklahoma to the south. Motels and RV parks line the highway.
Historic Route 66
Historic Route 66 crosses Oklahoma City just north of downtown. Unfortunately, few if any of the motels on this section of highway recall the glory days of the Mother Road. Chains dominate the motel business in this area. One exception to the chains is Habana Inn, located east of downtown. The motel bills itself as the largest gay resort hotel in the Southwest. Located in the heart of the city’s gay district, the hotel has two swimming pools, a piano bar, restaurant and two nightclubs.
Bricktown Hotel & Convention Center offers tickets to an NBA Thunder game, VIP transportation, a king-bed room and access to a club-level suite at the arena. The hotel offers moderate to expensive room rates, free Wi-Fi and shuttle service to Bricktown. Best Western Broadway Inn & Suites provides guests with tickets to the zoo and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum along with accommodations in its Adventure Package. The Suiteheart Package at Embassy Suites includes champagne, stemware, breakfast and late check-out.
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