A conveniently located, calm, clean, and very reasonably priced bed-and-breakfast hotel with courteous and considerate staff in the heart of the buzzing Oxford neighbourhood of Jericho -- what's not to like?!? I recommend this hotel highly, particularly for the budget traveller or frequent visitor, as Oxford's hotels are generally terribly expensive and there are often two or three night minimum stays. What you will find at the Richmond is a comfortable, clean, inexpensive, and convenient place to stay. The Richmond is in the leafy but unbowed suburb of Jericho, which gives the traveller first-hand insight into why this colourful and lively Oxford neighbourhood is a sentimental favourite for students and professionals and old-timers alike. Staying at the Richmond will give you a better idea of what it's really like to live and study in Oxford than spending your time (and money!!!) at the Randolph or one of the high-street hotels. And for all you Americans out there, this is the neighbourhood where both Bill and Chelsea Clinton lived during their Oxford studies.
LOCATION: The Richmond is a stone's throw from the colleges, city centre, and Port Meadow. Keble, St John's, the Ashmole, and the Pitt-Rivers are all a five-minute walk; Wellington Square is a couple of minutes up the road; Oxford University Press is literally around the corner; the city centre via Wellington Square and St John Street is a leisurely ten minute stroll: for a real treat, take a walk on Port Meadow, which is a ten minute walk from the hotel into the open countryside with access to beautiful walks on the Isis and the glories of the Perch, St Margaret's Church, Binsey, and the Trout to follow -- this is the heart of Inspector Morse and Lewis Carroll territory. Much to explore -- so don't forget your walking shoes!!!
WHAT YOU GET: An inexpensive, clean, comfortable ensuite room with telly and fridge, desk, and a comfy chair, plus breakfast. However, this is not your typical English B&B -- no chintz to be found here! The hotel has a fun and funky twist as it is set above a popular Lebanese restaurant. The staff and proprietors are from Lebanon, and the service, breakfast, and furnishings in the rooms all delightfully reflect this. The courtesy and hospitality of the staff and proprietors are charmingly old-world and kindly. For breakfast, one has a choice between scrambled eggs, omelet, or a full Lebanese breakfast. Also, toast, tea, coffee, OJ, and a variety of cereals. I usually opt for a smaller version of their Lebanese breakfast: generous servings feta or halloumi cheese, yogurt, hummus, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, olives, pita bread, and olive oil. A great way to start the day! The omelet is, likewise, excellent!
THE RESTAURANT: If you want to dine at the restaurant downstairs, do plan ahead as the place books out quite quickly -- especially on weekends.
I was dismayed to read the two perhaps stridently negative reviews received by this wonderful little bolt-hole: perhaps these people were expecting chintz and full English breakfasts, but their reactions sound OTT from where I'm standing. I've stayed at the Richmond twice and I've also put up friends there over the years. The only complaint I've heard was from an American friend well over six-feet tall. He mentioned that his bed was not long enough -- but otherwise he had a fine stay.
I hope this gives you a good idea of what to expect when you stay at the Richmond. It's the best-kept secret in Jericho!
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