I had wanted to stay at the Hilton in downtown Oklahoma City, but the Sheraton had undercut them by $30/night. Had I known they would charge $25/night for valet, I would have called the Hilton to see if I could get free parking.
I got a nice, decently spaced room with textured carpet and a comfortably firm king bed. The desk and both nightstands each had two outlets built into the furniture.
Nice, unique furnishings.
No refrigerator or microwave were available, and the breakfast certainly wasn’t free. The omelette started at $13, and one can almost double that with delivery fee, room service, and tax. With breakfast that expensive, I declined to try the restaurant.
The bathroom was a little small, the door unable to open or close when a guest is at the sink. The full-size closet took the extra space from the bathroom. The shower controls were sufficient and the hot water was hot, but the water on some days would continuously get hotter, and I’d have to readjust.
The desk had two bottled waters: the first free, the second, $2. The free one was not restocked on subsequent days. The wireless Internet was fast, but it cost $10/night or $44/week if one were not a Starwood Preferred Guest. The TV had nearly 100 channels, most of them digital, including the Showtime suite and TV channels from all the major sports leagues.
The fitness room was large, with an aerobics area, a nautilus, five treadmills, five ellipticals, and a recombinant bike. The music blared loudly enough to overcome people’s earbuds, but not my headphones.
Wednesday night had a manager’s feature. Guests were treated to two samples of wine from a variety of six. They could also have a “Mediterranean eggroll” which looked like a thick meaty sopapilla. Chocolate cookies were available in a glass jar in the lobby, and the bottled water there was free.
The lobby sported an open Link® Computer Center, sponsored by Microsoft. The curved table sported three machines running Windows 8.
Getting to the Sheraton was easy enough, but the hotel has no parking garage, making valet mandatory. Valet service was sufficient, considering the cars were parked about 7 blocks away. One’s car could be had in about 15 minutes.
HAL gets a rate of $116/night, which isn’t bad if one takes the hotel shuttle to and from the airport.