The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
Beautiful Surroundings but not Blown Away
Every staff member we encountered was exceptionally friendly, courteous and helpful. We stayed on a Friday night and had tickets to see "Wicked" at the OKC Civic Center that evening. I was surprised that even in a small city like Oklahoma City that there was no taxi stand. The bellman had to call for one. After waiting for just a couple minutes, he directed another staff member to take us there (only five blocks away) in their black sedan. We were very impressed by the gesture. When he dropped us off at the door, he left us with his personal cell phone number to call when we wanted picked up. Afterward we called but got no answer, so we just walked back to the hotel (again, only five blocks). That was another place we were surprised not to see any taxis waiting. It was a beautiful night, so we didn't mind walking.
The furniture throughout the hotel was large scale and looked to be very high end. I found it a little odd that this hotel's rebirth seemed to concentrate on bringing back the opulence of its history, but so much of the furniture had an ultra-modern, whimsical look to it.
Our room was very small (probably due to the excellent government rate we had) and was next to the elevator. It was still very quiet--our whole floor seemed deserted. The corridors are very wide and ceilings very high.
Self-parking was $8 and valet parking was $20. We self-parked and were pleased with the convenience of the Santa Fe garage adjacent to the hotel.
The indoor swimming pool and hot tub are in the basement and are VERY small and dark. The fitness center looked nice from the hallway (that's as close as I cared to get). The hot tub was nice and deep for a change but not much hotter than bath water, so we didn't stay long.
The hotel's Red Piano lounge looked very nice and was hopping with the over-40 crowd (like us) when we returned from the play about 11:00.
I would stay there again if I could get a rate around $100-120 but no higher. Downtown OKC seems to roll up the sidewalks on evenings and weekends, so if nightlife is important to you, plan on walking to nearby Bricktown.
Wow! Do not miss this gem!
Stayed at the Skirvin for only one night, but wish it had been more. There are very few like this one anywhere. A historic property that has been amazingly and painstakingly renovated. It has every modern convenience, yet retains its historic charm.
As a Hilton Honors member, I got upgraded to a "round" suite, and it was incredible. The half-moon shaped parlor was more than 30 feet across. The bath was large and well-appointed. The bed was great, and even the closet had an automatic light that came on when the door was opened.
The lobby was incredible, and the bar was overflowing. The hotel is convenient to Bricktown.
I am not a big fan of the gold and red decorating motif, but even that reflects the opulence of the age when this property was in its prime.
When in OKC, I will not stay anywhere else.
Loved the bedding
Stayed at the Skirvin May 4, 2007 for 39th wedding anniversary- surprised by how small the rooms were ( remember it was built 95 years ago) but everything was beautiful from the choice of furnishings, paint, drapes, crown molding, 32inch LCD flat-screen TV- the bed and pillows were outstanding- we indulged ourselves by sleeping 10 hrs straight! Be sure to explore the place- everything has been beautifully restored (opened again in Feb, 2007)- be sure to see the red piano bar and the 2-story long red drapes. The location is excellent- Bricktown is only a couple of blocks away- it is one block from Cox Convention Center and 2 blocks from Ford Center, both of which host a lot of sporting events and concerts.
The only disappointment was breakfast- had a wait to get a table and the food was only average- thankfully we had paid extra $5 per person for breakfast and didn't pay the menu prices which were $5-16 each.
Pool area must be original (in basement)- capacity of pool is 14! Hot tub capacity is 5.
Overall a wonderful evening to celebrate anniversary.
Excellent and beautiful!
Just wrapping up a four day stay at the Skirvin on business and I can't say enough about what a wonderful treat this has been in OKC. After reading the reviews - I was very encouraged. After arriving I was totally delighted.
The hotel has been redone to perfection. The lobby is restored to its former elegance. The rooms are huge and very comfortable. Travertine floors mixed with a small amount of carpet by the beds. Little touches like starch for ironing make all the difference for the biz traveler. Comfie beds and tons of pillows.
