The Artesian HotelBy Lindsey Davidson
August 2, 2013
Things are changing in the heart of Murray County. Sulphur, Okla. is now the home to a new luxurious hotel rising from the beautiful Chickasaw Country landscape. Although this might be a new building, I think the most fascinating part is that the hotel brings with it an interesting backstory and a return to grandeur.
You see, the original Artesian hotel was opened in 1906, and in its prime, it was a hot spot for such celebrities and dignitaries as Dale Evans, Roy Rogers and John Wayne.
For more than 50 years, the original hotel was a premier tourism destination in Oklahoma. In 1962, a fire destroyed the magnificent hotel, and the only remains were ashes and memories – until now.
Today, I attended the ribbon cutting of The Artesian. It is so exciting to see the rebirth and revitalization process that is happening in this area.
The new hotel sits on the same historic corner as the original Artesian at 1001 W. First Street. It reflects the same look and feel of the original hotel. From the first moment you step into the lobby, you can see how special this place truly is.
This beautiful hotel has so many things to offer – from exploring the great outdoors to being pampered like royalty at a world-class resort. There are 81 guest rooms and themed suites (my favorite is the Hollywood suite). A wonderful full-service restaurant, Springs, is located on the first floor and highlights a traditional Oklahoma dinner menu and offers a full buffet on Friday and Saturdays.
My personal favorite, Sole’renity Day Spa, has everything your heart desires! Manicure and pedicure services, private and couples massages, and whirlpool tubs are just a sampling of luxurious offerings you can choose. Mom and Dad don’t worry; they have thought of it all—Little Soles Kid Spa just for your little ones so everyone can enjoy pampering.
It isn’t over yet! There is one thing left—shopping! That’s right, Sulphur is home to eight new shops at the Artesian. There are stores ranging from upscale boutiques, Oklahoma-made products, cupcakes and candy, and if you happened to forget anything on vacation—traveler essentials.
If you want to focus on relaxing rather than shopping, you could take a short walk to the Rusty Nail Winery located in beautiful downtown Sulphur. They are open Monday-Friday from 4:00-8:00 and Saturday from 12:00-8:00. This little winery is a treat that you are sure to love.
I am so excited for the town of Sulphur! This is the cherry on top to an already wonderful town. I look forward to what the future has in store! PS—if you want to stay up to date with everything Artesian, make sure to like their Facebook page!