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Details are still very sketchy, but rumour has it that arty boutique hotel chain 21C Museum Hotels is set to add another property to its swelling portfolio; in Oklahoma!
Business First reported the other day that the company "is applying for incentives and looking at other financing options for a 21c location in Oklahoma City." and quotes president Craig Greenberg as saying: “We are still working on finalizing all our incentives".
Lest we get carried away by new hotels and fun in-room amenities, let's revisit the scary side of hotels for a hot minute. Because we all need a downer to start of the New Year, right? (Ugh.)
Barb Delollis at USA Today picked up on ESPN Columnist Bill Simmon's recent stay at the haunted Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City. You know the hotel that last year's Knicks blamed for a poor performance when playing The OKC Thunder.
When Simmons was in town, he actually asked to stay on one of the hotel's haunted floors but didn't really expect to get spooked. Then the Skirvin Crying Baby made an appearance. He writes:
I decided to turn on the light. Stretching to my right for the switch, out of nowhere, I heard the sound of (what sure as hell sounded like) a baby crying urgently to my far left (right near the window). Wahhhhhhh. Wahhhhhh. Wahhhhhh. Wahhhhhhh. The urgency freaked me out just as much as the crying itself.
I fumbled for the switch, couldn't find it, fumbled, fumbled some more, then finally turned the light on. The crying sound stopped. I hopped out of bed and turned on every other light in the room. I turned on the television and jacked up the volume. Then I grabbed my BlackBerry and Googled "Skirvin crying baby. A slew of results came up."
The Ghostbusters may not be afraid of no ghosts but the New York Knicks basketball team, definitely is. The team says they were haunted by a ghost at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City where they stayed before playing The Thunder.
Eddy Curry even ran for the safety of his teammate's room because he was convinced ghosts were in his room.
"They said it happened on the 10th floor and I'm the only one staying on the 10th floor," Curry said. "That's why I spent most of my time in (Nate Robinson's) room. I definitely believe there are ghosts in that hotel."
The "it" he's referring too is the legend of a woman who jumped to her death in the 1930s holding her baby in her hands. Eee. Remind us not to check in here while visiting Oklahoma. Oh and btw, yes, the Knicks lost to the Thunder.
· George Clooney Shacks Up at The Carlyle: Meanwhile George Clooney was taking it easy at The Carlyle, even signing autographs for a few fans. We wonder if the neighboring Surrey Hotel was jealous? [X17Online]
· The Power (and Messes) of Chocolate Chip Cookies: Everyone loves the Doubletree cookies, except maybe housekeepers when they have to clean up the chocolate stains. [NY Times]
· Definitely Not the Hotel Bel-Air: Last time we checked the Hotel Bel-Air didn't look like some corporate office park building. By the way, remember it's closed for the next two years. [Dimensions Guide]
· Comfort Inn Gets Comfy in Haiti: A 32-room hotel to open in May in Haiti. [BusinessWeek]
· What Do You Draw on Your Hotel Notepads?: What we would do if we were talented and stuck in a Best Western[Happy Fun Hour]
Finally, there's something to do in Tulsa! Sike. We kid, we kid. But the nightlife in town is going to be amped up by a few thousand volts come Monday when the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opens, making it the first Hard Rock Hotel in the heartland and only the seventh one in the world.
Cherokee Nation is the sole owner of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which will be operated by Cherokee Nation Entertainment. The new resort features 350 luxury hotel rooms and suites; more than 125,000-square-feet of gaming space; five dining venues including Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill and McGill's on 19, a fine-dining penthouse restaurant; and five nightclubs and entertainment venues including the 2,500-seat Hard Rock Hotel & Casino event center scheduled to open in 2010.