Crowne Plaza Displays $20 Million Renovation Progress

Crowne Plaza Displays $20 Million Renovation Progress

GUEST COMFORT: The hotel’s spa, Elements, has expanded by one-third its size and offers guests an excellent way to relax.

Courtesy Schnake Turnbo Frank

Tulsa’s Crowne Plaza Hotel welcomed media on Thursday, May 22, to preview its $20 million, in-progress hotel renovation. Set for completion by early fall 2008, every part of the hotel is being transformed into a modern, boutique-hotel space.

“It’s been wonderful to watch the hotel being transformed, but it also has been extremely challenging to manage a hotel as jack hammers echo through the building,” General Manager Marlin Keranen says. “But when we are done, what a hotel the Crowne Plaza will be. We are excited to be part of the great rejuvenation of downtown Tulsa.”

This major overhaul of the 30-year-old hotel has involved 150,000 hours of construction with 39 local vendors conducting the renovation.

The Crowne Plaza has 462 rooms. All rooms have been completely renovated except for the five luxury suites, which are in the final stages of renovation. Nearly $1 million has been spent on the suites alone, two of which boast 2,700 square feet and three have 2,300 square feet.

Additionally 38,000 square feet of banquet, catering and meeting rooms have been renovated including the Crowne Plaza’s Tulsa Ballroom, which at 10,000 square feet is one of the largest ballrooms in Tulsa.

Recently, the hotel opened a full-service Starbucks, and the upscale casual restaurant Daily Grill is currently under construction and should open late summer 2008. The hotel’s spa, Elements, also expanded by one-third its size. The gift shop doubled in size and there will be an indoor-outdoor swimming pool.

“We will be able to offer tremendous services such as our new 60-second meeting planner where we can quickly serve our customers. There will be a new club and new banquet menus,” Catering Director Pat Stunkard says.

Starting July 15, the hotel will begin hiring people in every area, including sales managers, a valet manager, an express meeting planner, room attendants and bellmen.

Updated 06-23-2008

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