APR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact OKC Connected To The Convention Center Located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Renaissance Convention Center Hotel and Spa is a Four-Diamond hotel connected to the Cox Convention Center and minutes away from Myriad Botanical Gardens and Bricktown Entertainment District. "Our hotel is the perfect destination because we are cus- tomer-service driven, specifically in the group segment," said Tracy Swibold, director of sales and marketing. "We know how to turn over the entire house without missing a beat. And, we know how to satisfy 2,500 hungry group atten- dees at one time. The convention center, con- nected to the hotel via a short skywalk, offers flexible space for local events, regional meetings and national conventions. In addition to the large convention space, we are proud to offer small, intimate spaces located on the second floor of the hotel, perfect for boardroom meetings, inter- views and private dining. And, we can create game rooms, ice skating rinks, relay races, wall climbing, and so much more for groups." Sister Properties For Added Space The Renaissance Hotel has two sister hotels downtown, The Courtyard and The Residence Inn, enabling the property to work with groups to keep them consolidated and close to the conven- tion center. Historic Hotel With 'Green' Options "Colcord Hotel is Oklahoma City's only luxury boutique hotel," said Lindsay Claxton, director of sales and marketing, noting that Colcord provides quality and service with commit- ment to environmentally friendly business practices and sustainable tourism. "Faithful to the vision of Charles Francis Colcord and his reverence for innovative downtown design, the nationally registered historic Colcord Hotel blends time- less luxury with a sense of modern style." The Colcord Hotel has 108 guest rooms, four meeting rooms with an additional four rooms scheduled for completion in the fall. "Our employees are 100 percent empowered to take care of our guests needs," Claxton added Numerous projects are in the planning stages for Oklahoma City, including a proposed downtown convention center (pictured in a rendering above). Meanwhile, meetings continue at the Cox Convention Center. ■ Affluent Neighborhood Locale The Waterford Marriott Oklahoma City Hotel provides 197 guest rooms, 11 meeting rooms and 8,000 square feet of total meeting space. The Four-Diamond, boutique-like property is located in the affluent Nichols Hills area of the city with nearby shopping, dining and golf. Unique Venues Among the variety of local favorite hot and trendy spots Oklahoma City offers is Mickey Man- tle's Steakhouse, Nonna's Euro- American Ris- torante and Bar, Cheever's Café, Irma's Burger Shack, Red Prime Steak, Big Truck Tacos, Hideaway Pizza and other local favorites that exemplify the West- ern culinary cuisine. ■ Must Visit "Once a busy warehouse area, Bricktown Entertainment District is Oklahoma City's hottest entertainment and din- ing district," said Elisa Milbourn with the Oklahoma City CVB. "With dozens of restaurants, shopping, Red Hawks Field at Bricktown, Harkins Theatre and a generous help- ing of turn-of-the-century charm, Bricktown offers visitors a variety of ac- tivities, all in downtown Oklahoma City. Located just one block from the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Bricktown is the place to be before and after Oklahoma City Thunder games. Enjoy a stroll along the mile-long Brick- town Canal, take a cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi, or enjoy some tunes at the American Banjo Museum."■ www.con v APRIL 2012 ConventionSouth 47 O l k a h o i t y C C m a B , V c N M e e s e

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