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“Location can't be beat” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Old Bank Hotel
Ranked #1 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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81 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Location can't be beat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2009

So many great things to say about this hotel! The location couldn’t be better, right on Oxford High St. and within walking distance of shops, pubs, restaurants, schools, churches, etc. There’s also a complimentary car park right behind the hotel (it’s a bit hidden and easy to miss the signs – it’s off of Merton, then right on Magpie).

The room was incredibly spacious and decorated nicely. The hotel has a unique modern art collection so there are interesting pieces throughout the hotel and in the rooms. There was a good-sized desk and chair, and complimentary wi-fi is available. The bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in.

The bathroom was also surprisingly spacious and had Ren toiletries. There’s a warning posted in the bathroom about the hotel’s high water pressure, and it is (in a good way).

The staff at check-in/out was pleasant. We arrived much earlier than the official check-in time and they had no problem letting us in our room early.

I doubt you could find a better base for exploring Oxford. I'd definitely stay again!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2009

We returned to the Old Bank following a week there earlier in this year (May 09). This time we visisted with our family to celebrate our daughters birthday. Our party included various age groups inc teenagers, parents and grandparents. The Old Bank catered for us all, taking into account accomodation and food.

We requested 3 rooms on the front of the hotel and a specific table for our evening meal. We visited for the weekend to include the Jazz on Sunday Evening.

We arrived early in the morning and we parked our cars - we left our cases at the hotel and spent the day in Oxford. The carpark was free other hotels in the city charge for this.The hotel rang us on our mobiles when our rooms were ready. The rooms were very clean and beautifully decorated - good size bathroom with nice white fluffy towels and nice bathroom toiletries and bath robes.

The Jazz in the Quod was excellent and was on for 2 hours (5 -7pm). I asked for a table by the large front windows which they arranged. The resurant was buzzing and the atmospere was very good. We all ordered different food and each meal was delicious. The wine was well priced for a city hotel.

We had a fabulous weekend and this was due to the excellent service, accomodation and food. I have read the negative comments made by a previous person and I totally disagree. I would recommend this hotel to friends and look forward to returning very soon.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Norwich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2009

We stayed for 3 nights during August in a Deluxe Room. Overall we had a great time. Oxford itself is a fantastic place, and a great city break. The hotel is the perfect place to use as a base to explore the city, and to enjoy just lounging around or drinking in the bar.

We had no problems finding the car park (like others have mentioned). Upon arrival the setting was lovely, and hotel staff competent. Our room seemed perfect for our needs, with a nice view towards Christ Church at the rear of the hotel. The overall unique, comfy feel in the lobby/restaurant bar areas, spanned into the bedroom. The decor was nice, and not too over the top, or trying too hard.

Although we originally planned to try and eat at the restaurant, after reading the good reviews, the alternate options always outweighed any need for lunch or dinner at the Quod. Perhaps in any normal city, the Quod would stand out, but not in Oxford! There are just too many good places for food, and you're spoilt for choice. Especially if you're only around for a few nights. We ate at Jamie Olivers italian, and Raymond Blancs Les Manoir aux quat Saisons. Yet didn't get chance to try Chiang Mai Thai, Gee's, Le Petit Blanc, Aziz Pandesia or a whole host of others. For lunch, a few doors down from the hotel, and opposite in the Covered Market, there are some unique, and great food outlets - all organic, all tasty, and great value for money. Next door, the patisserie sells great french pastries, and a better option than having breakfast at the hotel.

We had breakast included, so we obliged. Overall very good. Breakfast is a tried and tested formula, the same pretty much everywhere. Quod is no exception, with a contemporary twist - which i wasn't sure whether it worked or not. The Continental style breakfast was great - good cheese, ham, cereals, fruit, bread, toast, croissants. The English was ok - sure the bacon and sausages were 'quality produce' but not necessarily tasty. Sometimes you can't beat a pub or B&B style English. Having cherry tomatoes, and garnish (coriander?) looked great on the plate, but I missed something more traditional. Also, there was no sweet pastries available (like plenty of other hotels I've stayed in have) - where were the pain au chocolats, or danish's? Even more argument to go next door to the patisserie.

We had a drink in the bar a few nights - this was good. Great atmosphere, even early in the week. Quite pricey, but as is all of Oxford.

