OK so when you pay £150 a night for a hotel room you expect a certain level of comfort and attention to detail with the service, and overall we got just that. It's certainly a distinctive setting, with the main prison hall the most impressive. We didn't actually stay in this part (tooo expensive!) but in the "House of Corrections". Our room was great, with an interesting "prison style" shower, where the floor was the shower, if that makes sense. I would echo what others have said though about there being little or no wardrobe space, about enough for one night's stay, but not much else. We loved the little touches and the quirky stuff like the Do Not Disturb sign which says "I Want to Be Alone" and all that. I would say that the room was on the cool side (for my wife anyway, in September) and there's a little portable electric heater in the room, methinks that in the winter the room might be on the cold side. Breakfast is top quality, I had the full English and my wife tried the eggs Benedict which was highly recommended. We never ate in the restaurant as there is such a big choice in Oxford itself, however we did sample the cocktail bar, which is very plush but expensive. But hey we were away for a few days of R&R.... Service throughout the hotel was excellent, with no cause for complaint from us, though. I would recommend paying for parking at the hotel, there's very little of it (it is an old prison right in the middle of Oxford, after all) and you have to book in advance, but it is better than walking all the way from the nearest public car park and leaving your car there overnight. So overall, we felt it was worth the cost for an indulgent few days away. It seems quite popular as a business hotel too, but I just wish I worked for a company whose expense policy would stand it!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you're tired of doing hard time in run-of-the-mill hotels, it's a completely different story at our former gaol, Malmaison Oxford. Instead sip the coolest cocktails in the free world at MALBAR and enjoy an eclectic mix of classic dishes with a twist at the Brasserie, from freshly caught fish to the famous Mal Burger. Good behaviour will get you privileges like free Wi-Fi, drench showers, plasma TVs and and even toiletries that are just begging to be nabbed by light-fingered guests. This is one hotel in Oxford city centre where you'll be happy to get a long stretch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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