Ode to Oklahoma

Omni Hotels & Resorts has opened Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, a 605-guestroom convention center hotel in the heart of Oklahoma City. The 17-story hotel will serve the city’s revitalized downtown area including the convention center, Scissortail Park and Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

Omni Oklahoma City Hotel marks the brand’s expansion into Oklahoma. The property consists of 76,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting, event and pre-function space and sits caddy-corner to a streetcar stop, placing the hotel right within the bustling community of downtown.

“The local culture of Oklahoma greatly influenced the design of the hotel,” said Laura McKoy, VP of interior design at Omni Hotels & Resorts.

The hotel’s design features elements that draw inspiration from the surrounding pastoral landscape of the Oklahoman terrain including layers of the earth and sky. Paying homage to the state and weaving in rustic, earthy tones that represent the prairie land and sunset, the property’s common areas, guestrooms, ballrooms and spa also embrace textured walls and components of wood, metal and chevron patterns that pay homage to the local industry; Oklahoma’s state bird, the Scissor-tailed flycatcher; and the economy of the city and its surroundings.

For example, a herringbone pattern referencing the Scissor-tailed flycatcher can be seen in the pattern of the guestroom carpet and on the walls of the corridor and Mokara Spa pulls inspiration from the state’s precious commodity—cotton.

“Upon entering, guests will feel at peace with a calm and tranquil surrounding,” McKoy noted. “Finishes have been carefully selected to maintain a simplistic and fresh aesthetic. Accents throughout the space are subtle yet detailed, including custom cotton weaved wall art and white marble chevron patterning. Bringing the outdoors in, meeting space is designed with neutral palettes such as herringbone and burlap while the aesthetic evokes the earth and sky. The lobby stone and ballroom carpet are inspired by the layers of earth in Oklahoma.”

The guestrooms feature regional influences and dramatic views of Scissortail Park and the downtown skyline. The hotel’s top 17th floor was designed to cater specifically to professional basketball players featuring California King beds, larger door frames and taller ceilings and showerheads.

Additionally, pieces from local artists and photographers can be found throughout the hotel, including work from Amanda Weathers, Denise Duong and Eric Bloemers.

“Our hope is that the overall design of the hotel makes guests feel comfortable and welcome as soon as they walk in the door,” she said. “While part of the design elements are more contemporary, there is also a feeling of warmth, comfort and approachability. Local color and personalized service is a priority across all Omni properties, and we hope that will leave a lasting impression with every guest.”