We were in Oxford for only one night and had found that most hotels were very expensive. Then we found that we could stay in the student residences of colleges and thought that this would be a real Oxford experience. And it was, indeed!
Keble is within walking distance from the bus (coach) station, and a little further away from the train station. It is located right in the center of the interesting part of the town. The short walk could be a bit tough on the wheels of the suitcases, though, because of the cobblestones. We heard that it could be problematic for people who want to park their cars, but for travellers by train or bus, it is convenient.
The staff at the porter lodge were very helpful at check-in and recommended an area with good and affordable restaurants nearby.
The room was very basic, as expected, but clean and with a very functional shower. We were in the old part of the college, with our window on the Liddon Quad. Very quiet night. When coming back from dinner, there were musicians rehearsing on the organ in the chapel. Magic moment that could not be experienced, had we been in a regular hotel...
But the real treat was the buffet breakfast in the great hall. We could think we were in a Harry Potter movie. Many people were rightfully taking pictures of their breakfast!
The internet wifi signal was too weak in our room, so we had to move our computer to the hall in front of the Porter's lodge to take our emails.
Our stay there was not cheap, but considering the special experience, and the price of hotels, it was worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Keble College, founded in 1870, is one of Oxfords architectural landmarks located in the heart of the City.Venture behind the college walls and stay as a bed and breakfast guest at Keble. Discover stunning tranquil quads and inspiring architecture whilst staying in a comfortable study bedroom.All bedrooms include tea and coffee making facilities, towels, toiletries and free WiFi points. Bedrooms are serviced daily. To complete your college experience, relax and enjoy a cooked or continental breakfast served in our magnificent Gothic dining hall, Oxford's longest Hall, before setting off to explore Oxford's City Centre. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Keble College Hotel Oxford