Two nights in a very unusual surroundings! We stay in a deluxe room (three cells) and it was kept in a very good condition. Bed was firm and comfy. Hairdryer, kettle, air-con all worked as expected. The room was pretty much perfect.
Breakfast was in the downstairs bar with full English offered or just standard continental. The continental was more than enough for us! There was also a bar on the third floor which was huge with nice comfy sofas and table service. My only comment here was it could have done with some background music as it did seem a little empty even with 15 people in the room.
We didn't get a chance to try their restaurant as we ate out, may be next time.
We used their parking service where a concierge takes your vehicle into the bowels of an underground car park which looked secure. Here it stayed for while we explored Oxford and all it has to offer.
The Tower Tour next door (Malmaison guests get discount) gives an excellent insight into the cities history and the jails origins. The Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museums are an absolute must. A nice escape from the busy city centre is the river - walk to the end of the High Street and a chauffeur will punt you up and down the river, quite relaxing. We took advantage of an evening without the kids and went to the Odeon cinema just 5 minutes walk which seemed tiny compared to our out of town one but nice all the same.
To summarise, a lovely hotel, a busy city, two days was simply not enough to see the highlights.
- 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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