Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center – Review

Last weekend we had the pleasure of staying at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center during a brief weekend trip. This hotel is conveniently located next to Highway 169 near exit 71st St. It’s about a 15 minute easy drive to/from the airport, and the hotel does have a free shuttle, although hours are limited, so check the schedule before deciding whether to rent a car or not.

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Check-in:
We got in on 32 degree weather, so the hotel lobby was a nice and welcome sight. The check-in front counter is a little different, with small island stations for each clerk. We got in late, at around 11:00 p.m., but we were given a room on the top floor, which is the Club level and needs key card access. There was no one else in line, so check in was fast and the front desk staff was very friendly and welcoming.

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Room:
The room was on the top (9th floor), near the elevator. I don’t like rooms near the elevators as they tend to be noisier, but I was so tired I didn’t feel like asking for another room, and I kept the A/C unit running all night and that pretty much took care of any outside noise. The elevator bell is pretty loud, so I don’t recommend these rooms if you have a choice. The hotel does have a business crowd, so weekend stays might be quieter, but if you have a choice, stay away from these rooms.

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The room itself was really nice and spacious for a standard room. The view was pretty good too, and during November the different color trees in the distance make for a nice view.

Renaissance-TulsaThe bathroom was really spacious, and it had a lot of counter space for my stuff and my wife’s. The shower had great water pressure, and the hot shower was a welcome relief with all the cold outside. The bathroom only had 2 hand, 2 medium and 2 large towels, so on a trip to the hotel pool I picked up a couple of large bath towels as a backup.

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The bed was very comfortable, and had more pillows that we could use.

The room had a mini fridge and a single complementary bottle of water. It also had the standard coffee maker and actually a pretty good selection of teas and coffee. The TV channel selection was pretty decent.

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Hotel amenities:
The hotel has free self parking and valet for $12, although I never saw any valet guys standing outside, but it could have been because of the weather. Anyway it’s really a short walk from the parking spaces, so I don’t recommend this service. There is a small free shuttle to the airport, although it stops after 10:30 p.m. (good thing we had a rental car as our 8pm flight got in after 10:30 p.m.)

There is an indoor pool and hot tub, and the fitness center is really spacious and well equipped.

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There is free internet in the public areas, and for a fee in the rooms, at $5.95 for basic speed (which was fast enough), or $12.95 per day for the higher speed, which I did not try.

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Breakfast:
Breakfast was VERY good. The food quality was excellent, and the service was outstanding. Lots of food choices, and everything was very well presented. There is a breakfast menu, but we went with the full american breakfast buffet for $12. I strongly recommend this option as you can eat a lot of good quality food and have a healthy breakfast to kick start your day for not too much money.

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Overall impression:
I really loved this hotel and when I’m in the area again I will definitely consider it. I was very impressed, and I really liked the location and the area, which has tons of stores, including my favorite right next door, an Office Depot!!!

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