21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City
What We Love
- An artistic stay at a contemporary museum in a redesigned Model T Ford plant, with a suite optionThe thought-provoking artwork hanging or standing throughout the property
- The brand-new hotel itself, located in a former Model T Ford assembly plant
- The location in Oklahoma City, with an intriguing arts scene all its own
What To Know
- The hotel just opened June 12, but since it joins a host of other 21c Museum Hotel properties, it shouldn't have any trouble finding its footing
- Dine on new American cuisine by executive chef Jason Campbell at on-site Mary Eddy's Kitchen
- Free WiFi
- Pets up to 50 pounds are accepted (though there is a one-time per-stay cleaning fee of $150 tacked on to your reservation)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City has refined hospitality to an art – or rather, lots of it. A perfect addition to its city, which houses several museums and a ballet company, this brand-new stay is both a boutique hotel and a contemporary gallery. Contemporary artworks appoint rooms and common spaces, and they’re as intriguing as what you’ll find in cities like Louisville and Cincinnati, whose 21c hotels have fast become TripAdvisor and Condé Nast Traveler favorites.
The collection is curated by a seasoned art-world pro, but it got its sharp redesign by high-profile Deborah Berke Partners. Before that, it was a Ford Motor Company Model T assembly plant. Swing by Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge, head to the spa, and observe the ways that this four-story brick building, dating back a century, has received a sleek 21c update. Then, realize that you’re not just looking at works of art, but you’re in one.
The 135 accommodations are appointed with artworks of their own and feature large windows that allow for an elegant play of light and shadow. State-of-the-art touches include a Nespresso coffee machine, MALIN+GOETZ bath amenities and a 43-in. HDTV. Deluxe rooms offer your choice of one king or two queen beds, while the spacious Luxury Loft 1.5 Bedroom suites, which range from 850 to 920 square feet, all hold a king bed, in addition to a separate living area.
Visit Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge for a stylish indoor or outdoor culinary experience, with a regional twist. Like the hotel, this eatery is brand-new, and it’s sure to bring in quite a bit of buzz of its own.
The hotel is home to a lovely spa, perfect for winding down at the end of an art-filled day. You can also tend to health needs with a stop at the fitness center.
Oklahoma City is not just a capital of the state’s government, but also the state’s culture, housing various art venues and hosting an annual arts festival and even a ballet company. Be sure to complement your experience viewing the hotel’s works with a trip to the Oklahoma City and Fred Jones Jr. museums of art, and complement your visit to those with others to different types of museums – there are quite a few here, covering topics from cowboys to firefighters to osteology (that’s the study of skeletons). A visit to historic and western-inspired Stockyards City is also in order, as is a trip to the happening Bricktown neighborhood.
How to Get There
We were upgraded to a suite. We arrived just after sunset; the light coming in through the sheer curtains across the enormous windows taking up two walls of the large corner room was spectacular. The living room and bedroom were spacious, in three dimensions, with 14-foot ceilings. The bathroom had a lovely tub and shower arrangement and included thick terry cloth robes and a yellow rubber ducky for the tub.
The view out the windows probably used to be stunning. Now it is high-rise construction in every direction we could see. It's a shame, but one day soon, the only view out these amazing windows will be into the windows and balconies of adjacent apartments and hotels.
We loved the art that permeates the entire facility, from the landscaping to the ground floor museum, to the art that decorates the walls in the elevator hallways on the upper floors.
It was a Friday night, and the entire place was abuzz with people. Mary Eddy's was too loud for us. There are all kinds of hard surfaces in the former car assembly factory. The echoes of many voices was almost painful in places. We did enjoy people-watching, though. The clientele is like a living component of the modern art.
This hotel is in the perfect location for attending a concert at The Jones Assembly. The room service was delicious and the museum we were able to visit at 3:00am was super fun. The only negative is they under staff their bar and restaurant. We couldn't even get a drink at the bar and we waiting for 20+ minutes, they only had one bartender. Same for the restaurant for breakfast. There was only a few people in the entire restaurant and one server. The server had a bad attitude, and she spilled water on our table, and in my purse more than once, because she was acting so rushed.
