The opening may be a year late, but after admittedly developing his most ambitious hotel to date, Jim Thompson is preparing for a successful launch of the Aloft Hotel in Deep Deuce this week.
The $18 million, seven-story, 134-room hotel is set for a “soft opening” Wednesday with grand opening celebrations scheduled May 16. Guests will discover a hotel unlike any other in Oklahoma City.
The interior is as contemporary and modern as the outside facade. The floors are exposed concrete. The ceiling and ductwork are exposed in several areas as well. A ticker provides guests with business, sports and entertainment headlines. Card games and distractions (even a miniature Simon game) can be found throughout the lobby. A rotating art exhibit is on display behind the pool table.
An outdoor pool, large video board and fireplace provide even more distractions for guests who might spend time visiting in the lobby’s seating area.
The Aloft is at the corner of Walnut Avenue and NE 2 where Deep Deuce and Bricktown connect, where a two-story medical office stood for almost a half century. The hotel has an imposing presence that hovers over the Bricktown skyline.
“I looked at this location and I felt that we have the entrance into Bricktown and we needed to add a lot more than a standard Aloft has,” Thompson said. “I wanted to give this spot everything we could, everything it deserved.”
Thompson, who has a masters degree in architecture, did much of the personalizing himself, starting with the conceptual design he created before final architectural blueprints were created by TAP Architecture.
It was also Thompson who sought to tweak the standard Aloft design by adding 8,000 square feet of meeting space on the top floor (and 15,000 square feet of meeting space throughout the hotel) while other Aloft hotels usually have just a token 500-square-foot meeting room. Thompson also added a series of executive suites named “Savvy” and “Ultra Savvy” suites that are furnished with sleeper sofas and jacuzzis.
“It’s a very European style of room — it’s very efficient,” Thompson said.
Thompson’s most dramatic addition might be the two-story “Celebrity Suite,” which at 1,900 square feet is as big as an average suburban home. The suite comes with an attached room for bodyguards.
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