Construction is starting up on a $25 million Embassy Suites at the Oklahoma Health Center — a development first proposed in 2008.
Developers Bob Howard, Mickey Clagg and Chris Fleming teamed up with the Presbyterian Health Foundation and University Hospitals Trust to develop the six-story, full-service hotel, which will include 194 guest rooms, 7,000-square-feet of meeting space, and a Brickstones Restaurant and Bar.
The property, at NE 8 and Phillips Avenue, is at the south end of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and adjacent to the soon-to-open OK Kids Korral, a lodge for pediatric cancer patients and their families being built by the Toby Keith Foundation.
“The convenient location of our hotel can serve the needs of patients, families, physicians and visitors of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma State Capitol Complex and the Central Business District,” Howard said.
Michael Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Thursday that he's “delighted” to see the hotel finally under construction. The project was put on hold when the national economy crashed in 2009.
“The health sciences center and Capitol area has been one of the areas of the city most underserved by the hotel market in regard to hotels that patrons can stay and walk to their destinations,” Carrier said. “The medical community as a whole generates a fair amount of meeting traffic, so having a full-service hotel that serves needs of travelers and the medical meetings community certainly will benefit Oklahoma City.”
The hotel will feature all of the signature amenities standard at any Embassy Suites, including free cooked-to-order breakfasts each morning, a two-hour complimentary evening reception, two-room suites with a separate living area and private bedroom, two flat-screen televisions and a wet bar equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge.
The new hotel will feature Embassy Suites' “Design Option III” style, which decreases the amount of land needed and offers flexible design through side-by-side suites, shotgun suites and one-room suites, in addition to a contemporary atrium lobby.
The project manager is Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts, which manages 50 hotels and also will operate the hotel when it opens in fall, 2014.
“Prism Hotels & Resorts has a long history with the Hilton brand and we look forward to adding Embassy Suites to our existing portfolio,” said Steve Van, president of Prism Hotels & Resorts. “We are thrilled with the partnership we have with the owners and look forward to being a part of the local community.”
The convenient location of our hotel can serve the needs of patients, families, physicians and visitors of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma State Capitol Complex and the Central Business District.”