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Old Parsonage Hotel
Ranked #1 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Peoria, Arizona
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“A special place”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

We had a wonderful experience at the Old Parsonage. The hotel reception paid attention to every detail, our room was large and the furnishings all new and beautiful. The stairs are windy but the staff carried our bags cheerfully up and down. The new library is a great spot where we took our afternoon tea. We had breakfast included and it was delicious, as were two lovely dinners. Wait staff pleasant but not intrusive. A tiny negative is traffic noise but our room had a very good air conditioning system so we shut the windows at night to block the noise. This is an absolutely lovely property, ambiance and service top notch. The free walking tour with Isabella was probably the best tour I have ever had, and I have had my share. Yes it is pricey but worth it, in my opinion.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We recently traveled to Oxford from America to visit the university, and because the Old Bank was sold out, we stayed at the Old Parsonage. The hotel was very charming and a lovely place to have a nice meal in an intimate location. The receptionists were really nice. However, the prices are extremely high for rooms called "junior suites" that are not at all suites, even by UK standards. The staircases all over the building made it hard to move our luggage to a different room, especially after traveling all night. The employees didn't move our bags because I think they were young and a bit confused. The bed was nice, but the room was too small for us to unpack, and the bathrooms were too small for putting anything anywhere. The electrical outlets were not easy to work with, either, even with adapters and converters. There weren't enough outlets. Had a breakfast been included, the amount of money we spent on the rooms wouldn't have seemed so terrible, but as I read reviews of places like the Holiday Inn down the street, I couldn't find many differences. This is a charming hotel and really lovely spot, but I just wasn't impressed by the experience, especially after traveling all night across the Atlantic to get there.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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England
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Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is a good hotel, with an excellent location. It is pricey, but that reflects the dearth of hotels in Oxford City Centre. The breakfast is good quality and the staff helpful and friendly. I'd stay here again, I just need to remember my wallet!

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed in this hotel in May 2014, the hotel is absolutely beautiful as is the decor. The staff are very welcoming and the food is delicious. Our room was tastefully decorated. It is also in a very good location, We will definitely be returning to the old parsonage!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2014 via mobile

Having read the previous review I agree.

The hotel is great with a mix of rustic and boutique. Food was good and the garden is great!

Afternoon read very good some of the service needs some personalisation

The location is good very close to the town centre. A moments walks away from all the action. There is a quaint church next door.

Room was very small for the price so loses one star. Very difficult to walk around especially if you are a couple.

Stayed June 2014
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Booked 2 rooms , double for my teenage daughter £330 a night and a suite for my wife and I £440 a night.
Come to oxford often and have stayed in all the decent hotels , Randolph, malmaison and the bank ( sister hotel to this one)
Oxford hotels are all expensive , just the way it is , but for this money you expect it all to be excellent.

What's good

Hotel itself has been excellently refurbished all very nice , including library and outdoor sitting area
Room furnishing really are top drawer
Staff friendly
Location
Parking available ( call to reserve as not many spaces)

What's not so good
For £440 a night for a suite , I expected a suite , not one room with a sitting area
No tea/ coffee making facilities , I think hotel feels it's too posh to provide a kettle , at least put in a coffee machine.
Only been open 2 months since refurb, and feels like it's not all bedded in yet
We were shown to wrong room , which had been made up with 3 beds and had to wait until they found our correct room.
Had to wait ages to check in as the 2 members of staff appeared to be learning how to check people in
At 10pm called to reception for some tea to be delivered ( no kettle remember ) after 2 attempts , gave up as no one answered the phone.

Despite the gripes , this is a nice hotel , but not worth the money yet..............

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

We had a very enjoyable stay at the Old Parsonage. The central location is ideal for exploring the city centre and our room was very comfortable. It definitely has a boutique feel to it, and the soft sheets, plush pillows, enormous fluffy bath towels and Noble Isle bath products were a real treat.

My one complaint about the Old Parsonage is the price. I know it's Oxford and prices are high everywhere in the city centre, but honestly, I do not think the price we paid for our room was justified. Based on our experience there, I would have expected the room to be between £100-£140 cheaper than the rate we paid. A Saturday night stay there makes this the most expensive hotel room I have ever stayed in, beating five-star hotels I've visited in other European and Asian capitals which had far more amenities, much larger rooms, and even more central locations.

Other reviewers have mentioned the narrow, steep and winding staircases, which didn't bother us, but people with large bags, children's buggies or the elderly may find them challenging.

We also had dinner in the hotel's restaurant, which was top notch and definitely worth trying. Excellent service, high quality food and an intimate atmosphere.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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
#1 Luxury Hotel in Oxford
#3 Family Hotel in Oxford
#5 Romantic Hotel in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Parsonage Hotel 4*
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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