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Old Parsonage Hotel
Ranked #2 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 June 2014

This hotel is very pleasant and the staff are full of enthusiasm. They need to be to carry your bags up the very narrow winding staircases but as long as you allow them to take the strain that is no problem.
The location just to the north of the centre near to Somerville and Keble colleges is perfectly convenient to walk around Oxford. Breakfast is served when reasonably fine on the attractive walled terrace and there is also a quiet pretty courtyard inside and a very stylish 'Library' where drinks can be served with outdoor terrace on the first floor too.
Parking tight but quite a few places. Some shuffling.
Lovely. Different style from the Malmaison (see a previous review) but comparable very high standard of decor location and excellent staff.
Space is tight in Oxford overall so these hotels charge London prices but once you use this as your marker these are much nicer in terms of location and personal attention from the staff and altogether an extremely pleasant stay.
Room very tastefully decorated and comfortable.
Breakfast allowance included in our rate was generous and breakfast was very enjoyable.
Recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

We have stayed a number of times in Oxford and used several of the top ten venues and are now
in a position to give you an insight to what we now believe is the best.
The Old Parsonage has recently opened following a major refurbishment and with millions spent in all areas of the establishment and you get a feel directly upon parking that life here should be good.
There is quality to be seen in all areas of the hotel immediately upon arriving at reception and in short order we were shown to our "Conran" designed room with excellent "King" sized bed, smart TV, internet radio Mini-bar and safe and a well-proportioned bathroom including areas to place the ever expanding variety of pills and ointments necessary for life’s full enjoyment, oh and a wonderful walk in shower with plenty of Oomph!!
After a stroll around the nearby centre of town we returned to freshen up and enjoy a very pleasant dinner in the courtyard under the sunshades and served by pleasant and not too attentive staff.
The portions whilst not suiting an athlete training for the boat race were well sized and very tasty indeed.
We were not rushed during the meal, and nor were we suffered to wait. Clever!!
A very nice breakfast taken alfresco in the morning sun rounded off our stay and checkout was easy and without "surprises"
WE shall return.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank BaddyPurt
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Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

This hotel is so cute, traditional yet contemporary and modern. The outdoor courtyard is very secluded and perfect for lunch, dinner or drinks.

All the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful during our stay.

The rooms were lovely. We were lucky to have room 34 that looked over one of the city's churches. The bed was so comfy and the duvet and sheets were so soft.

The bathroom had some lovely linen robes and a nice big shower.

Honestly recommend the smoked almonds and salted caramel chocolates from the mini bar!

The hotel also has a qwerky library with and outdoor courtyard that was beautifully lit at night.

Even though we only stayed one night, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

We were considering another hotel for our five night stay in Oxford but were urged to consider the OPH. Pre-refurbishing reviews did make us pause but are delighted that we chose to stay there. Location is ideal, near enough to walk to the centre of the city but removed from its busyness. Reception staff invariably friendly and helpful. Our room was across from the beautiful new library and roof patio and had its own small balcony overlooking a lovely grade with gazebo. Towels in the bathroom the plushest ever. Our room was immaculately clean but we did find housekeeping and dining room service inconsistent which, as another reviewer note, may be due to inexperience that could be overcome with time

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank Gail G
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

My partner and I got married yesterday at Oxford Register Office and afterwards had a 4 course lunch for 14 people in a private room at the Old Parsonage (organized in advance). Starting with champagne on the terrace, the service was great, ambience lovely and the food & wine were excellent - all guests were thoroughly relaxed, comfortable, and enjoyed the meal. The room was nicely decorated and laid out exactly as requested, and our choices respected completely. There was no hurry or pressure, and we were delighted with the experience. Thanks!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

A little cozy hotel, great stay with friendly staff, tasty food, and a strategic location! The staff are super helpful and will go that extra mile just to make your stay even more enjoyable. I have only one dislike in the hotel and that is the internet is a bit slow and there isn't coffee or tea in the room for easy access

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

I booked at the Old Parsonage entirely because of their close proximity to the Bodleian Libraries -- I had no idea what a treat a stay here would be! From the moment I drove into the parking lot, I was greeted by the staff with a friendly welcome. The building is BEAUTIFUL -- a lovely old front door, an historic fireplace in the lobby, and bags of charm in the newly remodeled rooms. Mine was on the ground floor with a little semi-private patio with a great view of the back of the church. Imagine my surprise when the church bells rang out for twenty minutes straight! What a great sound! The room itself had a very comfortable queen bed, tasteful decor, outlets near the bed (great for cpap users and those who want to charge phones), and a good-sized flat screen tv. The bathroom couldn't have been prettier: marble floors, modern sink and faucet, a really great and large shower, and motion-sensored night lights. Regarding the food, I ordered a beef sandwich and fries brought to my room, and the service was fairly quick, the food quite tasty. Breakfast was also delivered to my room, and it was timely and delicious. The only thing I can possibly think of that might be improved is the reading light over the beds -- but honestly, it's difficult to find fault anywhere at this hotel. Thanks for the great vacation! I loved it!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Old Parsonage Hotel

Address: 1 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Oxford
#2 Luxury Hotel in Oxford
#3 Family Hotel in Oxford
#5 Romantic Hotel in Oxford
Price Range: £172 - £375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Old Parsonage Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 35
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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