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Includes "Skirvin", a book of the hotel's history, 2 tickets to the Oklahoma History Center Museum.
Built in 1911 by William Balser 'Bill' Skirvin, the Skirvin Hilton hotel has over 100 years of rich history in downtown Oklahoma City. Bill was an oil man, and he wanted to build a hotel that would be a welcoming atmosphere for all types of travelers. The Skirvin hotel has maintained this 'welcoming' spirit throughout its history, despite various owners and multiple renovations, and continues to serve travelers from all walks of life in downtown Oklahoma City.
In its original design, the hotel featured two towers with 10 floors each and 500 rooms. An additional 13-story tower was added in 1926, and the all three towers were updated to 12 floors in 1930. The hotel now has over 225 rooms.
The hotel closed for 19 years in 1988 but was reopened in 2007 after a two-year, $50 million renovation. It still features pieces from the original decor, including the original elevator doors, and details such as tiling and crown molding.
Over its 100-year history, the Skirvin has hosted many notable Guests, such as Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Hoffa, Roger Staubach, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Bob Hope. Almost every American President has stayed at the hotel, including Harry Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The hotel's position as an Oklahoma City staple makes it a first choice for celebrities and politicians.
Throughout the Skirvin hotel's century-long history, a lot of changes and updates have been made. However, the owners have worked tirelessly to preserve and honor historically significant architecture and pieces within the hotel.
The hotel welcomes Guests to take a self-guided historical tour to see the Skirvin family crest, original elevator doors, early bell-hop suits, along with intricate, and sometimes eccentric, architectural details.
In 2011, the Skirvin Hilton celebrated its 100th birthday. Some filmmakers made a documentary outlining the history of the hotel and its contribution to downtown Oklahoma City.