The Ambassador Hotel Collection and its predecessor The Coury Collection, established in 2000, specializes in restoring historic buildings to their original grandeur, creating upscale luxury boutique hotels. Founder Paul M. Coury’s entry into the luxury hotel market occurred in the mid-1980s, with Coury providing consulting services to hoteliers and reconditioning several properties around the United States. In 1988, he acquired his first boutique hotel, The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, OK.
In 1995, Coury’s challenge become more personal – he purchased a dilapidated yet architecturally striking building in downtown Tulsa, and at a cost of $10 million, renovated the historic structure maintaining its original architectural details and beauty. In 1999, the building was opened as the Ambassador Hotel, the city’s finest luxury boutique hotel. Listed with The National Register for Historic Preservation, the hotel’s consistently high occupancy rate is evidence that travelers want a unique and personalized experience with high-quality products, services, and dining.
With this in mind, Coury pursued other historic building renovations, leading him to the Colcord building in Oklahoma City. With its amazing façade and prime location, Coury saw the potential for a stunning high-end boutique in the heart of the city. He acquired the property and poured $15 million into transforming the site into the renowned, glamorous hotel that exists today.
Coury’s reputation with historic sites was quickly established, creating a demand for his expertise. In 2006, Coury accepted an invitation to become investor and manager of the historic Ashton Hotel in Fort Worth, TX. A major renovation was implemented with Coury’s own design vision.
Subsequently, other additions to the Ambassador Hotel Collection portfolio included the historic Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK, designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and the McBirney Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Tulsa, OK.