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Complete with a vintage Las Vegas lounge vibe that feels both retro and modern, the Grottos at Osage Casino Hotel are perfect for meetings, gatherings, parties and corporate brainstorming.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Marc Rains
Posted
March 28, 2019

Business luncheons… brainstorming sessions… family gatherings… sports viewing parties with your pals… They all share one common thread: You need a fun, flexible event space to host them. Fortunately, just north of downtown Tulsa, there are convenient, beautiful spaces to hold meetings and parties to your heart’s content — the hospitality rooms known as the Grottos, available for rental at the newly refreshed, expanded Osage Casino Hotel.

There are four Grottos available at the Osage Casino Hotel says hotel manager Kasey King. “Each one is a little over 700 square feet, and enough room to accommodate 12–15 people.”

When designing the Grottos, King says the casino’s team aimed to create something unique — a look and feel you won’t find at other local venues. “We looked for something different than other spaces have,” he says. “We challenged our design team to come up with something that would stand out from other hotels and casinos in the area.”

There are four Grottos available at the Osage Casino Hotel. Each one is a little over 700 square feet, and enough room to accommodate 12–15 people. (Photo: Marc Rains)
There are four Grottos available at the Osage Casino Hotel. Each one is a little over 700 square feet, and enough room to accommodate 12–15 people. (Photo: Marc Rains)

The result is that the Grottos have a vintage Las Vegas lounge vibe that feels both retro and modern because of the amenities. The rooms are inviting and luxurious, with warm wood paneling. Bright carpeting, attractive tiling, rich curtains and other decorative features emphasize comfort as well as privacy for whatever meeting you might hold there, whether it’s an executive planning session or a chance to watch the big game in style.

There’s plenty of space for guests to sit — at tables, at the bar counter, and on couches. The furniture features western and southwest touches like cowhide, bright orange leather chairs and bar stools, and light tan couches that speak of indulging yourself casino-style, a bit like Elvis might have done.

The Grottos also feature the artworks of local Osage artists such as Kimberly Jones, whose works are featured throughout the rest of the casino and hotel as well. This local artistic connection lends a unified look to the casino, and the Grottos tie into that theme nicely. “We call it prairie chic,” says King.

The Grottos are located right across from the hotel’s pool area, creating an additional luxury feature for guests making use of the rooms. (Photo: Marc Rains)
The Grottos are located right across from the hotel’s pool area, creating an additional luxury feature for guests making use of the rooms. (Photo: Marc Rains)

The Grottos are versatile and can serve a number of purposes, depending on what is needed. As hospitality rooms, they offer comfort and seclusion for executives and guest speakers of conferences. Each room has a small kitchenette, stocked with china, glasses and silverware. There’s also a bar area where people can sit and have a drink and snacks while relaxing.

Businesses can bring in any food they like, stock the mini-refrigerators with water and other cold drinks, and be assured their guests are enjoying a private space that makes them feel comfortable. There’s even a pullout Murphy bed in each of the Grottos, so guests can enjoy a quick nap if needed — appealing to business travelers who may need rest before a big meeting.

The Grottos are also designed to be tech-friendly for visitors. Each room is equipped with two large flat-screen televisions, for starters. “There’s surround sound in each room, built into the ceiling and walls,” says King. Visitors can videocast from their laptops to the TVs. And they can use the Bluetooth in their laptops or smartphones to play background music through the room’s sound system. Each room is also essentially soundproof, ensuring there is no intrusive noise from neighboring rooms, hallways, and other nearby spaces.

“People love the rooms,” says King. “We’ve had people reserving them for corporate brainstorming sessions, bachelorette parties, and bowl games. Twice now, we’ve had the same corporation using the Grottos for an executive brainstorming session, a way to get away from the office.”

Corporate parties can use it as their hospitality suite, offering premier guests a pre-party before the big, formal party, he notes. And the rooms have also been popular with sports fans wanting to host a fantasy football draft, a Super Bowl get-together, or a March Madness watch party. One of the room’s tables can be flipped over to double as a poker table.

The feel is both unique and entertaining, making for plenty of fun that can carry over into other activities, such as time playing games on the casino floor, a visit to Nine Band Brewing, attending a concert in the new Skyline Event Center, or a stay at the hotel. The Grottos are located right across from the hotel’s pool area, creating an additional luxury feature for guests making use of the rooms.

“The Grottos offer a great way for you and friends to enjoy a pre-party and after-party for concerts,” says King. And with guest rooms right nearby, users of the Grottos can conveniently access any part of the hotel they wish to enjoy.

The rental fee for the Grottos is $399 per night, per room.

LOCATOR
Osage Casino Hotel
951 W. 36th St. N. | Tulsa
877-246-8777
osagecasino.com

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