The prison / castle itself is a great place, but little aspects let it down.
When first arriving at 3pm it was abit of a task to park in the little car lot outside the hotel with it being busy and busy inside. After a 3 hour drive from sheffield to oxford, we was told our room wasnt ready.(check out 12 & check in 3) The staff could see I was unhappy so offered us a drink each from the bar.
1/2 hour later it was ready, left my keys with reception and paid £20 for secure parking, they told me it would be put in under ground car parking.
The room was on cell block wing a, nice decent size room, 2 prison style windows with original door.
When originally booking room i added a code for valentines which was not acted upon. I can not be sure if this is because it was the weekend after valentines but was not told anyway.
We went out in the evening to a chinese on site called 'real china'. was a little expensive for a buffet and the workers was too busy talking to each other to get us drinks, we also asked to be sat in a certain place, we was told 6 people or more had to be sat there yet 2 chinese friends of his came in and was sat in the place in question! wouldnt return there.
When out i saws my car hadnt been moved to the underground car park and in the morning, it had been moved to the other side but never moved to the underground car park. There are shops on site when people can park so I could have parked there for free, yet i was still charged!!!
A friend stayed here and paid for the standard room and decribed the room which was exactly the same as the one we stayed in. not far away from where we stayed and it was £40 difference.
All in all, a nice place, can say ive been. but we paid £265 for 1 night room only and 'secure' parking (this didnt include breakfast) so a little let down and i feel majorly overpriced.
It was an experience but wouldnt return for this price.
TIP- Go down stairs on wing and far corner is a original cell as was in 1850s!
- 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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