If you love art, this hotel is for you. The art in the museum and on the guest floors was great. Additionally, the king bed room was spacious, welcoming and had a VERY comfortable bed. There is NO real outside view but that is okay given all the wonderful inside experiences. Only downside, is this is MUCH more pricey than most of the other hotels downtown, so it is not cost effective if coming regularly for business. I had one poor customer service experience, otherwise the staff was fantastic.
A 4 STAR hotel with a world class art collection, Euro chic rooms, top notch restaurant, fabulous food and drinks. The hotel is the best kept secret in OK City. The hotel is only 9 blocks from convention center, easy 15 minute walk.
This place is quite unique, which will be a thrill to some, a turn-off to others. I will be as specific as possible, so that you can see if it appeals to the type of traveler/hotel-junkie you might be!
First, my wife and I got a room here, thanks to a nice discount from another web-based travel site. Since it was her birthday weekend, we decided to try it for a night (we live in OKC area). We may be a bit unique, but we don't like to spend a lot on extras, like room-service and hotel restaurants, but if we did, this place would have had even more pros.
We also like to hole-up for the weekend on such occasions, enjoying not only our room, but the lobby, as well.
Here are the pros and cons:
-Rooms are unique, bright (though room-darkening curtains are in place, if nec), and attractive, especially the high ceilings and windows! (we stayed in a king room; not a suite, by the way. Would love to see what suites are like).
Location is quiet.
-Shower was huge and relaxing. Loved the soaps, conditioners and lotions, esp. the peppermint shampoo (I kept asking my wife to smell my hair after the shower).
-The hallways are like nothing you've seen in a hotel (esp. since this was built in an old, historic OKC building). Lots of space in all directions. There is also modern art in each hall, just like the lobby (more on that later).
-There is a nice restaurant and bar onsite, if you don't mind paying hotel prices (room service is also available. We did not use it, but the selection was great).
-Staff was friendly and helpful.
-Hotel offers a free shuttle to get you around downtown, which is helpful because of the location (see below).
-There is a "treat bar" in the room, but be careful! Treats and beverages in it sit on sensors. Even if you just remove something out of curiosity (in our case, the "Couples Pack"), you can be charged (Hats off to the staff, though! I didn't know about the sensor-thing, until my wife told me after the fact. Front desk took the charge away, when I told them I put the item back).
-Location: It's a bit west of the main downtown area, though close to "Film Row," a small collection of shops and restaurants, but nothing like Bricktown. There's construction in almost all directions--looks to be condos. When all that construction is completed, it will be a little better, though restaurants within walking distance are scant. If you'd like to eat outside the hotel, you'll have to walk 2-4 blocks. We walked over to Joey's Pizzeria (four blocks), which was GREAT food! The Chicken Alfredo was some of the best I've had, but I digress.
-Parking is a hassle, but not a deal-breaker. There are only 4-5 spaces in the street, right in front of the main entrance. Rarely did we see an open space. So if you want to pull up and walk in, it's more of a hassle than your ordinary hotel.
There is a parking garage behind the hotel, which is only $5. The hotel does not have a back-door shortcut, though, so you have to walk around the block after parking. The hotel DOES offer valet parking, but we didn't want to foot the bill for that.
-Though the lobby is an art museum, it's not more than that. This is probably just a preference, but my wife and I sometimes enjoy hanging out on a chair or sofa in the lobby and reading a book, playing on ipads, etc. There's no place to do that, except for the restaurant and bar.
(BTW: if you're not into the arts, the lobby is unique, but probably won't take more than a few minutes to peruse. A few of the displays were a bit on the risque' side too (not much, but not real kid-friendly).
-The location is the old Fred Jones manufacturing building. I wish I had seen more of a history of that on display somewhere. I hear it has an interesting history.
Recommendation if you live in OKC and are thinking of staying there: Tour the first-floor museum sometime when you've got a free night. Check out your options for eating, having a good time within walking distance. If you're good with all of that, you will probably LOVE staying here!