The two of us stayed at this hotel for three nights in a twin room. The tariff was £245 a night for bed breakfast and parking.
Best things: the very central location on the High Street; the extremely helpful reception and room service staff; the parking behind the hotel where they simply leave you to park up and don't ask for your keys to shunt the cars about (contrast this with the Mercuri hotel down the street); the quality of food and standard of service at breakfast.
Disappointments: our top floor room had good views and a spacious bathroom but the bedroom itself was cramped and had little wardrobe space; even on moderately warm April nights it was stuffy: we certainly wouldn't have wanted to be sleeping there on a hot summer night; finally, although a full breakfast was included in our tariff, there were some complicated charging arrangements whereby you could incur a surcharge for a certain level of cooked breakfast: the waiting staff seemed vague about these charges and they struck one as petty on a £245 a night rate.
Oxford is so charismatic that it's very difficult for the city's hotels to live up to it. I don't think the Old Bank is ideal but then the city's centre is never going to yield up the green field site where that ideal could be created. So within the range of luxury hotels available the Old Bank is well worth considering, especially if you need car parking. And I can't overemphasise the helpfulness of the staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the High with place to park and between Oxford’s most famous colleges, Merton, University, All Souls and Oriel. Step out of the hotel onto one of the worlds most beautiful streets and you are amongst the best of Oxford’s shopping, theatres, libraries and gardens.This Georgian, stone building has forty two luxury bedrooms, all air-conditioned with marble bathrooms, great views, the latest technology and Stimulating twentieth century paintings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Bank Oxford
- Hotel Old Bank