Formerly overlooked, Oklahoma City is firmly back on the travel map. With trendy boutiques, deluxe skyscrapers and super-chic inns, the city’s hotel scene is leading the charge.
Oklahoma City is bouncing back and the fruits of this labor are showing up in the form of festivals, sports, art galleries and museums, culinary outposts, outdoor activities and more. Whether you’re heading to the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Scissortail Park, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum or simply enjoying the city’s classic Midwestern charm, there’s hotels to suit all tastes. Here’s our selection of the best places to stay, all bookable with Culture Trip.
21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City - MGallery
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Located in a former Ford Motor Company assembly plant along Film Row, 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City pays homage to its industrial heritage with large open spaces and restored original details including terrazzo floors, an eye-catching entry marquee and brick accents. Refined modern touches like high ceilings, steel windows and in-room Nespresso machines complete the space. The adjacent museum showcases rotating contemporary exhibits, with the art collection extending beyond the museum walls and into rooms, common spaces and Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge, the restaurant serving innovative contemporary American dishes.
Located next to the Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City’s first skyscraper is elegant from the moment guests step into its marble column-lined entryway. Historically preserved nickel and bronze elevator doors lead into chic rooms that feature pops of orange for a warm and inviting atmosphere. The Colcord Hotel delivers fresh coffee and tea daily, and guests can request extra amenities through their in-room Alexa concierge.
The city’s oldest hotel, The Skirvin blends prestigious tradition with contemporary luxury throughout its three art deco-style towers in the center of downtown Oklahoma City. Opulent chandeliers and stately mahogany furnishings decorate the charming lobby. Head to the hotel’s aptly named Red Piano Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays for live music, a glass of wine and a bite to eat.
Situated in the renovated Osler Building steps away from Midtown, the Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City pays homage to its 1920s origins with art deco architecture and preserved original finishings, like the striking brick facade. Soak up the Oklahoma City skyline at the rooftop O Bar while sharing oysters, tapas and craft cocktails before retreating to the relaxing rooms, complete with marble bathrooms and leather beds.
Located in the heart of the upscale Nichols Hills neighborhood, Renaissance Waterford serves as a relaxing respite from downtown Oklahoma City with easy access to Penn Square Mall and Cox Convention Center. The lobby offers a cozy library with gilded chairs for a touch of elegance. For the active traveler, take a dip in the outdoor pool or challenge fellow travelers to a game of racquetball at the on-site court.
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Conveniently located near the buzzing Penn Square Mall with easy access to the Oklahoma City Zoo and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, this all-suite hotel offers complimentary made-to-order breakfast and a daily evening reception. Splash around in the indoor pool or relax by the sophisticated outdoor fireside lounge. Ideal for both weekend and longer stays, suites feature plush furniture and marble-lined showers.
Full of quirky details and furnishings, Bradford House blends its rich history with modern amenities across its two buildings – the Historic Home and the Modern Guesthouse. Rooms and common spaces boast bright color palettes of pink, turquoise and green, while the on-site restaurant features a hand painted mural. Just outside the property’s wraparound porch, the courtyard – inspired by gardens of Paris and Stockholm – offers an extension of living space. Bradford House offers complimentary bikes to explore the neighborhood before drinks at the gilded bar.
AC Hotel by Marriott Oklahoma City Bricktown offers a taste of European-inspired minimalism in the booming entertainment district. From the sleek contemporary architecture to the simple, ultra-modern room design, no detail is left untouched. Rooms feature spa-like showers and oversized windows for panoramic views of the neighborhood. Sip on a craft beer alongside Spanish tapas at the AC Lounge, which hosts local musicians, artists and writers.
Nestled among the rolling countryside hills across 5 acres (2ha), WangShi China Palace offers a twist on the traditional bed and breakfast experience. Guests receive complimentary arrival beverages and daily made-to-order breakfast. For a true retreat, enjoy the property’s meandering walking trails, picnic area, fire pits, gazebo, jacuzzi and heated pool. If you’re heading to WangShi China Palace from the airport, take advantage of their complimentary limousine pickup service.
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The Sheraton Oklahoma City Downtown Hotel is steps away from the activity of the dynamic Bricktown neighborhood and connected directly to the Cox Convention Center. When you return from a day exploring the local sights and sounds, enjoy the crisp, tailored rooms or soak up the sun at the property’s outdoor pool and sun deck. Weather permitting, head to the property’s outdoor patio for drink and food specials.
These recommendations were updated on June 16, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.