Renaissance Hotel offers amenities, Bricktown experience

The luxury Renaissance Hotel, which opened July 21 at 100 E. Sheridan Ave., is marketed as Bricktown’s only full-service hotel. The lobby flows into locally owned Culprits bar and restaurant.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – The luxury Renaissance Hotel that opened July 21 in Bricktown offers guests plenty of amenities and relaxing spaces, but General Manager Justin Huff doesn’t want them to stay indoors too long.

“The idea is to get people out and experience the neighborhood we get to experience every day,” Huff said.

Visitors are within walking distance of the canal, botanical gardens, professional baseball and basketball games, concerts and plenty of retail, dining and entertainment venues.

For someone who grew up in Oklahoma City, the growth in Bricktown in the past 20 years has been wonderful to see. “It’s just been boom, boom, boom,” Huff said. “Now it’s great to be a part of this.”

The 10-story hotel features multiple views of Bricktown and beyond through its many expansive windows that begin in the lobby and, at the top, include two presidential corner suites that provide elevated views of downtown.

The 121,000-square-foot, $45 million hotel developed by Anish Hotels Group employs about 90 people.

Its 182 rooms bring the total number of hotel rooms in the downtown/Bricktown area to 4,432, according to Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau data. Occupancy in June was at 68.4%.

Hotel occupancy was hit hard by the spike in COVID-19 cases in January and February but has rebounded.

“Hotels are filling up, not quite as high as pre-pandemic, but at a higher rate now,” CVB President Zac Craig said.

A growing number of room nights are affiliated with events at the Oklahoma City Convention Center, Craig said. Through May this year, the convention center has hosted 69 events with 98,000 attendees, compared to 34 events and 38,000 attendees for the same period last year, he said.

“We really have just scraped the surface,” Craig said.

Another 500 rooms will come online in the next two years with the opening of the OKANA resort adjacent to the First Americans Museum and the hotel in the Convergence development at the Innovation District.

Craig said the influx of visitors will continue to support the growth in number of rooms.

Not only is convention business expected to increase, but tourists are finding “there is some great appeal in Oklahoma City,” Craig said.

“We’re starting to see a lot of people driving from further distances like Denver, Houston, San Antonio and St. Louis,” I said.

The Renaissance caters to both business and leisure travelers, as well as local residents looking for a special night out or a staycation, said Shannon Brown, area director of sales and marketing.

One local couple chose to celebrate their wedding anniversary at the hotel on its opening night and the staff enjoyed spoiling them, she said.

“We hope by going above and beyond they’ll not just come one time but again and again,” Brown said.

Locals also helped pack the hotel’s high-end bar and restaurant, Culprits, on opening night, Huff said.

The restaurant, locally operated by Provision Concepts, features culinary creations from nationally recognized James Beard finalist Chef James Fox and the signature cocktail Smoked Table-Side Old Fashioned made at your table.

“There are a lot of flaming dishes with lots of pizzazz,” Huff said. “It’s great for a date night.”

Breakfast and lunch menus are kid-friendly.

The restaurant seats 60 indoors with 18 additional seats at the bar and more outdoors. It flows into the spacious lobby with various uniquely designed seating areas that can accommodate additional diners and drinkers.

Lobby visitors will also find fun features like a window swing and an interactive wall that mimics guest movements and doubles as a big-screen TV for big events.

Culprits also caters events in the hotel’s meeting spaces – the Warehouse that can accommodate business meetings and events up to 94 people and the Board Room with videoconferencing capabilities that can accommodate 10 to 12 people.

The pet-friendly hotel also features a fitness center, Starbucks coffee shop and valet parking.

Renaissance will host a grand opening celebration later this summer.

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