Tulsa Luxury Hotels

by Andrea Whyte

Luxury accommodation in Tulsa ranges from restored historic hotels to modern international chains. Tulsa does not offer many luxury options, but those hotels that do meet this high standard do so with elegance and sophistication while bringing in a bit of Southwestern charm. Tulsa's luxury hotels are designed to suit both the business and recreational traveler.

Hotel Ambassador

The Hotel Ambassador opened in 1929 and originally catered to the influx of oil barons moving into the city who required temporary accommodation while their mansions were being constructed. After the decline of oil in Tulsa, the Ambassador declined as well, but in 1997 the hotel was rescued, and a restoration project began to return the hotel to its luxury roots. Now the Ambassador, centrally located in uptown Tulsa, provides elegant accommodation for discerning travelers. The Ambassador seeks to maintain the feel of a residence rather than a hotel. There are only seven rooms to a floor, and each room features complimentary wireless Internet, iPod docking station, refrigerator, oversize bed and Italian marble bath. Amenities include a library, spa, business center, fitness center and airport shuttle. The Hotel Ambassador frequently hosts conferences and weddings and has event planners on hand to help with arrangements.

The Mayo Hotel

The Mayo Hotel originally opened during the height of the oil boom in 1925. An 18-story building designed in the Chicago School style, The Mayo remains an impressive architectural and historical landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Past guests of The Mayo include John F. Kennedy, Babe Ruth, Charlie Chaplin and Mae West. Despite the hotel's grand beginnings, The Mayo lay abandoned from the early 1980s to 2001, when restoration began. Today guests are greeted with a return to old school luxury matched with modern conveniences, evident from a first look at the imposing original grand staircase that dominates a lobby decorated in contemporary fabrics. The 102 rooms are all suites, 43 of which feature full kitchens, with several looking over the Arkansas River. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, spa services, wedding and meeting spaces, and an on-site cafe and fine dining restaurant.

Hilton Tulsa Southern Hills

Located across the street from Oral Roberts University, the Hilton Tulsa Southern Hills boasts luxury accommodation in a convenient location for those wishing to explore Tulsa's culture and sites. Area attractions include the Oklahoma Aquarium, River Spirit Casino, Big Splash Water Park, Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum, and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The Hilton's 286 guest rooms are designed for comfort, with all rooms featuring wireless Internet and premium cable, and suites offering whirlpool tuba, wet bar and select complimentary beverages. Amenities include a business center, fitness center, pool and lounge. Pets and children are welcome, as the hotel seeks to appeal to Tulsa vacationers as well as business travelers. An on-site bar and grill offers casual cuisine, or guests can take advantage of the 24-hour room service.

Crowne Plaza Tulsa

The Crowne Plaza Tulsa offers upscale accommodation in a central downtown location. The Crowne Plaza is adjacent to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and only a few blocks away from the BOK Center Arena, Tulsa Convention Center and Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame -- a location that may appeal both to business travelers and those looking to explore Tulsa's cultural scene. The Crowne Plaza offers 455 guest rooms and five large executive suites. Upgraded guest rooms on the Crowne Concierge Levels feature complimentary wireless Internet, whirlpool tubs and an exclusive lounge. Rooms are designed with comfort in mind, and the Crowne even offers a sleep package featuring restful extras like lavender linen spray. Amenities include a day spa, indoor pool, fitness center, business center and jogging trail. The Crowne Plaza also features ballrooms and banquet hall facilities and specializes in luxury weddings.

About the Author

Andrea Whyte has worked as an academic and commercial writer since 2005. She has contributed to the "Canadian Film Encyclopedia" and written informative articles as a copywriter for a major Internet-marketing firm. Whyte holds a Master of Arts in cinema studies from the University of Toronto.