DoubleTree to Undergo Renovations

The DoubleTree Hotel Tulsa Downtown, part of the Hilton family, is getting a new look this summer.
Renovations on the hotel, at 616 W. Seventh St., are slated to begin in July, with a completion date set for January 2010.
Kecia Holloway, director of sales and marketing, said renovation of the 417-room, 13-suite hotel was being scheduled aggressively in order for the completion date to coincide with the completion of the newly-expanded Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center, the scheduled date of which will be first quarter 2010.
While there are no specific numbers yet, the renovations will most likely carry a price tag upward of $10 million, Holloway said.
“We’re looking at a multi-million dollar renovation,” she said. “All of the rooms are going to be gutted down to the drywall and completely redone.”
Holloway said the rooms’ new look will be part of a new room package being offered by Hilton and that the downtown DoubleTree will be the first hotel nationwide to undergo the remodel.
“All of the king-sized rooms will have stand-up showers instead of baths,” she said, as will half of the double rooms. New flat panel televisions will be installed in all the rooms, as will new decor, lighting and linens.
“It’s going to be a more streamlined, modern look,” Holloway said. “So instead of an armoire with a television set in it, there will be a desk and a wall-mounted flat screen. But the color pallet and lighting will also create a more homey feel geared toward business travelers.”
Other amenities geared toward business travelers will include upgraded Internet services employing StayConnect by Hilton, brand new PreCore fitness equipment in the remodeled fitness center and a remodeled front desk and business center, Holloway said.
“The restaurant and bar areas will get entirely new concepts as well,” she said, though they will remain services provided by Hilton, rather than outsourced providers.
Holloway said construction would take place in a manner which will allow the hotel to remain open throughout the process.
“We are going to take out 90 rooms at a time,” she said. “Basically, there will be three floors out of service, one that is actually under construction, and then buffer floors above and below to reduce noise levels. The dining space and bar will remain open as well, though they may be moved to different areas of the hotel.”
Holloway said though plans are not yet finalized, Jim Looney and Associates of Dallas will handle the design. A contractor has yet to be named.

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