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Presence with a Past

While the charm, history, and location may entice people through the doors of The Campbell Hotel and Event Center, it’s the luxury accommodations and first-rate service that keep people coming back.

Gina Conroy
Marc Rains
January 28, 2019

Nestled between a delicatessen and bike shop on Route 66 near downtown Tulsa sits a historic landmark most people mistake for just another storefront building. There’s nothing ostentatious about the light brown brick that lines the second story. In fact, one might call it bland, even though during the 1920s the Spanish colonial architecture was trendy. Today, most people drive past without a second glance at the building that’s been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

But if you slow down long enough, you might just catch a glimpse of the words etched high in stone — Max Campbell 1927; the building is now home to The Campbell Hotel and Event Center.

Originally named The Casa Loma Hotel, this “home away from home” welcomed weary travelers and salesmen who rode the train to the end of the line on 11th Street at Delaware Avenue to avoid the higher-priced rooms and hustle of the growing Tulsa metropolis. With spacious closets and lounges as well as a barber and beauty shop, and drug and grocery store on the floors below, it was easy to see why this hotel was a comfortable place to hang your hat for an extended stay.

“In 1927, the hotel had 34 rooms and each guest shared bathrooms,” says Diane Morrison, the general manager. “When the owner, Aaron Meek, renovated the hotel, he reduced the rooms down to 26 so each room had their own bathroom.”

After the extensive restoration and preservation of the original architecture for Tulsa’s 2011 Designer Showcase, The Campbell Hotel and Event Center opened to serve not only the weary traveler hoping for a nostalgic experience, but locals looking for first-class accommodations rich in Oklahoma history.

Morrison, who’s been with the hotel for four years, loves that this luxury boutique hotel with two modern event centers still offers the quaintness and history of the original hotel.

“We still have the same original hardwood floors and some older tubs and décor, but each one of our rooms is not like the typical hotel room,” says Morrison. “They are individually decorated by some wonderful designers.” 

The renovations included commissioning over 40 local designers who brought their unique vision to the rooms. With Oklahoma history themes including décor from 1920s art déco to the history of Bama Pies all wrapped up in a luxury suite, there’s a taste and style for everyone.

Today, the hotel attracts smaller conventions, weddings, family reunions, anniversary parties, and even locals on stay-cations as well as a number of international travelers interested in traveling the historic Route 66. 

“TU parents come in for graduations and homecoming games and fill the hotel,” says Morrison. “Most of our weddings rent out the entire place, and we give them a good rate for renting out the entire hotel and event center.”

The event centers and Campbell Boardroom are perfect for local businesses and groups to hold meetings and workshops, and entertain out-of-town guests depending upon the event and number of attendees.

The Boardroom offers privacy in a comfortable and elegant setting for a small gathering of up to 24 people, while both the Renaissance Square Event Center and Campbell Hotel Ballroom can accommodate 230-250 people.

If you’re looking for a combination of quintessential and eclectic style, the Renaissance center is your choice, while the Campbell Hotel Ballroom offers more of a classic setting for weddings or holiday gatherings.

Whatever room you stay in and wherever you choose to hold your event, your are guaranteed to have everything you need whether you’re there for the day or the weekend. And if you want to venture out into the area, the hotel is close to unique shopping, dining, and exclusive nightlife.

“The hotel has an elite bar and lounge as well as a restaurant and spa,” says Morrison.

Professional staff at the elegant Spa Maxx cater to guests and locals wanting a full spa treatment including skin care, waxing, massages, hair and nails. The hotel also offers spa day packages and romantic weekend getaways.

While the charm, history, and location may entice people through the doors, it’s the luxury accommodations and first-rate service that keep people coming back and telling their friends about their experience.

“Guests say we offer more of a relaxed and enjoyable experience, and they always tell me what a ‘hidden gem’ we are,” says Morrison.

Whether you’re an out-of-town guest exploring the Mother Road or discovering this Tulsa historic icon for the first time, one thing is certain: your visit is sure to be one you won’t forget.

The Campbell Hotel
2636 E. 11th St. | Tulsa