A very different Springhill Suites Hotel is being pitched by developer Atul Patel in Bricktown after an earlier effort to build the hotel in Deep Deuce was opposed by area residents.
The hotel is set to be built this fall, just as another developer is starting construction on a Staybridge Suites in Bricktown. At least two other hotels are planned in Bricktown, while Patel is looking at developing a boutique hotel on his property in Deep Deuce.
Plans for the 126-room, five-story Springhill Suites are set to be presented for approval at the Wednesday meeting of the Bricktown Urban Design Committee. The plans show the building’s facade will consist of four stories of brick and one story of stucco finish, similar to the nearby Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn.
The hotel also will include a bar, breakfast dining area, fitness center, pool and conference rooms. The previous Deep Deuce proposal was for a six-story, 115-room hotel at NE 1 and Central Avenue with far fewer amenities and a facade that included far more stucco with a blue-and-gold color scheme that was rejected by area residents.
The investment on the new Springhill Suites is about $15 million, millions more than the previous Deep Deuce proposal.
“We adapted, changed, we worked with the Bricktown planners, and we got to this design,” Patel said Monday. “Once we get this going and moving down the road, the people in Deep Deuce told us they wanted more of a boutique hotel, so that’s what we will start working on next. We will give them something that they will be happy with.”
Patel has a third property, immediately east of the current proposed Springhill Suites hotel, where he plans to build a third hotel.
That plan, however, is not solid. Patel is watching what proceeds with other hotel developments. A Holiday Inn Express is nearing completion at Main Street and Oklahoma Avenue. A Hyatt Place is planned for the northeast corner of Sheridan Avenue and Joe Carter Avenue as part of the Steel Yard development.
If all of the developments come to fruition, Bricktown will boast nine hotels with a room count topping 1,400. Deep Deuce, immediately to the north, already has an Aloft Hotel which opened earlier this year.
“We will want to make sure the market can take that many hotels,” Patel said. “And I’m sure the way the Bricktown market is performing, there will be need for a third one.”