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Marcus Hotels & Resorts Announces the Reopening of The Skirvin Hilton Hotel on June 22 and the Appointment of Skip Harless as General Manager

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 22, 2020-- Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized hotel owner and management company and division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), today announced the AAA-Four Diamond rated Skirvin Hilton Hotel will reopen on June 22, 2020. In addition, the company announced that Skip Harless has been promoted to general manager of the hotel.

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Skip Harless, General Manager, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel (Photo: Business Wire)

Skip Harless, General Manager, The Skirvin Hilton Hotel (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are thrilled to welcome our guests back to the magnificent Skirvin Hilton,” said Michael Evans, president of Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “For generations, Skirvin Hilton has been a timeless jewel in Oklahoma City, providing the highest standards of quality and service to our valued guests. During this time apart, we have worked tirelessly to create a new experience that elevates our amenities, features and traditions with advanced safety and sanitization measures. Under the experienced leadership of industry veteran Skip Harless, our team members stand ready to help create a comfortable and stress-free experience for our guests.”

In addition to Skirvin Hilton’s already high cleaning standards, the property will employ the newly-launched Hilton CleanStay with Lysol Protection Program. Among the key elements of Hilton’s CleanStay program are the following:

  • Utilizing enhanced room cleaning measures with hospital grade cleaning products. Once the room is verified to meet the CleanStay standards, a Hilton CleanStay Room Seal will be placed on the door.
  • Placing disinfecting stations, with wipes and hand sanitizer, throughout the property.
  • Cleaning of public and team member areas at scheduled intervals, including frequent maintenance of high-touch areas like elevators and bathrooms. Commercial-grade Lysol products will be used.
  • Encouraging guests to use digital check-in for a contactless arrival experience.
  • Implementing physical distancing measures throughout the property, directing guests on how to enjoy all Skirvin Hilton has to offer in a safe and convenient way.
  • Ensuring all team members wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

An experienced industry veteran, Skip Harless has more than 32 years of hospitality experience. Harless joined Marcus Hotels & Resorts in May 2014 as the resident manager at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Most recently, Harless led the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin as general manager. Prior to joining Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Harless spent 27 years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. Harless graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead the professional hospitality team at Skirvin Hilton,” said Harless. “We are prepared and eager to welcome our guests back to the hotel, where our more than 100 years of tradition, elegance and luxury will remain apparent at every turn. As we get back to serving our guests, we remain committed to the highest standards of service, cleanliness and safety. Our doors are open, and we hope to see you soon!”

About The Skirvin Hilton Hotel 

The Skirvin Hilton Hotel originally opened in 1911 and has been synonymous with elegance and innovation for the past five generations, hosting oil barons, dignitaries, movie stars, political leaders and presidents ever since. Guests from around the globe have traveled through the downtown Skirvin Hilton to experience its unique sophistication and timelessness. In 2007, Skirvin Partners in Development and Marcus Hotels & Resorts partnered on renovating the hotel to its original glory. The reopening event was designated as an official Oklahoma Centennial event and since the renovation, the hotel has earned a AAA Four Diamond rating every year and received the Mayor’s Development Award for best downtown development.

The hotel features 225 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 20 one-bedroom suites, one presidential suite and 18,500 square feet of premier meeting and pre-function space. It is home to the upscale Park Avenue Grill restaurant and Red Piano Lounge.

The Skirvin Hilton was recognized as one of the Best Hotels in the USA by U.S. News & World Report, finishing as the #1 Hotel in Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma. The hotel remains on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Skirvin Hilton is located at One Park Avenue in Oklahoma City. For more information, please visit and follow the company on Facebook ( )and Twitter (@SkirvinHiltonOK).

About Marcus Hotels & Resorts

Marcus Hotels & Resorts owns and/or manages 19 hotels, resorts and other properties in the U.S. The company’s distinctive portfolio includes city-center meeting hotels, upscale resorts, historic properties, and premium branded and independent first-class hotels. Marcus Hotels & Resorts is an approved operator for all major lodging brands. A leader in the hospitality industry since 1962, Marcus Hotels & Resorts creates asset value for hotel owners through its expertise in management, development and product repositioning. This includes hotel food and beverage concepts developed by its Marcus Restaurant Group, featuring premier brands such as Mason Street Grill, ChopHouse, Miller Time® Pub & Grill and SafeHouse® Restaurants. For more information, please visit: and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter (@MarcusHotels).

About The Marcus Corporation

Headquartered in Milwaukee, The Marcus Corporation is a leader in the lodging and entertainment industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In addition to its lodging division, its theatre division, Marcus Theatres®, is the fourth largest theatre circuit in the U.S. and currently owns or operates 1,110 screens at 91 locations in 17 states under the Marcus Theatres, Movie Tavern® by Marcus and BistroPlex® brands. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

Erin Levzow
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Source: Marcus Hotels & Resorts

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