Ree Drummond, ‘The Pioneer Woman’, known most for her popular Food Network television series of the same name, recently opened an eight-room “cowboy luxury” hotel called The Pioneer Woman Boarding House in her hometown of Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
According to Drummond, the choice to only construct a small number of rooms was very intentional. “As we discussed the layout of the rooms, Ladd and I knew that we wanted each room to feel spacious and not give the vibe that we wanted to squeeze as many rooms out of the space as possible,” Ree Drummond said in an email. “When Ladd sketched out the possible layouts for the rooms, we realized that eight to 10 rooms was the maximum we wanted to push it. We settled on eight.”
The low number of rooms allows for each guest room to have a luxurious amount of space. The smallest room is The Photograph Room at 468 square feet. The largest being The Drugstore Room at 814 square feet.
While this is Drummond’s first venture into the hotel industry, she has several thriving businesses located in Pawhuska including a restaurant, bakery and store name The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, and P-Town Pizza Pizzeria.
“Ladd and I love Pawhuska,” she says. “Our ranch is here, and it’s our home. It wouldn’t have felt right for us to put The Mercantile in a larger city, and what I love about it is that The Mercantile gives people a reason to come to Pawhuska—but they wind up visiting the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, the Osage Nation Museum, and seeing all of what Pawhuska is about.”
Her love for her hometown and dedication to helping visitors appreciate all that Pawhuska has to offer is what ultimately drove Ree and husband Ladd to open the boutique hotel.
“Pawhuska doesn’t have much hotel space, and it was a way to extend the experience of visitors to The Mercantile,” she stated.
While it was initially her husband’s idea to open the hotel, both of their styles come together in the design of the hotel, both getting four rooms to decorate to their taste.
The suites include The Emerald Room with bright green accents; The Butterfly, The Boudoir with burgundy velvet furniture, sparkly chandeliers and glossy black paneled walls; and The Ranch, Prairie, and Tack Rooms that all have heavy cowboy theme.
While style and decoration are important, in the end, Drummond acknowledged that the true key to success in hospitality comes from having a great team.
“We have an incredible–albeit small–staff that is so committed to making our guests feel welcome.”
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