Hammons debuts Embassy Suites Norman

John Q. Hammons’ fourth completed hotel this year, the 10-story, 283-suite Embassy Suites Norman – Hotel & Conference Center, debuted last week at 2501 Conference Drive in Norman, Okla., with $3 million in pre-opening sales.
The luxury hotel and adjacent conference center are owned by Hammons and managed by Springfield, Mo.-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, an independent builder, developer, owner and manager of upscale, full-service hotels, resorts and suites.
Embassy Suites Norman isn’t just for catching a little shut-eye. The hotel facilities and adjacent conference center represent 80,000 SF of combined, flexible meeting space that can accommodate groups with as many as 2,900 guests.
General Manager Jim Rickards said Norman was chosen as the location for the project due in part to its close proximity to Oklahoma City.
“Being located just south of Oklahoma City is a major advantage,” Rickards said. “The businesses there have all been experiencing tremendous growth and success, and it is clear that market is moving south.”
He also said the University of Oklahoma played a key role in Hammons’ decision.
“There is a mutual understanding between the university and Embassy Suites that we can share in this opportunity to maximize a beneficial relationship,” said Rickards.
He said an example of the “symbiotic relationship” would be some of OU’s nationally-renowned professors urging the organizations to which they belong to bring educational conferences to Norman, which would benefit both the university and hotel.
Hammons said he looks to aid in Norman’s growth.
“Norman represents a compelling opportunity with several indicators for future growth that mandate quality hotel and meeting accommodations to help foster that growth,” said Hammons, who is founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. “We’re helping to build a community people are drawn to; it’s what we do best.”
The addition of the Norman development to Hammons’ growing national hotel and meeting space portfolio makes five properties in Oklahoma, including three in Oklahoma City and one in Tulsa.

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