Was really looking forward to coming here; a renovated Victorian prison should be an amazing hotel experience and we'd promised ourselves a stay for ages. In general it was ok but somehow we left rather underwhelmed. The staff, in particularly at front desk, were all excellent though. The rooms, made from three former cells with an authentic cell door and whitewashed walls, we're great, as were the prison walkways on each floor. The outer building was of course very impressive too. But something is missing. Firstly, it's getting tatty and worn now and must be due a refurb. The standard of cleanliness isn't as good as it should be at this price point - we changed room because of it. The in-room toiletries and refreshments are a bit low rent too. And there is an odd atmosphere in the place - sterile, bland almost. Odd in such a charactful building. Things like the faux brick wall painted on hardboard near the entrance dont help - just plain tacky. And finally checkout took forever, as did getting our car back from the £20-a-night park - don't count on a quick exit. We wanted to love this place but if Disneyland did a prison-themed hotel it would probably be like this. Fun on the face of it, good staff but lacking in real quality and atmosphere. The Malmaison in Leeds was better.
- 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:
- Malmaison Oxford Castle Hotel Oxford
- Malmaison Hotel Oxford