My husband and I just spent 2 nights at the Old Parsonage. We were interested to try it after their major renovation and our experience was mixed. The staff was up-beat and very focused on good service. On the other hand they are a bit green, but we expect this will improve with time. The meals (2 breakfasts & 1 dinner) were tasty though not perfect and quite pricey. The one serious downside of our stay was our room. We had Room 29, which is at the top of a long, narrow winding staircase and includes 3 doorways under 5 1/2 feet high. We managed to bang our heads multiple times, finally resorting to hanging clothes over the doors to remind ourselves to duck. It was also up 2+ flights of steep, winding stairs - especially challenging at the end of the day. The up-side was a huge, luxurious bathroom (double sink, claw-footed tub AND glass enclosed shower), but that wasn't enough to compensate for the room and its location. If you do choose to book at the Old Parsonage, we suggest you don't book Room 29.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ranked as the best hotel in Oxford, the 17th century Old Parsonage is situated in the heart of this historic city at the end of the beautiful boulevard St Giles. The recently completed restoration combines the original charm and character of the building with the very latest comfort, amenity and technology available today. The Old Parsonage restaurant and bar, famous for its intimate, bohemian, clubby atmosphere, serves classic British food with a modern, light touch. Open every day of the year, breakfast, lunch, dinner and our famous afternoon teas can be enjoyed in the company of Oxford's academic and literary elite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Old Parsonage