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$4.3 Million Renovation Plans Underway at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City

A $4.3 million renovation project is underway at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo provided.
A $4.3 million renovation project is underway at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

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A $4.3 million renovation project is underway at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The announcement came in a press release from Marcus Hotels & Resorts of Milwaukee, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS) and Skirvin Partners in Development – owners of the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

The extensive renovation project at the AAA Four-Diamond luxury property includes all 225 guestrooms and public spaces, including rotunda suites and the presidential suite, guestroom corridors and the lobby area. According to the release, “Guests can expect to see fresh, elegant designs and décor throughout the public spaces, including beautiful marble flooring in the style and design reminiscent of the 1900s era.”

Renovations to the popular Red Piano Lounge were recently completed and complement the bar’s style of “laid-back luxury,” in the words of the release.

Enhancements include updated flooring, tables, seating and a new red piano. Renovations to the Skirvin’s lobby are nearing completion and focus on the addition of natural light for added attention to the property’s historic architecture.

Lobby flooring has also been replaced with beautiful granite and marble to reflect the hotel’s original design intent. All remaining improvements will be completed in September.

“The new Skirvin lobby wall coverings reflect the original gothic design intent of developer Bill Skirvin when the hotel originally opened in 1911,” according to John Weeman, principal of Skirvin Partners in Development.

“The renovations will enhance the guest experience at the Skirvin Hilton, while maintaining the historic significance of the hotel. We are careful to pay attention to the historic nature and beauty of the hotel, as well as meeting the demands of today’s travelers. The Skirvin Hilton Hotel continues to serve as an important part of the city’s past and future,” said Joseph Khairallah, chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

In 2007, Marcus Hotels & Resorts and Skirvin Partners in Development, completed a $55 million renovation and restoration of the historic landmark hotel, aiming to return the property “to its former glory as the social center of Oklahoma City. Leveraging its over 50 years of experience in restoring landmark hotels, Marcus Hotels & Resorts carefully retained the property’s historic details throughout the renovation and also introduced successful food and beverage concepts including the Park Avenue Grill and Red Piano Lounge,” the owners said in the early August release.

“Since re-opening in 2007, the Skirvin Hilton Hotel has been a tremendous asset to the city and assisted in the growth and revitalization of the downtown. Through the addition of unique programs such as the Artist-in-Residence program that supports our local arts organizations and hosting many of the city’s galas, weddings and premier events, the Skirvin Hilton continues to play a vital role in the community. We look forward to further enhancing the guest experience through the current renovations,” said Gerald Rappaport, general manager.

The historic Skirvin Hilton Hotel is recently earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the sixth consecutive year. More information on the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts can be viewed at

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts: Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation  (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 18 hotels, resorts and other properties in the United States. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning, including hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group.

The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands.

About The Skirvin Hilton Hotel: The Skirvin Hilton Hotel originally opened in 1911 and has been synonymous with elegance and innovation for the past five generations, hosting oil barons, dignitaries, movie stars, political leaders and presidents ever since. Guests from around the globe have traveled through the downtown Skirvin Hilton Hotel to experience its unique sophistication and timelessness. The reopening event in 2007 was designated as an official Oklahoma Centennial event and since the renovation, the hotel has earned a AAA Four Diamond rating every year and received the Mayor’s Development Award for best downtown development.

The hotel features 225 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 20 one-bedroom suites, one presidential suite and 18,500 square feet of premier meeting and pre-function space. The Skirvin Hilton was recognized as one of the Best Hotels in the USA by U.S. News & World Report, finishing as the #1 Hotel in Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma. The hotel remains on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is located at One Park Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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