Executives of Omni broke ground alongside Oklahoma City officials.
Omni Hotels and Resorts announced on Oct. 1 the start of construction on the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, a 605-guest room convention center hotel set to open in early 2021.
Executives of Omni broke ground alongside Mayor David Holt, Cathy O'Connor, president and CEO of The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, and Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The 17-story hotel located at 100 West Oklahoma City Blvd. will serve the city's revitalized downtown area including the future convention center, Scissortail Park and Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
“Oklahoma City has been incredibly welcoming to our Omni family. The revitalization surrounding this hotel is unprecedented, and we are honored to be a partner in the future of Oklahoma City,” said Peter Strebel, president of Omni Hotels and Resorts. “As a recognized leader in the convention center hotel market, we are redefining and reimagining the traditional headquarters hotel in exciting markets of growth and change across the country and Oklahoma City is leading the way for progressive downtown redevelopment.”
Omni will develop the hotel in collaboration with a team of seasoned hospitality professionals, including Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio (architect), Brasfield and Gorrie (general contractor) and Bill Rooney Studio (interior design).
The hotel will feature 605 luxurious guest rooms, inclusive of 29 suites, with dramatic views of the 70-acre Scissortail Park and the downtown skyline. A true outdoor recreation, entertainment and culinary destination, Omni Oklahoma City Hotel will offer seven dining outlets, an expansive pool deck with event space, retail, 78,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space and a Mokara Spa.
“We are very excited for construction to begin on the hotel,” said O'Connor. “It will be one of the focal points of nearly $1 billion in public and private development at or near the intersection of the new Oklahoma City Boulevard and Robinson Avenue.”
The hotel is a $241 million investment and part of a public-private partnership with the city. Construction on the Oklahoma City Convention Center broke ground in June and is scheduled to open in 2020. Conference attendees and locals alike will enjoy Scissortail Park, also currently under construction. In addition to expansive greenspace, the park's design plans call for a café, sports facilities, a tranquil lake, nature trails and more. And basketball fans will have a new go-to hotel, conveniently located across the street from the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Taking cues from Oklahoma's dramatic prairie landscapes, design characteristics include a sky-blue color palette, abstract wheat patterns in corridors and chevron patterns inspired by Scissortail Park. Select guest rooms were designed with professional basketball teams and players in mind and feature larger door frames, taller ceilings and shower heads and longer beds.
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel will offer seven culinary outlets, with several restaurants lining Robinson Avenue with outdoor patio seating and street entrances. Dining experiences will include a Bob's Steak and Chop House; lobby bar; sports bar; all-day dining outlet with to-go offerings; coffee shop; walk-up burger bar; and a poolside bar and grill.
Situated between the new convention center and Chesapeake Energy Arena, Omni Oklahoma City Hotel will be a nationwide destination for meetings and events. All 78,000 sq. ft. of meeting space will be located on the second floor, with the exception of an outdoor event lawn on the third floor.
Complementing the local area's many attractions and activities, Omni Oklahoma City Hotel will be home to a Mokara Spa offering wellness experiences and salon services, a retail shop featuring leather goods and an elevated rooftop pool with a bar and grill.
“Omni Hotels and Resorts was selected for this public-private partnership because of its commitment to quality, strength of brand and desire for the design of each of its hotels to reflect the unique local culture and story of the city,” said O'Connor.
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel will become a part of Omni's growing Convention Center Collection, which features signature properties in Atlanta, Louisville, Dallas, Nashville and Boston (opening in 2021).
For more information, call 1-800-The-Omni or visit omnihotels.com/destinations/coming-soon.