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“Beautiful, serene and relaxing retreat in the heart of Oxford”

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Vanbrugh House Hotel
Ranked #3 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful, serene and relaxing retreat in the heart of Oxford”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

This small boutique hotel is so lovely -- everything, from the decor in muted hues to the plush sofas, beds, and pillows, creates a truly relaxing atmosphere! Although this hotel is on one of Oxford's central (and often rather noisy) streets, Vanbrugh House has done a great job of creating an ambience of seclusion and comfort. We'd highly recommend this hotel to Oxford visitors looking for a more intimate, but high quality hotel experience. The breakfast was delicious as well, served in the hotel's small basement restaurant, which has been decorated and laid out in such a way as to create ample dining space out of a small room. The overall theme of the Vanbrugh House seems to be doing a lot with very little space. It's got great character, despite being rather new. The staff are unbelievably friendly and very willing to help with anything at all. We loved our experience here!

Room Tip: Rooms facing the road (St. Michael's street) can be a bit noisier.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, 8 September 2014
Dear Toki04,

Thank you so much for your 5 star review. Here at Vanbrugh House it is our intention that our guests leave with a lasting impression of a hotel that offers a high level of customer service and guest satisfaction, comfort, and with a central location in peaceful surroundings. Having read your review I feel we have achieved this.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Vanbrugh House Hotel.

Kind regards

David Robinson
General manager.
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Didn't stay at the hotel but enjoyed the afternoon tea. The service was very good and the quality of the food with a glass of house champagne was thoroughly enjoyed. We sat outside in the courtyard which was OK but it felt like the courtyard could be improved for a hotel of this standard. We used a Groupon offer which enabled us to have the tea for £19.50 for a couple which is a bargain.

Stayed August 2014
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1 Thank Sean G
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear Sean G,

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. I am really pleased you enjoyed your afternoon tea at Vanbrugh House. I am glad you found both the food and service to the high standard intended.

We look forward to welcoming you again to Vanbrugh House Hotel.

Kind regards

David Robinson
General Manager
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2014 via mobile

Nice hotel and with a good bed. Nicely layed out. Friendly staff. Very good breakfast. We stayed here when the weather was around 20 ' C, never the less the room was quite warm; opening the windows was partly possible, so this room needs definitly airconditioning.......

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear Tineke U,

Thank you for taking the time to write. I am pleased to read that you found the staff friendly and the breakfast was very much to your liking.
As mentioned in previous reviews, being a grade 2 listed property we were not permitted in the planning stages the installation of air conditioning. However, we are now back in talks with the planning authority to try and rectify this matter.

We do hope to see you again soon at Vanbrugh House.

Kind regards

David Robinson
General Manager.
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Perth Australia
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44 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

My expectations for VanBrugh were high as I'd enjoyed my stay in April but I just loved it this time. The staff should run hospitality courses which I'd make compulsory for the mediocre accommodation providers I stayed with during my 2 weeks in Europe. They get customer service and my 2 night stay was worth every cent.

Our room (28) was more spacious than the earlier room and despite the lack of AC (as a historic property they can't get approval for cooling AC) with the window open was comfortable. We booked on a room only basis but had breakfast one morning and this time I thought it was good value for money.

I can't think of a better place to stay in Oxford - comfortable, good location and feel good.

Room Tip: The rooms facing St Michael's St can be noisier at night so if you prefer request a room on the...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear Torvie,

Thank you so much for your review and I am so pleased you enjoyed your return visit. Your
kind words really are praise indeed and will most definitely be passed on to the team. At Vanbrugh House we work so hard on customer service and guest satisfaction, so your comments are greatly appreciated.

We look forward to your next visit to Vanbrugh House.

Kind regards

David Robinson
General Manager
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I got married in Oxford and my family stayed here. I had the vicarage suite and it was brilliant. The staff looked after my grandmother very well, who had her own garden to sit in. We also ate at the restaurant which was very good. Thank you.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, 23 August 2014
Dear AilH8,

Thank you so much for your 5 star review. I am so pleased that you chose Vanbrugh House for your wedding accommodation and that you were all looked after to the high standard intended. Your Grandmothers room, The Nicholas Hawksmoor, does indeed have its own terraced garden, perfect for these summer months.

We hope to see you all again soon at Vanbrugh House.

Kind regards

David Robinson
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Bristol
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2014

Very pricey but good ast what it does. Staff are fantastic, rooms comfortable. Falls down a bit on communal areas .,.., reception/lounge is small. Breakfast room / brasserie is pokey and basic. At a third less money, it would be wonderful.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, 21 August 2014
Dear Hobbler,

Thank you for taking the time to write. I am really pleased to hear that you found the team at Vanbrugh House 'fantastic', we take great pride in our customer service.
In terms of pricing, I feel the rates are competitive within the Oxford market and by far not the most expensive. I do understand the importance of value for money for our guests and appreciate your comments all the same.

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David Robinson
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181 reviews
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Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

We booked for just 1 night stay, and what a fabulous hotel this is... Reception was very efficient and welcoming, the ladies on reception are professional helpful knowledgeable and proficient, who after check-in took us to our room and showed us everything!

Our room was classy, an obviously historic wooden panelled room that had been decorated and fitted with all the modern amenities whilst retaining the character and 'feeling of history' that was apparent. The bathroom was great, a nice quality feel about everything, the towels and robes are as luxurious as they come! The bed was very comfortable, the linen was perfect. The room and hotel was spotless throughout.

The excellent breakfast was served in the small Restaraunt downstairs, which also has an outside seating area.

This hotel is only a few metres away from the bustling Main Street, the only downside is vehicular access to oxford centre, but this applies to everyone. We parked on the seagate park and ride, just £2 for 24hrs and the bus stop around 100m walk away.

This hotel is great and we look forwards to staying here again!

Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, 16 August 2014
Dear Craigside,

Thank you so much for your 5 star review . It is pleasing to read that the hotel was very much to your liking and I do appreciate your comments regarding housekeeping and the quality of our linen products. These factors are just so important within our hotel and ones which sometimes can be taken for granted. I will be passing your comments on to the team members concerned.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Vanbrugh House.

Kind regards

David Robinson
General manager
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Property: Vanbrugh House Hotel
Address: Vanburgh House 20-24 St. Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vanbrugh House Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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