We enjoyed our 3 nights in the room, just a few gripes. The bedding is all Goose Down. Now, even though some deem this as luxurios, my wife and I are part of the 1 in 3 who get allergies, and Goose Down in not anti-allergenic. So we had to get it all changed - the staff alluded that they'd done a complete change many times before - no surprise! The hotel calls itself a "boutique hotel", but having stayed in plenty of boutique hotels, there's hardly any aspect that could live up to this - it's just a standard hotel. The bathroom products are measily. Shampoo, Cream, Bath Gel. Nothing else. Hotel has no spa. Boutique? The lighting in the bedroom is good, with controls and dimmer for all lights - but not in the bathroom. Now, this normally wouldn't be a problem, but the bathroom lights are bright, and there's a spotlight directly over the bath, which spoils reading/relaxing. Shame. Also, there's no support handle to get out of the bath, which is actually quite tricky. They've gone to the trouble to put a Flat Screen LCD in the bedroom, but the selection of TV channels is poor, our TV reception was very poor, the TV stopped working when the cleaners vacuumed, the reception is analogue not digital, and where the TV is widescreen, the picture has been hardcoded as 4:3. Watching TV was v poor experience, day or night. Though if I'm paying for a quality TV unit, I'm expecting the overall TV service to be just as good.

Which brings me onto price. The hotel is certainly not value for money. If the rate was about half the price, I'd give the place 5 stars, and live with the minor gripes. But for the rate we paid, (even discounted in their summer deal), the quality and postive aspects just don't match. Indeed other hotels in the area are of similar price, but staying in Oxford in a simple B&B would yield just as good holiday results. Purely on price, I'd not stay again.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2009

Just got back from a two night visit to The Old Bank Hotel and can safely say it's one of the best hotels I've stayed in.

The room was exceptionally clean and well maintained and will excellent amenities. The beds were ludicrously comfortable and all the bed linen was like new.

All the staff we came across, Reception, Chambermaid, Restaurant and Bar, were all exceptionally friendly and professional and the level of service was incredibly good.

The restaurant was excellent and great value, offering a very informal setting (the courtyard terrace was particularly charming), an interesting menu with truly excellent quality ingredients. We dined there for breakfast, lunch and dinner - I've never stayed in a hotel where I really don't want to eat anywhere else in town!

Overall I can't recommend it enough for a visit to Oxford.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jset
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UK
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2009

We stayed for 2 nights on a last minute booking. Hotel was clean, comfortable with soft squishy bed and pillows. Our room overlooked the courtyard which was very pleasant, especially if you like Jazz on a Sunday evening (we don't, but that didn't spoil or stay at all). Would definitely visit here again.

The only downside was actually locating the car park. We had to contact the hotel to ask for directions, even our sat nav tried to take us down streets without accessibility.

Hotel is in a brilliant location within minutes walking distance of most amenities. Would recommend a visit to Christ Church college and cathedral on an overcast morning.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank connycm
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Wiltshire, England
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2009

We stayed here for one night during a weekend break to Oxford. The hotel met our expectations and we couldn't fault the cleanliness, amenities or friendly staff and the location in central Oxford was perfect. The room was a reasonable size for a city centre hotel and it was fairly quiet too. The decor was maybe a little drab for our tastes (olive grey paintwork) but at least it was all clean and tidy. One warning though - if you stay in a top-floor room like we did then mind your head! Our room had a sloping ceiling and I managed to crack my head on the ceiling when I stepped backwards in the shower over the bath. Probably my own fault but there weren't any signs up to remind you. We opted to eat breakfast in a Patisserie just up the road rather than spend the extra on the hotel breakfast, and I'm glad we did as they did some very nice croissants for much less than the hotel were charging (which was about £12 each for a continental buffet).
One other thing to note in case you don't know Oxford: it has the worst traffic system I have ever come across and you will get lost! Even with the help of a sat-nav it was quite difficult, part of this was due to roadworks in the centre at the time of our visit, but mostly it was down to the bus-only routes. The hotel does have a small car park at the rear of the hotel and you have to navigate the back steets to find it. We opted to stop in a bus stop at the front of the hotel and ask at reception for directions.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank calnekev
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England
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2009

I stayed here with friends in August and had a great time! Staff were extremely helpful and efficient, from booking taxis to suggesting places to visit in the area. They couldn't do enough to help us. The rooms are lovely - small but very nice. Bathrooms are stylish and spotless. Lovely comfy beds and fluffy towels and crisp sheets.

The service at Quod restaurant was consistently slow and surly and the food was nothing to shout about. We had dinner, two breakfasts and afternoon tea there over a weekend and were amazed at the bad attitude of the staff. One member of bar staff was great but the rest were moody and unhelpful.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EnglandBeach_lover
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Property: Old Bank Hotel
Address: 92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Oxford
#1 Family Hotel in Oxford
#1 Luxury Hotel in Oxford
#2 Business Hotel in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Bank Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 42
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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