I was very pleased with this venerable hotel, which traces its history to 1911. The legendary society hostess Perle Mesta, President Truman's ambassador to Luxembourg, was the daughter of its founder and grew up in the hotel, and fascinating black-and-white photographs of the city's history dot the hallways. The Skirvin languished for decades but was renovated and treated to a rather peculiar redecorating job completed in 2007; the gold-and-black room decor, replete with an almost disorienting array of swirls, curlicues, and random dingbats, perhaps says "Las Vegas" rather than Oklahoma City, as do the fainting couches in the hallways and the kooky crystals hanging from the chandeliers above the otherwise sedate Tudor lobby. However, my decent-sized room was well appointed, and the management deserves kudos for using down-filled pillows; this is one of the few hotels I've encountered anywhere in the world lately that didn't use cinderblock-hard foam (available here on request). I do take the hotel to task for its idiotic $9.99 Internet fee; I don't care if the charge is a chainwide Hilton policy, as the management claims in another post. It insults guests that lesser brands, including some of Hilton's own, provide free Internet connections while Hilton--more taken with itself than it deserves to be--prefers to live in the good old days of 1994, when the Internet was a luxury rather than a part of people's daily lives. By that logic, they should be charging for elevator service.
On the other hand, the $12 valet charge is a relative bargain, so you can always drive to a cafe with free WiFi (and the city garage next door charges only $7 per day, though without in-and-out privileges). The Skirvin is within walking distance to all major downtown attractions and businesses and to Bricktown. I also enjoyed a well-prepared breakfast in the hotel's dining room. The Skirvin deserves high marks for courteous service throughout. Oklahoma City is a friendly place, and the staff of this fine hotel is no exception. I would certainly stay here again.
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