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Hotel Ambassador Celebrates a Decade


HISTORIC ANNIVERSARY: The Historic Hotel Ambassador building welcomes travelers in grand style 80 years after construction.



The historic Hotel Ambassador, managed by the Tulsa-based hospitality development and management unit Coury Collection, marks its 10-year anniversary this month. The anniversary is eight decades after it originally opened at 1324 S. Main St. as one of the region’s first extended-stay hotels.

“It has been extremely gratifying to experience the city’s positive response to the Hotel Ambassador over the past 10 years,” says Coury Collection President Paul M. Coury, who reopened the hotel in 1999. “We thank our loyal patrons as well as the surrounding community for supporting the resurgence of this iconic Tulsa landmark.”

The hotel will mark its exciting benchmark with a private fundraiser June 5 benefiting Street School, a tuition-free Tulsa alternative school and therapeutic counseling program. The Hotel Ambassador and the Coury Collection will match the total donations received at the event up to $10,000.

Designed by architect N.E. Peters of Kansas City and assisted by Smith & Senter of Tulsa, the Ambassador Apartment Hotel opened in 1929 under the ownership of Gen. Patrick J. Hurley, a former Secretary of War and U.S. Ambassador. Hurley built the hotel to serve as upscale housing for wealthy business travelers and oil barons awaiting construction of their mansions in Tulsa’s historic Maple Ridge area.

Since its debut, the Hotel Ambassador has been continually transformed and vacant at times. From 1949 to 1987 it experienced several ownership changes and underwent sporadic renovations. Significant changes included the addition of a 10th floor, a street-level cafeteria and a basement, which today houses the award-winning Chalkboard Restaurant. The Hotel Ambassador closed due to struggling finances in 1987.

Stepping into the boutique hotel market 10 years later, Coury purchased the abandoned and gutted property with a group of civic-minded investors. His extensive, $5.5 million restoration breathed life once again into the historic Tulsa treasure.

The Ambassador Hotel today boasts a 55-room four-star atmosphere with modern European-style amenities showcasing its original Mediterranean and Corinthian architecture. The boutique hotel continues to serve business travelers, families and individuals and is a member of the National Register of Historic Places and Historic Hotels of America.

Notable amenities at the Hotel Ambassador include wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, a fitness room, several conference areas, all-new bedding and window treatments and the Hurley Library, which houses memorabilia belonging to the hotel’s late founder.

For more information about the Hotel Ambassador, visit Hotel Ambassador

Updated 05-19-2009

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