Ground broken for TRU hotel at Cherokee Springs Plaza

05/15/2019 12:00 PM
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The four-story, 90-room hotel will feature a mixed-use lobby for guests to work, play, eat and lounge, along with an “Eat. & Sip.” market and multifunctional fitness center. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation officials and the Tahlequah community on April 9 joined Promise Hotels representatives to celebrate the groundbreaking of a Tru by Hilton hotel at Cherokee Springs Plaza.

“This hotel will help the growth of tourism for the area and provide needed jobs to the community,” Promise Hotels CEO Pete Patel said. “With the backing of Hilton Hotels reward program, the hotel will open up the market and encourage even more travelers to visit the city of Tahlequah. We are excited about the Tru hotel development in Cherokee Springs Plaza.”

The privately owned hotel development and management company, through a ground lease, is building a four-story, 90-room hotel featuring Hilton’s newest brand.

According to a CN press release, the Tru by Hilton brand features a “vibrant and energetic design with a reimagined approach to hospitality.” Guests can experience the convenience of technology through digital check-in and room selection, digital keys and complimentary Wi-Fi, the release states.

The hotel will feature a mixed-use lobby for guests to work, play, eat and lounge, along with an “Eat. & Sip.” market and multifunctional fitness center. The Tahlequah location is on the leading edge of the brand’s presence in Oklahoma, according to the report.

“In just a few short years, Cherokee Springs Plaza has evolved from pasture land to a thriving hub of commerce, quality jobs and economic activity in the heart of Tahlequah,” Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “A new hotel, added retail and restaurants, and the forthcoming conference center mean we have more opportunities for continued growth and success at Cherokee Springs Plaza. Tahlequah, the Cherokee Nation’s capital, is a community on the move."

The Ross Group, a Tulsa-based, Cherokee-owned business, is managing the construction of the hotel that will be located just west of Seven Clans Avenue behind Taco Bueno at Cherokee Springs Plaza. The hotel is expected to be open in the spring of 2020, officials said.

For more information about Cherokee Springs Plaza, visit


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