Greater Tulsa Reporter
The Ambassador Hotel has drawn national attention to Tulsa by being named by Trip Advisor as one of the best hotels in the United States. Trip Advisor is one of the most popular travel website companies in the world.
The Ambassador Hotel Tulsa is ranked ninth among its top 25 hotels in the nation. The number-one rated hotel is the Nantucket Hotel & Resort in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
The Ambassador Hotel, located at 1324 S. Main St., is owned by Coury Properties. The 55-room luxury hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and was the first hotel opened by Coury Properties and Paul Coury, which now owns hotels in Oklahoma City, Wichita, and Kansas City, Missouri.
The Ambassador Hotel was opened by General Patrick Hurley in 1929 to be a residence for wealthy Tulsans who were building mansions not yet ready for occupancy. (Hurley was later named Secretary of War in the Herbert Hoover administration.) The hotel went through tough times during the Great Depression of the 1930s and eventually became housing for retired seniors. It closed altogether in 1987. Coury and investors bought the property in 1999 and began a $5.5 million restoration. In October 2014, the hotel became part of the Autograph Hotel Collection by Marriott with the agreement allowing the Ambassador to retain its own identity.
The Ambassador Hotel also houses the popular Chalkboard Restaurant. The Ambassador General Manager is Andrew Mungul and the Director of Sales is Michelle Koskey.