TULSA, OK--(Marketwired - May 6, 2013) - First impressions are everything, and Joe Gaudet, general manager at Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills, didn't feel his Tulsa business hotel was putting its best foot forward with its outdated lobby space. So, he spearheaded a renovation that would make the lobby not only a place for guests to check in, but one where they'd want to stick around to check it out.
When deciding how to update this hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marriott looked at the evolution of today's modern traveler, one who wants to connect with others through social networking and the Internet, but not necessarily alone in her hotel room, and someone who might need to meet with a client in a casual setting or work through lunch or dinner.
"We designed the space to fit who we believe our changing customer is," Gaudet says. "The new demographic is always in motion. They're always doing what they're doing, and they want what they want when they want it."
The new lobby addresses these concerns -- and others -- in a space that's modern, welcoming, wired and comfortable. Guests of these Tulsa, Oklahoma accommodations will find communal seating areas with multiple power outlets and complimentary Wi-Fi, a fountain lit by luminescent bars and a flexible dining area that features the time-based Five.Ten.Twenty menu, indicating how many minutes it will take for a guest to get their meal (perfect for those in a time crunch), and attendants with hand-held devices to take orders from anywhere in the hotel.
"The lobby reinvention has transformed the feel of the hotel," Gaudet says. "The feedback we are getting from our guests has been uniformly spectacular since the change. They love the new gathering spaces and the updated casual food and craft-drink offerings."
About the Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills
Modern elegance takes center stage at the Marriott Tulsa Hotel Southern Hills, where visitors will find a stay that's both comfortable and convenient. These Tulsa hotel rooms feature Marriott's signature bedding; a 37-inch HDTV, complimentary Wi-Fi, minifridge, coffeemaker, mp3 alarm clock and a desk. King rooms include a fold-out chair that converts into a kid-size single bed, and one- and two-bedroom suites feature separate bedrooms and bathrooms. Travelers can take a minute for themselves at the heated indoor pool, fitness center or Spa Southern Hills, offering a full menu of pampering treatments. Or, head to the running and biking trails along the river for a bit of fresh air. The new lobby is the perfect place to meet and mingle, but those requiring a more private space can reserve one of 24 meeting rooms. With 43,000 square feet of total event space, this Tulsa hotel can host meetings, conferences, weddings and celebrations with more than 1,400 guests. To meet over a great meal, head to Tallgrass Grille or Remington's Sports Bar. Nearby explore bars and restaurants in Brookside and Cherry Street or visit nearby River Spirit Casino, University of Tulsa, Oral Roberts University and Oklahoma State Tulsa.