by Michael C. Lowe | March 01, 2013
Local Update
The Aloft Oklahoma City Downtown-Bricktown is expected to open this spring with 134 rooms and approximately 5,000 square feet of meeting space. Amenities will include an outdoor pool, an indoor spa and Aloft's signature WXYZ bar.

Coming to Bricktown in late 2013 or early 2014 is a hotel complex with a 155-room Hilton Garden Inn and a 100-room Homewood Suites. The properties will share a single tower but will offer two lobbies, separate guest registration and differing room décor. Shared amenities will include a pool, an exercise room and 6,000 square feet of meeting space.

A 54-room boutique-style property is slated to debut in Midtown Oklahoma City in late 2013 under the Ambassador Hotel Collection flag.

The Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel completed a renovation of its 396 guest rooms last month, following a refurbishment of its 17,000 square feet of meeting space last year. The property has an outdoor pool, a fitness center and the 1889 Land Run Cafe, which serves Southwestern-inspired fare.

A proposed $252 million convention center project is on the table as part of the MAPS 3 (Metropolitan Area Projects) program. If approved, the complex will feature 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 35,000-square-foot ballroom and 50,000 square feet of additional meeting space. The facility is planned for a parcel of land just south of the Myriad Botanical Gardens and across the street from the Chesapeake Energy Arena, with a projected opening in 2018. Other MAPS 3 initiatives include a new 300,000-square-foot public-event center, expected to open in 2015. The new structure will replace the current Travel & Transportation building on the east side of State Fair Park.

Meeting Hotels
Properties in Oklahoma City include the 508-room Biltmore Oklahoma Hotel, 396-room Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel, 354-room Marriott Oklahoma City, 312-room Clarion Hotel Okla­homa City, 311-room Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel, 244-room Wyndham Garden Hotel-Oklahoma City Airport and 236-room Embassy Suites Oklahoma City.

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Convention Center
Cox Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 100,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 21; (405) 602-8500;

Airport TransitWill Rogers World Airport, about 11 miles from downtown Oklahoma City. Transfer cost by taxi, $20-$25

Bed tax, 5.5%; city sales tax, 3.875%; state sales tax, 4.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.875%

Group Venues
The 17-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens recently completed a major renovation that added a 28,000-square-foot event lawn. One of the sprawling facility's most popular gathering spaces is the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, a 224-foot-long cylindrical structure housing 13,000-square-feet of plants, along with space to seat up groups of up to 100 people. (405) 445-7080;

The American Banjo Museum offers 21,000 square feet of space dedicated to the instrument that put the twang into music. On display are more than 300 specimens, ranging from modest 19th-century minstrel-era models to ornately decorated banjos from America's Jazz Age. By day, two spaces are available for private groups of up to 60 and 14 people, respectively. After hours, the full facility can be reserved for gatherings of up to 250. (405) 604-2793;

Oklahoma City Convention and Vis­itors Bureau, (800) 225-5652;