First settled during the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889, the city of Norman has grown to be the state’s third-largest city. Located just 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, Norman’s latest lodging offering, NOUN Hotel, lies close to Campus Corner and University of Oklahoma, accessible to local shopping and dining options.
The four-story boutique property features 92 guestrooms and suites, including 24 king rooms and 66 double-queen rooms. Community spaces feature 3,900 square feet of meeting rooms, a banquet patio and event rooms. Dining curated by Chef Greg Lopez includes a menu of modern American fare and regional flavors served at the bistro-styled Supper Club, where drink choices include craft cocktails and spirits to accompany lunch, dinner and weekend brunches (book the Chef’s Table, which seats up to 10). Social spaces also include the second-story ONE Bar with indoor and outdoor seating, and a TV wall with more than a dozen televisions for enjoying your sports game of choice.
What to do in Norman? The city’s extensive parks and recreation system includes 64 neighborhood and community parks, along with a golf course, tennis and pickleball courts, four disc golf courses and an expansive swimming complex fitted with waterslides and a wading pool. E-scooter rentals are available from multiple operators including Bird, Lime and Veo.
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