History & Location

Make History. Make It The Mayo.

The Mayo brothers -- Cass A. and John D. -- had a vision for a first-class hotel in downtown Tulsa; build a hotel that would exceed the expectations of even the most discriminating travelers with opulent details and luxurious accoutrements.

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After hiring architect George Winkler, who designed the building, The Mayo Hotel opened in 1925 and instantly became the social hub of high society. The Mayo played host and was home to notable guests throughout the 20th century, including President John F. Kennedy, Bob Hope, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Charlie Chaplin and famous oilman J. Paul Getty.

The Mayo hotel was the  tallest building in the city from 1925 to 1927 with a 19-story tower, and  600-hotel rooms was also a shining example of the Mayo brothers' foresight and uncompromising attention to detail, boasting the most modern amenities of its time including ceiling fans in each room and Tulsa's first running ice water. The Mayo Hotel was and still is known as the place to host a plethora of events, from local proms, to fashion shows, and even star-studded receptions in the famous Crystal Ballroom.

After closing its doors in 1981, over the years the hotel fell into disrepair. Although it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, it sat vacant for nearly 30 years. Many feared it was doomed for the wrecking ball, until The Snyder family of Tulsa stepped in set out to restore the hotel to its former glory, undertaking the project with the same passion and determination as the Mayo brothers themselves.

After a $42 million dollar historic renovation, the Mayo Hotel re-opened its doors in late 2009, which jump started the revitalization of Downtown Tulsa. A remarkable historic renovation restored the hotel to its original luster, with 102 hotel rooms, 76 luxury residences and the most fabulous event spaces in Tulsa perfect for hosting the largest or most intimate weddings, social events, parties, conventions or business meetings.

Our Location

The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is conveniently located in the heart of downtown and surrounded by Tulsa’s best in shopping, dining, concert Venues and entertainment districts.

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Area Events

No matter what brings you to Tulsa, Make it The Mayo.


Tulsa boasts prominent performances of ballet, opera, and musicals in state-of-the-art event venues. Ask an experienced Mayo Hotel Team member to assist you in securing the hottest tickets to the latest events and shows at the BOK Center or Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

From world-class festivals and charity events to holiday favorites, the Tulsa events calendar is always packed with lots to see and do. See what's happening on your next Tulsa vacation, or start planning one right now.

Upcoming Tulsa events include: