Downtown's hotel room count continues to climb — this time with the planned addition of a 196-room Embassy Suites hotel in the Oklahoma Health Center.
The eight-story hotel is being developed by Bob Howard, Mickey Clagg and Robert Slater and will be built at NE 8 and Phillips. The site, once home to the Bradford Commons, a Section 8 low-income housing complex, is controlled by the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority. It is near the OU Medical Center, the Presbyterian Health Foundation and Bricktown.
"What's very encouraging is that it's a full service hotel,” Urban Renewal Commissioner Russell Perry said. "We're seeing a whole lot of hotels being built in Oklahoma City, but not full service.”
What do the plans look like?
Paul Lague, president of Memphis-based LWL Architects, presented conceptual plans to the board. The plans showed limestone on the first floor and a mix of brick and synthetic stucco on the upper floors. Larger window openings are included on the top floor, which he said will be a concierge level with specialty services.
Other features include a four-story glass atrium at the entrance facing Phillips Avenue. He said the design won't include the square top-to-bottom atrium found in traditional Embassy Suites hotels.
More than 16,000 square feet of multifunction banquet and pre-function space will be on the west side of the property with its own entrance and parking separated from spaces that will be used by guests on the east side.
Slater said the hotel will offer everything associated with being full-service, including a restaurant, lounge, deli/market and ballroom.