The Swankiest Hotel In OKC (in partnership with 21c)
If you haven’t been to OKC recently, GO. The city is buzzing. You’ll find cool local indie shops like Collective Thread filled with well-priced handmade and well made items from all over the world. They have the most gorgeous unique fresh blooms too.
The food scene is also blowing up. Each time I visit I am finding new amazing areas with the coolest city vibes. Dear Oklahoma City ...you are definitely having a moment!! I will be sharing a new "24 Hours in OKC With A Teenager" travel diary with you all this coming week so keep an eye out. We had the best girls getaway and I hope that it will inspire you moms to take a weekend in the city and just do something urban and different. For now...I need to tell you all about a "newer" boutique hotel there. They just celebrated their year anniversary not to long ago and I am so thrilled that they hosted Zoë and I last Friday.
So in all honesty--- one major drawback to OKC has always been the hotel scene which is mainly filled with corporate and conventional spots. However, 21c Museum Hotel is changing that! Situated in the former home of a Ford Motor Company assembly plant which dates back more than a century and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 21c Oklahoma City takes full advantage of the scale and openness of its historical setting. The New York City-based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners sought to create a contemporary interpretation of the building’s industrial heritage. Inspired by the assembly line and technological advances of the automotive industry, the design team restored historical features and complemented them with contemporary finishes and furnishings. Each room features the amazing oversized windows (hello pretty natural light and high ceilings) that immediately connect you to the city outside. The design is awesome, managing to strike the playful tone 21c is known for, and is just so swanky and cool......reminiscent of a loft apartment in New York’s Soho neighborhood. (SWOON)
This 135-room boutique hotel has got so much character. I adore the modern museum vibes of 21c – the mash-up of amazing art, installations, textures and colors evoke a mood of wanderlust. The crowd there that weekend with the film fest being in town was a nice mix of 30-something business and creative professionals, it’s grown-up but not stuffy. We also saw some families too and doggies! Love that the property is pet friendly!!
21c is a hotel for introverts & extroverts alike...so it's the perfect blend. Introverts who travel for business, are particularly prone to missing out on the cities they visit. At the end of a day starting at the airport, moving to cabs, rental cars or public transit, followed by hours of business meetings, and they're done. That's what's so great about this space. There is more than 14,000 square feet of exhibition space. Galleries are open every day and exhibitions rotate. It's free and open to the public 365 days/year and there are guided docent tours offered Wednesday & Friday at 5pm. The current exhibit is OFF-SPRING: New Generations. Rituals—religious and cultural, institutional and domestic—provide the thematic infrastructure for the exhibit. Exploring the development of both personal and group identity, childhood, family, history, and gender politics, these sculptures, paintings, photographs, and videos employ iconographic imagery to reveal how we learn to live, love, work, and dream in the 21st century. At the wedding altar, in the family home, or in the classroom, within the fantasy of childhood play or the familiarity of grown-up habit, these new, old narratives generate a spectrum of meditations on the contemporary construction of self and society. The history and symbolism of marital rituals are both exposed and transformed in works by Frances Goodman, Asya Reznikov, and Beth Moysés, addressing a broad range of issues within the metaphoric constraints of tradition.
And you can always find the sixteen-foot-high perforated steel tree, Woozy Blossom, which produces a continuous fog along Main Street; and the art of time with the site-specific installation River of Time.
In-room dining and catering can be provided by the super delish Mary Eddy's Kitchen x Lounge. Or you can opt to just dine in. Mary Eddy's showcases executive chef Jason Campbell’s bold and eclectic take on New American cuisine in an art-filled, communal setting that honors the building’s industrial roots. Menus playfully combine unexpected flavors and celebrate regional, seasonal products.
Sometimes you want to get out of Oklahoma but last minute planning is such a headache. We all do it. So I have a perfect solution for you dears!
Plan a last minute staycation at 21c. I guarantee a night's stay in this hotel will make you feel like a tourist in your own city and put a bit of excitement back into living here.
So after a Friday filled with wandering, Zoë and I checked in to the hotel mid-afternoon, having been greeted by the lovely reception staff. We checked in and made our way to the third floor, staying in a beautiful Deluxe Room; a modern, spacious, airy room with quirky touches, Malin and Goetz bathroom products, a rubber ducky, complimentary chocolates and a very well-stocked mini-bar filled with all kinds of delicious things. Zoë loved the bath robes and felt like a princess. Resisting the urge to get into said fluffy robes and call it a day at 6 p.m was difficult! But trust me, after we adventured and ate dinner and desert, we retired to our gorgeous room around 9:30 and snuggled in with a movie.
Hated saying goodbye...
As you can see 21c is so much more than just a place to spend the night...but it's also the perfect place to spend the night.
Thanks again for hosting me!!!!
900 W Main St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(This post was done in partnership with 21c Museum Hotel OKC. All thoughts, and ideas are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep me creating.)