Aloft Hotels, a subsidiary of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, has doubled its presence in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the opening of its Aloft Tulsa Downtown hotel.
Transformed from the former City Hall to Aloft Tulsa Downtown, the hotel is the second adaptive re-use project for the brand after the Aloft Dallas Downtown, which was transformed from a railroad depot into an Aloft hotel.
Aloft will also complete two more adaptive re-use projects, Aloft Detroit Downtown and Aloft Tampa Downtown, in 2014.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide specialty select brands senior vice-president Brian McGuinness said: "Adaptive re-use projects like this one represent an important growth channel for the Aloft brand, allowing us to enter even more markets, more quickly."
Located on the northern edge of Civic Center Plaza, the new hotel is a short distance away from the Tulsa Convention Center, the Tulsa County Courthouse, the Central Library, the concerts and events at the BOK centre, and the city’s business and entertainment district.
Guests at the hotel can also visit nearby places such as the Tulsa Drillers baseball stadium, Greenwood Cultural Center, Tulsa Race Riot Museum, the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.
Aloft Tulsa Downtown hotel features 180 rooms and other amenities such as a Splash outdoor pool, re:mixSM lounge and w xyz bar, 24hr fitness centre and 9,000ft² meeting space for business meetings and social gatherings.
The new hotel is owned by TOCH and managed by Presidian Hotels & Resorts.
Presidian Hotels & Resorts president and COO Mark Kucera said the company was pleased to partner TOCH on the adaptive re-use project in the heart of downtown Tulsa.
TOCH principal Bruce Taylor said: "The citizens of Tulsa owe a debt of gratitude to The Tulsa City Council, Mayor Bartlett and Taylor, and the Tulsa Development Authority, who have been instrumental in remaking the downtown area."