This historical 12-story downtown hotel—considered Oklahoma City’s first skyscraper when it opened in 1910—underwent a $16 million renovation completed in 2006. Like the nearby Skirvin Hilton, the Colcord is intended to be a luxury lodging, and the lobby is lovely with marble columns and walls, chandeliers, an ornate plaster ceiling and the original elevator doors. The renovation designers, however, chose not to continue the historical theme throughout the rest of the hotel; the rooms are furnished in a contemporary style that seems sterile.
While spacious, our deluxe king room (rates from $169) lacked traveler-friendly touches like electrical plugs near the nightstand and an in-room coffeemaker (although coffee is delivered free in the morning on request). Other annoyances: Water sprays out of the glass shower, and the thermostat can’t be set to a specific temperature (guests have to choose cool or heat, then adjust a wheel to warmer or colder). On the plus side, each room includes free Wi-Fi, a HEPA air purifier and a 47-inch flat-screen TV.
Breakfast at the hotel’s Flint restaurant was a bright spot, though service was somewhat lacking. There’s no obvious hostess station; we finally seated ourselves, then waited more than 10 minutes before finally flagging down a waitress. After that, all went smoothly. The lemon ricotta pancakes with papaya chutney ($8) were excellent, and the farmers’ biscuits and gravy ($9) with eggs and sausage were perfectly fine.
If you want luxury lodging in downtown Oklahoma City, head for the Skirvin Hilton a couple of blocks away, but pop by the Colcord for the better breakfast.