Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

MAPS May Spark Activity in Lodging Sector

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

MAPS May Spark Activity in Lodging Sector

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Motels and motels in the Oklahoma City area have not changed much over the past year, but there has been speculation surrounding the Metropolitan Area Projects plan that is expected to spark some interest in the town within the next five to 10 years.

Of the 25 largest hotels in the Oklahoma City area, the Radisson Inn at 401 S. Meridian Ave. remains the largest with 509 rooms. The hotel is north of Will Rogers World Airport and is one of about 10 hotels in the same area near Int. Hwy. 40 that together account for close to 5,000 rooms.

The Radisson Inn offers single rooms for between $69 and $88 per night and double rooms for between $79 and $98.

The Holiday Inn-West in the same area at 801 S. Meridian Ave. used to be the second largest hotel in the city but has condensed its number of rooms to 322 from 486. The balance was in two buildings on the property that are being converted to a separate hotel, Holiday Inn Express.

In its long-range plans, Holiday Inn-West as it is today is expected to be bulldozed within the next three to five years to make room for a mid-rise hotel in the area, said Bill Finney, general manager.

That plan, along with expectations of at least one new hotel downtown prompted by the Metropolitan Area Projects plan that went into effect Jan. 1, could be the first new major hotel construction projects in the city in about five years.

Oklahoma City Mayor Ronald J. Norick announced Jan. 20 that Marriott Corp. of Bethesda, Md., was expected to submit a proposal for a hotel downtown. Marriott opened a hotel in the city in 1985 at 3233 Northwest Expressway which is the third largest with 354 hotel rooms.

It has 11 meeting rooms with a total 12,000 square feet. Room rates for the facility are $119 for a single and $129 for a double.

When Norick made his announcement, he also said that three other national chains might be interested in new projects, and there has been some interest from two local groups and by one out-of-town group in the 210-room Skirvin Plaza Hotel at One Park Ave. That facility closed in October 1988.

The Century Center Hotel at One N. Broadway, which is anticipating affiliation with the Holiday Inn Worldwide's Crowne Plaza line, remains the only hotel downtown since the 206-room Oklahoma Elite Hotel closed in September. …

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