Fabulous & unusual hotel in a brilliant location.
Unfortunately we had the rock-hard mattress and flat pillows, which didn't make for a hugely comfortable nights sleep. Maybe they were going for authenticity, but the previous inmates didn't have to pay the sort of price that we did for the privilege! If padding was available for our cell, they could have let us know.
And they missed some really small touches that would have made our stay so much better - a foot towel to stand on when getting out of the bath or shower, conditioner in addition to the shampoo, a hotel directory giving basic information on available facilities & times and maybe a little of the history of the building. And serving spoons for side dishes in the restaurant! Very small quibbles, but sometimes little things make a big difference.
Minor irritations aside, it is a great conversion of a historic building and the food in the restaurant was excellent. I would love to stay there again (but would ask for the padding to soften-up that bed!)
Take a tour of the castle and D-wing next door - hotel guests get a discount.
- 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