We ended each day with a trip to the lobby bar. It was always almost full. Service was excellent. Two nights they had music. Very relaxing.
Didn't eat lunch or dinner here but the breakfast choices are excellent. Former poster is correct in that they also provide excellent coffee and tea in the rooms.
What also made the trip enjoyable is the excellent service provided. From valet to room service to front desk - everyone seems to really enjoy working here - which makes a huge difference.
Location is also excellent. Two nights we took an easy stroll over to Bricktown [3 blocks]. Also an easy four block trip up to the OKC Memorial. Easy acccess to highways and a short drive to anywhere really you need to go in the metro area.
Honestly I would not consider staying anywhere else in OKC. This hotel is outstanding.
The Skirvin Hotel is t he fanciest hotel in Oklahoma City. It's like stepping back in time with todays moden touches. Guest room was filled wit beautiful art deco furnshingsand the 32in flat screen tv was great. Everyone was very friendly and very prompt and courteous they took well care of us and saw that are needs were met, Great place to relax and take in all OKC has to offer. Will stay there again. When going to OKC you must stay in this hotel a great value also with all it has to offer.
A Hidden Gem in the Heart of Sooner Country!
This was my first stay at the " newly " renovated Skirvin Hilton located in the heart of downtown OKC. My experience at this beautiful hotel far exceeded any positive reviews that I read about beforehand. It was obvious that Hilton managed to retain the appeal and character of a very old hotel while incorporating modern accents and polished pieces; i.e. chairs, drapings, pictures, and furniture. I will provide my comments via categories as I have found this to be helpful when reading reviews myself.
Rooms: Perhaps because I am Hilton Honors I was provided with some sort of an upgrade. Let's just say I was placed in a two room suite with two flat panel TV's with a sitting area, desk, huge windows with absolutely beautiful silk organza curtains. The bedroom was smaller with an extremely comfortable pillowtop bed and great big pillows. The bathroom was large with marble and travertine and there were two terry cloth bathrobes available for comfort.
Service: The best service that I have encountered in a long time while traveling away on business. Let's just say that I was craving an ice cream sundae at 9PM and contacted Room Service in which they informed me they did not offer sundaes. Within minutes I received a call back in my room stating that they would find some things in the kitchen and make it work. I was greeted ten minutes later with a wonderful ice cream sundae.
Location: This hotel is in a great location to most area attractions. Although I did not have time to visit, I was aware of Bricktown which is a three block radius with shops, restaurants, the minor league ballpark and a mini river walk with water taxi's within close proximity. The hotel also has a very informative concierge who is willing to share menus for the local restaurants and advice.
Food: I cannot speak for the main restaurant for dinner, since my meeting brought me to Mantel's Wine Bar and Grill- overpriced and subpar food. However, I did have several martinis in the Red Piano Lounge where there was a great assortment of flavored martini's and margaritas for the sipping. Complimentary cashews are provided as is a small tapas menu for sharing. They had an acoustic guitarist playing until 8pm at which the piano player took over for the remainder of the evening. I happened to catch breakfast in the main hotel restaurant and found it to be quite varied with options: Eggs Benedict, Granola Pancakes, Oatmeal, Great Omeletts with unique cheeses and meats and of course, all fresh squeezed juice. If you have time, make the coffee in your room, as it is LAVAAZA Brand from Italy and quite delicous.
This hotel is a hidden gem in the heart of Sooner Country! I am sure the price will skyrocket as the demand increases over time.
Enjoy it while you can.
Wow, maybe the nicest hotel in OKC
They did a wonderful job renovating the Skirvin, and from the looks, spared no expense. It's definitely one, if not the #1, nicest hotels in downtown Oklahoma City. The rooms were fabulous, the bed was awesome (all down comforter and pillows), every room has a 32" LCD TV (suites have 40"+ plasma), breakfast in the restaurant was very good and the service all over the hotel was excellent. I would highly recommend them to anyone. We went from floor to floor just looking at the old photographs in the hallways. The 14th floor and the conference rooms look gorgeous, I have an event in April i'm anxiously awaiting to get to attend that will be in both areas.
