Beautiful Surroundings but not Blown Away A review of The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
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.
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