The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City
What We Love
- 24-hour room service
- The hotel’s guest list includes U.S. presidents such as Harry S. Truman, whose assistant and society hostess, Pearl Mesta, grew up in the hotel
- Signature cocktails at the Red Piano Bar pay homage to the hotel’s 1911 roots
What To Know
- Valet parking is available for $26 per day
- Pets are welcome for a $50 fee; there is a 75-pound weight limit
- Check-out is at 12 p.m.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City is a 14-story, historic hotel in the heart of downtown with a brick and mortar exterior that was refinished to look as ravishing as it did when it first opened in 1911. After nearly 20 years of abandonment, the property underwent a $55 million revamp in 2007 that left the 225 rooms with beige- and cream-colored interiors, playfully printed furnishings and spacious seating areas with flat-screen TVs. Displayed throughout the hotel are works by the artist in residence, Romy Owens, a local mosaicist rooted in the Paseo Arts District. The Park Avenue Grill specializes in Southern classics such as chicken pot pie and calf’s liver and onions. Live jazz is offered five nights a week at the Red Piano Bar, where signature cocktails include the red piano cosmo (belvedere orange, gran marnier, créme de cassis and cranberry). And for recreation, there’s an indoor heated pool as well as a fitness center.
In the Area
Oklahoma City is much more than just a solitary town located in the “dead center of nowhere,” but for what it’s worth, its eccentric locals embrace the tagline with a sense of humor. Join them for regional and international films at the annual deadCENTER Film Fest or explore the city’s art scene by stopping to see the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Then, tap into Oklahoma’s western roots with a walk through the “Faces of Bettina Steinke,” a display of more than 60 years of work by the renowned portraitist, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. And at the Oklahoma Native Art and Jewelry, intricately designed pottery pieces are as ornate as the silver animal jewelry. For entertainment and suds, kick back to live jazz and blues at the music venue Bricktown, down on the banks of the Oklahoma River, or two-step while sipping cheap brews at Club Rodeo. When hunger strikes, make a beeline to Cattleman’s Steakhouse for soul food and Route 66 classic Ann’s Chicken Fry House (4106 NW 39th St.) for the chicken fried steak or okra and cream gravy.
How to Get There
On a recent business trip to Dallas Ft Worth I decided to get away with a 2 day visit to Oklahoma City.
The drive was 3 hours,, relatively easy with some interesting scenic views.
I stayed at the Skriven Hilton in downtown OKC and it was outstanding - friendly staff, a small yet well furnished room, great food, and easy parking in nearby garages and on the street - it was the weekend.
I visited the national memorial and museum - something every American should do. I was particularly moved by the memorabilia families left to represent their loved ones.
I then went to an OKC Dodgers game in Bricktown which I enjoyed much.
The many statues of players such as Mickey Mantle and Bobby Mercer added to the stadium’s atmosphere.
I ate at Bricktopia (across the street from the Stadium) had Fish and Chips an a beer for approximately $15 - good food at a good price. While eating I enjoyed watching people play miniature golf and others taking boat ride on a canal running next to the stadium.
Thus, if visiting DFW on a business trip and want Ming a short easy break consider OKC - stay at the Skriven and take inall that Bricktown has to offer - you won’t be disappointed.
The Skirvin is in a good location downtown, but is in need of updating.
The staff is very helpful, but the rooms and mechanical systems need work. I would not plan on staying at this Hilton facility again.
Luxurious historic hotel with modern amenities. Beds are so soft. Located downtown, walking distance to convention centers and activities. The piano bar in the lobby is very fun. Pool, hot tub, and small gym in the basement.
My wife and I stayed at the Skirvin for a weekend in June 2018. This was the third straight year we stayed here for my wife's family reunion. This is a very elegantly decorated hotel from the lobby to the rooms. The staff was very welcoming at the front desk. The rooms (and this includes our rooms from the previous two visits too) were nicely remodeled. Climate control in the rooms was good, and the beds were comfortable. And the breakfast buffet was outstanding with many options including an omelette chef. Hilton has done a great job managing this historical treasure. This is a special hotel and worthy of a visit.
We had a wonderful experience at The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City. The staff made us feel welcome and the hotel is absolutely beautiful! We enjoyed our lovely room, with comfortable beds! The food was outstanding, we didn't want to leave!