Sulphur — Opening ceremonies for the new Artesian Hotel Friday served as a symbol of county-wide efforts to increase tourism in the area. Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby was joined by many local officials and dignitaries who gathered to cut the ribbon on the Artesian Hotel.
The “new” Artesian honors the architecture of the original 1906 Artesian. The original hotel was an elegant destination for celebrities and dignitaries - the “social epicenter” of southern Oklahoma. The new luxury hotel and spa is built on the same historic corner as the original Artesian, 1001 W. First Street.
Like the original, the hotel is adjacent to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, known in 1906 as Platt National Park. The area is brimming with natural beauty and bubbling springs that draw thousands of visitors annually.
“Tourism has long been a major part of the Oklahoma economy and we believe this new hotel could play a significant role in Murray County’s efforts to increase tourism in this part of the state,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “The original Artesian was the centerpiece of the community for decades and it is easy to see how this new hotel could complement all the wonderful tourism opportunities this area has to offer.”
For more than a half-century, the original Artesian Hotel was a top tourist destination in Oklahoma. It attracted governors and movie stars until a devastating 1962 fire left only ashes and memories of the grand hotel.
The new, elegant Artesian encompasses more than 140,000 square feet. Guests will enjoy the broad array of first- class comforts and amenities.
The 81-room boutique hotel features a traditional bathhouse, the Springs Restaurant, a spacious banquet room, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and fitness center, the Fountain Club Lounge, full-service Sole’renity Spa the Artesian, and a variety of unique shops, cafés and restaurants.