Now the down sides. It's very pricey. But it goes back to the old saying, you get what you pay for. It's definitely the nicest hotel in OKC but unless your into decadence, it's overpriced really.
My shower did not work properly, the lever to turn off/on the shower was not functioning and remained only on (which meant you get a cold awakening thinking you can adjust the water temp. before turning it on) a minor inconvenience.
Our rate included breakfast in the morning and the check-in staff did not give us our vouchers, I only had to go back and ask for them and they were issued immediately with an apology, also just a minor inconvenience. Breakfast was very very good, but in looking at the prices of the menu, if it was not included on my room rate, I would have thought definitely overpriced for what we received.
The bar was very relaxing and the staff was very intune with the crowd. There was a live piano player that night (friday) and he was very good, mostly played only customer requests.
Note: Valet parking is included on your room bill (not sure if it was an extra charge) and is well worth whatever it was to not park overnight on the street.
Very pleasant stay. Highly recommended.
Stayed for one night at the end of March, 2007 and was very pleased. Although the price would be considered on the high end by Oklahoma City standards, it is reasonable when compared to most upscale urban hotels in other cities.
We had dinner at the restaurant in the hotel and I would rate our meals as excellent. Since the main dining room was full, we sat in the bar area, but had access to the full menu. I usually prefer eating in the bar area anyway as the service is sometimes quicker. We had outstanding service from our bartender.
We requsted room service breakfast delivered fairly early and it came on schedule and was correct.
The hotel has an indoor pool, which suprised me for an older building, but it is very small and only takes two or three people to fill it up. It's good for kids to play in, but don't expect to swim any laps. The workout area next to the pool is pretty nice however.
Everything in the hotel was new and spotless as it had only been open a month or so. I love staying in an old hotel that has all new furnishings.
Second Verse, Same As The First
We spent one great night at the Skirvin Hilton while attending an Eric Clapton concert. I can remember this hotel from the late 1970's when we called it the "Skirvy". It is far from that today.
This is a grand old hotel built in 1911 but it slowly declined and was eventually closed in 1988. It has been wonderfully restored and resurrected as part of Oklahoma City's downtown restoration project.
The staff was friendly, food and bar service top notch, location great (within walking distance of museums, Bricktown, sports & concert venues, the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial, and all downtown businesses) and driving access was very easy.
The rooms are well appointed and relatively roomy considering the age of the building. There were thoughtful amenities provided such as umbrellas, bath robes, and large screen flat panel HD televisions.
Probably the only reason I would not provide a higher review is that I am pretty tough when assigning grades.
If you are staying in downtown OKC, treat yourself to this experience. It is a bit like stepping back in time to a more elegant era of travel and accommodation.
First Review of the Skirvin
Let's say I am proud to be the first to review the newly opened renovated Skirvin Hilton.
Ill begin with the hotel is beautiful from the outside and much nicer when you step in the lobby. My understanding is that the entire lobby was kept original from the days when the Skirvin Hotel was the premier hotel in the Midwest.
The check in process was smooth, and the bell service was excellent through out the week, well above average attentiveness.
The rooms a perfect balance of class, luxury and function. They were generously sized, with a very nice bathroom, and had ample room at the desk to work. The bed was very comfortable room also had a large LCD tv which was a nice feature.
The Park Ave Grill has morning breakfast but its ala carte which is unusual, and if you like to have a big plate of fruit or 3 lbs of bacon for one price, its not an option.
Probably the best feature of the hotel was the lobby bar. I was in town during the Big 12 basketball tournament and maybe it was because of an influx of people due to that event but the lobby bar was always crowded and people were all over having a good time. I find this to be a nice feature in a hotel as business traveller; it definitely helps you escape for the day, even if you don't join in.
Over all the Skirvin Hilton was very nice. There were a few service issues but I attributed that to the fact that they were open for about 29 minutes when I showed up. I definitely recommend
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