Champion Hotels reopens former Marriott as Embassy Suites Hotel
An Embassy Suites hotel in a familiar place will open on Northwest Expressway in January.
Champion Hotels has finished a multi-million dollar renovation to the former Marriott hotel, with the goal to bring back the conference business that was once popular at the property.
“This used to be the No. 1 conference hotel in the state,” said Mike Farney, director of sales for Champion Hotels.
Champion Hotels bought the last-named Tower Hotel in 2017. When the company finally started renovation, no corner was left untouched.
The mauve and teal colors that remained from the 1980s were removed, with a new color pattern that includes dark purple, blue, ivory and lime green.
The 315-room hotel was broken down into 216 suites, offering views of the city skyline or Lake Hefner.
The renovation work also meant removing walls on the first floor to create a more efficient bar area with comfortable furniture. The former J.W.’s Steakhouse has been removed.
Embassy’s signature breakfast area has been built-out with a large omelet station and ample seating.
The former indoor/outdoor pool has been brought inside and a 4,100 square-foot patio was constructed, with fire-pits and accents to create a cozy space.
Farney said the updated property has been well received by companies and organizations that were once regular customers of the hotel, as well as entities looking for a home for their event.
“It’s more than new paint and carpet. The property has a more modern look and feel, from the attractive and inviting lobby to the beautiful rooms,” he said. “People are in awe of what we did here. It’s one of the most amazing hotel renovations I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in this business for a long time.”
The main attraction at the property is the 10,000-square-foot ballroom that can seat up to 825 people for dinner or 1,425 people for a reception. On the first floor, there are also smaller rooms that can hold as few as 40 people for dinner. There’s meeting space on the second floor as well.
The first floor also boasts two coat check/welcome desks for conferences.
All of the meeting spaces were updated as well.
Farney said the space is needed in the city, with only a handful of conference center hotels available in the metro. Even when the Omni Hotel opens downtown in 2021, the Embassy expects to be a destination for state and regional events. The Embassy team is already booking events for 2020 and beyond.
“The response we’ve had has been phenomenal,” he said. “We’re looking forward to welcoming people from around the region to experience all we offer.”