Review: The Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City, Autograph Collection, Oklahoma, USA
On my regular work circuit, I had the opportunity to stay at the Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City. The hotel was recommended by business colleagues as the place to stay while in Oklahoma City. My two night business stay would end up being a pleasant one. How did the Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma measure up?
Review: The Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City, Autograph Collection, Oklahoma, United States of America
“The Ambassador Hotel surprised with a stylish quiet upscale hotel, alongside great breakfasts and dinners in Café Cuvée”
Booking The Ambassador Hotel:
On a recent business trip to Oklahoma, I needed a place to stay near the city. This particular property was recommended by our hosts as the place to stay in Oklahoma City in the state of Oklahoma, United States of American.
The room rate was around $230 USD when I was travelling midweek in April. The best available rate I was able to locate was under the “American Automobile Association” which offered about $20 USD off the regular rates of $250 USD.
I booked this stay via the Marriott website direct. As I booked with Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite level status, I was promised an upgrade to the best available room (including suites), lounge access (where available), and a guaranteed late check out to 4 PM.
Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Awards:
The hotel offers a few rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy Suite Night Award pool. Marriott Suite Night Awards are awards give to Marriott Bonvoy Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador level members for passing certain stay thresholds. The Suite Night Awards confirm the guest into an elevated room category; typically 5 days in advance of any stay.
The Ambassador Oklahoma City Hotel by Autograph Collection didn’t really have an impressive inventory in the Suite Night Award pool. The only rooms available in the Suite Night Award Pool were larger rooms that consisted of larger guest rooms. The hotel doesn’t have any suites available for sale. As a result, a larger room is the best option for travellers in this category.
The hotel participates in the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program. The rates under their new variable pricing ranged around 35,000 points to 39,000 points for a standard room redemption. If you value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.005 cents per point, you’d have to have a paid room rate of more than $195 USD to come out ahead redeeming Marriott Bonvoy points versus paying cash.
Getting to The Ambassador Oklahoma Hotel:
I arrived off an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle – Oklahoma City. I got to the hotel using a Hertz rental car from the Will Rogers Oklahoma International Airport. It was less than thirty minutes drive from the airport to Oklahoma City. There was a little traffic on the route between the city and the airport during the peak time period but there wasn’t any significant delays to report.
The weather during my visit was particularly stormy and rainy. As a result, I didn’t get an opportunity to fully explore the neighbourhood surrounding the hotel. There were a lot of restaurants within the immediate walking area of the hotel.
As a solo female traveller, I didn’t have many security worries about staying at this property. While I didn’t wander around the neighbourhood at night, I had no issues crossing the street for restaurants in the nearby area.
Checking into the Ambassador Hotel:
When I arrived to the hotel, I immediately self parked the car. There was a self parking garage located at the rear of the hotel accessed off the alley. I unloaded the vehicle and wandered into the hotel through the back door.
I went over to the front desk where my check in was processed.
The lobby was very welcoming and trendy. I had a great first impression and the public spaces were nicer than I was anticipating. The lobby and hotel overall were also very clean, which is something I appreciate when staying at any business hotel.
There was no line at reception. I was immediately attended to by two reception hosts. While there was no acknowledgement of my Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status (or offer of a Marriott Bonvoy Elite welcome amenity), my check in was processed quickly with everything ready to go. I ended up getting 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Welcome Bonus that posted at the end of my stay to my Marriott Bonvoy account.
While there was no mention of an upgrade from my base level room, I ended up getting an upgrade to the nicest available room category. I was assigned a Larger Guest Room – 1 – King. This was the highest level of room available at the hotel, received courtesy of my Marriott Bonvoy Titanium level status.
Through the pleasant spaces in the lobby, I noticed that the lobby contained an internet computer and printer, which would have been handy for printing off boarding passes or those last minute work materials.
I self navigated up to the room. The elevator landings on each floor even really had impressive decor, something that added a bit of personality to the hotel.
The Room: Larger Guest Room – 1 King, City view, Corner room
After checking in, I made my way up to room #405. The hallways were dim, although the decor was pleasant throughout the property.
My room #405 was located at the end of the hallway a short distance away from the elevator.
Immediately upon entering the room, there was a small foyer. Immediately ahead was the bathroom. To the left of the entry was the bedroom.
The bedroom was large and very spacious. Being a corner room, there were lots of windows making it a very bight space. It also made the room a loud room with the rain pelting against the side of the windows.
There were two occasional chairs in the corner of the room. I don’t sit on hotel chairs so I didn’t test out how comfortable they were. There would have been a view of the television from one of the chairs.
Under the television in the living room, there was a small minibar that only contained three items in it. There was no alcohol in the fridge. The fridge contained a Sprite, a Pepsi and a San Pellingrino that was chargeable at $4 USD per drink.
There were also snacks available in room that were available for purchase. There was also bottled water that was replenished daily on a complimentary basis.
The bathroom was very spacious and bright. The fact that there was a make up mirror was an added bonus. The shower was medium to high pressure with a large shower head. I also appreciated that there were robes and large format towels.
The bathroom also offered a bathtub, which was a nice feature but not something that I would have typically expected for a business stay.
The toiletries were Gilcrest and Soames branded toiletries. I used the body lotion but I didn’t use the shampoo or conditioner. It was convenient having additional Q-Tips available as spares if needed.
The room had a view of the street in front of the hotel. It was pretty quiet and there wasn’t a lot of traffic noise.
The sleep quality in the room was very good. The bed was very comfortable and the hotel was quiet. I was really pleased with the hotel as the decor was much more pleasant than the Sheraton’s, Westin’s and Marriotts I usually frequent for business travel.
Around the Property:
The Ambassador Hotel has an outdoor pool and patio. The area also offers access to the parking garage. The back door of the hotel has towel available.
The pool is a small format pool, that was under torrential rain shower while I visited.
The patio space was pleasant. Unfortunately, the thunder shower weather on my visit prevented me from really using it.
Food and Beverage:
Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Breakfast:
The Café Cuvée is the all day hotel dining restaurant and the only restaurant on the property. While it is an all day restaurant, the restaurant does take a small break between 2 PM – 5:30 PM when it is not open.
The restaurant is french oriented. I stopped by for a morning coffee. During my visit, the place was pretty empty.
I enjoyed a hamburger with blue cheese and arugula at Café Cuvée. It was well prepared and presented exactly to order.
Departing The Ambassador Oklahoma:
When it came time to depart the Ambassador Hotel, a printed copy of my bill was left under my room door in an old school kind of touch. The bill was accurate and my points posted to Marriott Bonvoy within 72 hours.
The Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City Bottom Line:
My stay at the Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City was pleasant and comfortable. The rooms were comfortable with nice furnishings. I couldn’t have asked for anything more during this stay. It will be my new first choice of hotels the next time I return to Oklahoma.