Just six months after its grand reopening, the Skirvin Hilton found out today the American Automobile Association has named the hotel among its Four Diamond recipients for 2008.
"It's been on our list of things to accomplish but it came quicker than we expected," John Williams, general manager, said. "It's a huge thing for us."
Only about three percent of hotels earn the Four Diamond status, putting the Skirvin Hilton in very elite status.
"People can rely on the Hilton name, the Skirvin's history and now the Four Diamond," Williams said. "It's a team thing, a collective effort. It's not about stuff; it's about faces, smiles, service, attitude. The physical has to be good but that's not all."
The hotel contains 225 guest rooms, 20 one-bedroom suites, one Presidential Suite and 18,500 square feet of meeting and prefunction space.
Skirvin Partners LLC, Marcus Hotels and Resort and Hilton teamed up in 2002 to renovate the hotel which was originally built in 1911 and closed in 1988. It has remained on the National Register of Historic Places. -Stefanie Brickman