Staying and Playing in Oklahoma City
While planning our Thanksgiving weekend in Oklahoma City, we found a lot of choices when deciding where to stay. We lucked into 5 free tickets to the NBA Thunder vs. Brooklyn game for Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve. Once again, letting family and friends know we’d gladly take tickets they couldn’t use, paid off. We’d been to an NFL game in Kansas City just weeks earlier by utilizing our family and friends network. Anywho, since the Thunder plays downtown at the Chesapeake Arena, we wanted to be close enough to walk to the game.
Close to the arena, Oklahoma City has downtown, midtown and bricktown neighborhoods. The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is a solid downtown option, and that’s where the NBA teams stay when they come to town. It’s a historic hotel with a lot of history, and a hip piano bar in the lobby. However, superstitious people might want to stay away. Rumors swirl about a haunted floor and a resident ghost. Apparently even NBA players have commented on it. If you are interested in a boutique hotel downtown without the kids, look no further than The Colcord. It’s great location to the botanical gardens and amazing restaurants make it a great place for couples.
In an effort to maintain SPG Gold status, we opted for the Aloft in Bricktown. Oklahoma City’s bricktown area is just on the other side of the elevated railroad tracks from downtown. Originally an old warehouse district, it now teems with hotels, restaurants, retail, and even a riverwalk with canal boats. The Aloft hotel is only a few years old, modern, minimal and clean. It felt like the room was furnished with high end IKEA furniture, but I liked it. My boys enjoyed the lobby pool table, and battled on their chess and checker boards too.
That being said, I don’t think we’d stay there again. The lobby was partially open to a 2-story bar that probably would have been too crazy for families if we’d stayed on a weekend. We kind of lucked out since we checked in on a Tuesday and business travelers weren’t as prevalant because of the holiday. Also, the Aloft is on the absolute north end of Bricktown, which made for a long walk to the arena for the game. Although the rooftop access and views of the city on the 6th floor would make a great place to enjoy a bottle of wine if we were traveling without kids. In the heart of bricktown, there is a Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn. With free breakfast and a room to spread out, those hotels might be the perfect choice for families.
Oklahoma City was one of a handful of US cities that made the National Geographic places to visit in 2015. It’s easy to see why after spending time in these exciting areas of the city. Over the next few posts I’ll recommend fun things to do and great places to eat in Oklahoma City. Stay Tuned!!