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Elevate Your Experience

Few hotels can give you that "only in Oklahoma" experience like Hotel Indigo. From the restaurant and décor to the bar and amenities, you will feel like you're part of something special when you stay.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Sarah Eliza Roberts
Posted
August 28, 2019

In the heart of the Blue Dome District in downtown Tulsa, you’ll find a charming, fun spot for dinner, drinks, or an overnight stay when you want to mix it up a bit. Yes, we’re talking about the beautiful, entertaining Hotel Indigo, nestled comfortably within a stone’s throw from Yokozuna, Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge, Dilly Diner, Boomtown Tees, and a lot of other places Tulsa residents love to visit.

“The Blue Dome District is a great, fun, upcoming district, and we’re glad to be a part of it,” says Nicki Boone, sales and catering manager. The hotel opened in November 2018, and it’s been doing a brisk business ever since.

One of its main draws is Roof Sixty Six — a rooftop bar that features great views and great drinks. The name, says Boone, comes from the iconic Route 66, which initially ran down what is now Second Street in downtown Tulsa. “We wanted a nod to that,” says Boone.

Roof Sixty Six gives the nod to the present as well as the past. The bar features a dramatic glass balcony with unobstructed views across Tulsa. Look north, and you can see straight to ONEOK Field, which is perfect viewing on nights when the stadium shoots off fireworks. Look west, and you enjoy a stunning view of Williams Tower. Other places to spot when you’re looking out over the city include City Hall, Cain’s Ballroom, the BOK Center, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Philtower, Hillcrest, and St. John.

Hotel Indigo is a full-service hotel with 93 rooms, impressive amenities, and atmosphere. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
Hotel Indigo is a full-service hotel with 93 rooms, impressive amenities, and atmosphere. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

The bar is open to the public seven days a week. “We have heaters in winter and shades in summer,” says Boone. “We keep it comfortable all year long. And there’s a firepit out there in the winter too. We stay busy all the time up there.”

The drink offerings are a pleasant mix of local and craft options, as well as old favorites. Roof Sixty Six serves Welltown beer, specialty cocktails, and half-priced wine on Wednesdays. “Our bartenders love to create new things all the time,” Boone notes. There are appetizers too, such as their incredibly popular charcuterie board, which features locally made sausages and meats and cheeses.

Of course, Hotel Indigo doesn’t just serve drinks; it’s a full-service hotel with 93 rooms, impressive amenities, and atmosphere. As part of the IHG group of hotels and resorts, Hotel Indigo offers the security, comfort, and familiarity of all the IHG brands (Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Candlewood Suites and others). It also offers a distinctly charming boutique feel, offering guests the best of both worlds.

The hotel’s clients include a mix of corporate guests, tourists, and Oklahomans who want a weekend getaway or a relaxing staycation. Visitors love the décor, which for the Tulsa location is focused on our state’s rich oil history.

The hotel’s clients include a mix of corporate guests, tourists, and Oklahomans who want a weekend getaway or a relaxing staycation. Visitors love the décor, which for the Tulsa location is focused on our state’s rich oil history. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)
The hotel’s clients include a mix of corporate guests, tourists, and Oklahomans who want a weekend getaway or a relaxing staycation. Visitors love the décor, which for the Tulsa location is focused on our state’s rich oil history. (Photo: Sarah Eliza Roberts)

“No two Hotel Indigos are the same,” says Boone, explaining that the Tulsa hotel’s look and feel are unique to Green Country. “Our story is about the blue-collar oil workers of the 1920s. With everything we do, we keep that in mind and reflect that history. People are intrigued by it.”

The 1900s oil theme is carried into each room in some form. In the lobby, for example, there is a wall of oil field artifacts. And you’ll see a survey map from the early 1900s. “All of our artwork is taken from the Tulsa archives, with reproductions of original photos from the oil boom era,” says Boone.

The hotel offers three styles of rooms for overnight guests: a standard king, double queen, and deluxe king with sleeper sofa. The décor includes exposed concrete ceilings and copper accents throughout the rooms, with touches of the oil story. Behind each room’s headboard is a wall-sized mural — either the Tulsa Driller on its back before it was erected, oil derricks in the field, or the Route 66 map, all in fun, bright neon colors and pixelated to create a modern twist on the historic theme.

If you’re in the mood for a meal, visit the hotel’s Prospect Local Bar and Kitchen, which is open to the public for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. The menu includes comfort foods with a modern presentation, food that is tasty and approachable like fried catfish and meatloaf, but with a 2019 feel. Every Thursday night is fried chicken, served family style, with coleslaw, green beans, rolls, and mashed potatoes. At $10 per person, it’s very affordable.

For special events, whether it’s a rehearsal dinner,  a party, or a business meeting, the hotel offers a choice of three function rooms. The May Room is perfect for small meetings or hospitality services, with a pub table that seats six, TV/projection capabilities, a balcony that overlooks ONEOK Field, living area, restroom, couch, armchairs, and wet bar. “It’s perfect for a small committee meeting, board meeting, bridal dressing before the wedding, fantasy football, or baby showers,” says Boone.

There’s also the Barley Room, adjacent to the restaurant, which seats up to 30 people. Its wall screen is HDMI compatible, and two large windows offer natural light or shades for privacy. Private dinners, meetings, and working lunches all work well in this space. The hotel can accommodate you with either restaurant-style service or catering, as well as wine service.

For more extensive functions, there is the Avery Room. With 1,500-square-feet, the room seats between 60 to 100 people depending on setup, or 250 people if you use a stand-up cocktail style setup. “The room’s north wall is all windows, so it has fantastic natural light,” says Boone.

LOCATOR
Hotel Indigo
121 S. Elgin Ave. | Tulsa
918-779-4445
hotelindigo.com

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