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Where to Stay in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is divided into nearly a dozen distinct districts, each offering access to an array of local arts, culture and entertainment options. Business travelers can search for an upscale chain hotel or a luxury boutique in the city's downtown Central Business District. Nearby, fans of the arts can scope out the downtown Arts District, which boasts a number of cultural attractions including the acclaimed Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Myriad Botanical Gardens. If you're traveling with family, you can find a budget hotels and comfortable mid-range accommodations just north of downtown in the Adventure District. This region, conveniently located at the intersection of two major interstates, boasts the Six Flags Frontier City and White Water Bay theme park, the Oklahoma City Zoo and the city's Science Museum. Younger traveler looking to explore the metro's best bars and nightlife can find exclusive hotels in the Bricktown neighborhood. The former warehouse district has been revitalized and now claims several live music venues, swank lounges and neighborhood sports bars. Gay and lesbian travelers can search for discount hotels near the 39th Street Enclave, the largest GLBT neighborhood in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City Hotel Tips
With warm weather lasting well beyond summer, Oklahoma City experiences a peak tourist season from about July through October. During this time, temperatures can top 90 degrees, making it the perfect season to visit the city's water park or nearby Lake Hefner. Even with the influx of tourists, you can still find cheap flights to Oklahoma City and hotel deals during this season.
Spring is another great time to book your Oklahoma City hotel. Although there is more rain in the forecast from March to May, there are still ample dry days that make it possible to enjoy the city's beautiful natural areas. This is also the season for the city's Festival of the Arts, a large community celebration of the visual, performance and culinary arts. In late April, more than a hundred artists converge in downtown Oklahoma City to exhibit their talents.
Oklahoma City Hotel Recommendations
Located in the middle of downtown Oklahoma City, the historic Skirvin Hotel is both a perfect choice for business and leisure travelers. The luxury hotels central location provides guests with easy access to much of the downtown Central Business District as well as the many cultural attractions, such as the Bricktown Canal, the Arts District and Oklahoma City Arena. The renovated landmark features an elegant lobby and 225 guestrooms, each of which is equipped with the state-of-the-art technology. Work up a sweat at the hotel's full-service fitness facility, or grab a bite at the upscale Park Avenue Grill. For an additional fee, guests can bring pets up to 75 pounds in size.
Families planning a trip to Oklahoma City's Adventure District will find a large selection of budget hotels within two miles of the Oklahoma Zoo and the Six Flags Frontier City amusement Park. Options include the Comfort Inn, Motel 6, Days Inn, Sleep Inn & Suites, Travelodge, Economy Inn, Super 8 and Econo Lodge. These low-price accommodations might not offer the same frills as a five-star upscale boutique, but they do provide guests with comfortable and clean rooms as well as easy access to the many Adventure District attractions.
If you want to be near Oklahoma City's vibrant nightlife, compare rates at the Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel. Located downtown near the Bricktown district, the Sheraton is one of the largest hotels in the city. After undergoing extensive renovations, the facility's redesigned interior features 24,000-square feet of meeting space, a modernized lobby and the largest hotel health club in downtown Oklahoma City. Guests can choose from a wide selection of guestroom styles, including parlor rooms and spacious suites. Plus, the hotel's 1889 Restaurant serves up tasty southwestern-style cuisine that incorporates locally grown ingredients.
Oklahoma City Transportation
Currently, Oklahoma City has limited public transportation options. Currently, the city is planning on constructing a downtown streetcar system as well as a commuter rail line that will connect the inner city with the outer suburbs. Currently, downtown visitors can hop a ride on the Oklahoma Spirit Trolley, a reproduction of an American Heritage Streetcar. The trolley transports travelers to major downtown tourist destinations including Bricktown, the Museum of Art and the Oklahoma City National Memorial. There is also a small public bus system that runs through parts of the city. Thanks to several interstates that run through Oklahoma City, traveling by car is one of the best ways to explore the metro area. Many major rental agencies have outlets at the Will Rogers World Airport (OKC).