The hotel business is not inexpensive in the UK, and Tower House is not dirt cheap either, but considering the market, it's the best you can get. The location is phenomenal: Ship Street is a tiny lane off Cornmarket St., with all major colleges in short walking distance, the Bodleian library and the Ashmolean (now regrettably closed) around the corner. On the corner of Ship St. is the oldest Oxford residence (now a Pret a Manger restaurant).
The hotel's building is an old house that lives and acts like one. It's a delight to sleep in a house like that, as opposed to faceless impersonality of a hotel. Ronel, the one-person management, was helpful and kind; the breakfasts were excellent (no cooked English breakfast, though, which you might only regret during your first days in England). The room was big enough for a small English hotel; I don't remember whether there was a phone, but who needs hotel phones these days anyway?
All in all, it was a wonderful experience and probably the best option for downtown Oxford.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tower House Hotel is a Sixteenth Century Guest House, situated on a quiet street in the heart of Oxford city centre. Oxford is a delightful city, famous for its dreaming spires, ancient University colleges and beautiful architecture. The hotel is two minutes walk from all the major tourist attractions. The Hotel has eight unique rooms, each one is individually designed and furnished with period antiques. The hotel is steeped in history, the bastion of the medieval city walls form part of the dining room and the front of the hotel overlooks Jesus College. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tower House Hotel Oxford