Also known as the Big Friendly for its warm welcome, Oklahoma City boasts a wealth of charming boutique hotels. These are our favorites, which you can now book with Culture Trip.
Oklahoma City’s culture runs much deeper than its rodeo roots. Unique sites such as the Museum of Osteology (the study of bones), immersive arts collective Factory Obscura Mix-Tape and the multi-faceted Scissortail Park (buzzing with food trucks, outdoor music venues and a rollerskating rink) are as intrinsic to the city as its cowboy boots. Bed down in one of these hand-picked boutique hotels, and get to know Oklahoma’s capital.
Your first visit to OKC? The aptly named Ambassador makes for a fabulous first impression, starting with its eye-catching art deco architecture. Complete with a crackling fireplace, the lobby waiting area is so cozy you could forget to check in – which would be a shame, as the rooms are even more welcoming, with butter-soft leather armchairs, and cloud-like beds. When you’re ready to explore, just ask the concierge to ready a private car to take you on a personalized tour of the Midtown neighborhood.
Mixing 1920s chintz with the bold color-blocking of mid-century modernist design might seem like a style recipe gone wrong. But, in this historic building in the esteemed 38th Street Preservation neighborhood, it works brilliantly. And that’s not just thanks to the building’s intrinsic architectural charm – the vintage furniture pieces, cleverly clashing fabrics (think mustard velvet curtains with mint-green skirting and teal velvet armchairs) and contemporary artwork all pull seamlessly together to make for an enchanting stay.
Is it the Colcord’s prestigious location inside the first OKC skyscraper, the modern rooms with Alexa-integrated tech or simply the fresh coffee delivered daily that does it for us? To be honest, it’s all of it. And, then, there is also the eye-boggling marble foyer, the vintage elevator doors, the wood-clad seating nooks at the FLINT restaurant – we could ramble on and on. Talking of which, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, just across the street, make for a gorgeous post-dinner stroll.
This blocky redbrick building isn’t much to look at from the outside, but step into the lobby, and you’ll be bowled over – by the bold use of brassy metals, dark chocolate woods and sculptural light fixtures. What this grand-scale boutique lacks in terms of location (it’s 15 minutes north of Downtown OKC) it makes up for in good looks – and first-class facilities, including squash courts, a sauna, a huge heated outdoor pool and the stylish Ember Modern American Tavern restaurant.
The Skirvin will charm the pants off of you. Figuratively, of course, with the exception of their lovely indoor pool that’ll tempt you to dip more than just your toes in. This boutique hotel’s stately 1920s exterior opens up to reveal a grand foyer of wood-paneled walls, ornate iron balustrades and sink-in sofas. Pop on a cup of coffee in your regal-feeling room, and slip into the champagne-toned bathroom for a luxurious soak before heading down to the Red Piano Lounge for a night of cocktails and live music.
Light fare and stirred cocktails at the evening reception at the Embassy Suites will welcome you to OKC. After a few more complimentary refreshments, receive just as warm of a welcome outside on the fireside patio. You’ll forget turning into your two-room suite but will certainly remember that free breakfast is waiting for you in the morning. Need something to hold you over until the next generous reception? Walk 1mi (1.6km) to Bricktown, and spend the afternoon eating your way through industrial-chic warehouse restaurants.
You can hear the Oklahoma City Thunder from Omni OKC – and you can see them, too, if you cross the street. You can catch an NBA game at the Paycom Center if you wish, but there are few other reasons to leave this beautiful boutique hotel. The views of Scissortail Park and the skyline from your room are worth gazing at while you’re all cozy in your plush robe. The terrace pool deck offers similar sights, though you’ll want to slip into something a little flimsier. Having a rejuvenating spa and half-a-dozen restaurants at your disposal, you’ll stay put at Omni.
For more great stays in Oklahoma City, see the best hotels and the most romantic hotels in the Oklahoma capital, bookable now with Culture Trip. Or if you’re visiting with a furry friend, check out our guide to pet-friendly hotels in Oklahoma City, bookable with Culture Trip.
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