Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Glenpool Lands New Hilton Concept

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Glenpool Lands New Hilton Concept

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Leisure Hospitality will bring Hilton's newest brand to Oklahoma in a $16 million expansion at Tapp Development's Southwest Crossroads project in Glenpool.

The 90-room Home2 Suites by Hilton will comprise one of two four- story hotels Leisure will start construction on in August, President and Chief Executive Robert Patel said Thursday.

Leisure also will build a 90-room Holiday Inn Express and Suites backing against a lake at the center of the 140-acre project.

These two hotels will bookend Glenpool's $10 million municipal building and convention center, a 57,000-square-foot design by Matrix Architects of Tulsa boasting a broad wall of glass overlooking the lake and walking trail. Executives from across Glenpool and its newest development broke ground for that project Thursday morning.

"The city's progressive way of doing business continues to make this possible," said Tapp Development President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Tapp, whose Edmond firm launched the 121st Street and U.S. Highway 75 project two years ago around an environmentally friendly Wal-Mart Supercenter prototype.

The two hotels promise to enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the 20,000-square-foot-plus convention center, with each helping attract more business to the others.

Announced less than two months ago, Hilton said the Home2 Suites brand represents a mid-tier concept targeting the "savvy, value- wise" extended-stay patron.

Patel said the new design contained a more contemporary look, setting it apart from the more traditional Holiday Inn Express.

The Home2 Suites will feature what Hilton calls the Oasis, a communal living area offering a community table, individual work zones, a pantry, integrated guest laundry and activity room.

Home2 Suites also touts a working wall in each guest room. This modular setting serves not only as a work space, but also closet and storage.

While the new concept includes many regular amenities and services - complementary continental breakfast, indoor pool, fitness facilities - it adds some more exotic touches, such as outdoor living rooms with grills.

Home2 Suites also employs environmental elements, including EPA Water Sense plumbing fixtures by Kohler, bulk shower dispensers, dual-flush toilets and recycled flooring. …

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