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Best Places to Stay in Oxford

If you’re planning to visit this historic university city, check out our guide to the best places to stay in Oxford. In amongst Oxford’s famous colleges and dreaming spires, there are elegant boutique hotels such as the Old Bank Hotel and The Old Parsonage. But there are also budget hotels, pubs with rooms and in the Oxfordshire countryside, quirky hotels like The Crazy Bear. If you don’t want accommodation in central Oxford, try the Georgian town of Woodstock which is home to Blenheim Palace. With hotel rates provided by our Booking Partners, you can check availability and book.

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Old Bank Hotel Oxford

Old Bank Hotel

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Standing proudly amongst the colleges on Oxford’s historic High Street, Old Bank Hotel can boast one of the best addresses in this famous university town. Stay here and you’ll experience a sophisticated slice of Oxford life. Spacious bedrooms come with luxury bathrooms and contemporary art. Ask for a room at the front of the hotel for a view of the city’s dreaming spires. Read our Expert Review of Old Bank Hotel here.

Foodies will love:

  • The buzz of the Quod brasserie, one of Oxford’s best restaurants
  • A quiet drink in the resident’s book-lined lounge
  • Tucking into steak (they own Sophie’s Steak House in London)

Rooms from £189 a night.

Malmaison Hotel Oxford

Malmaison Oxford

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

This Malmaison is a unique place to stay in Oxford as it was once the city’s jail. Now converted from a Victorian prison into a modern and quirky boutique hotel, they’ve cleverly combined cells to make luxury accommodation. Don’t miss visiting the remaining prison cell in the hotel’s basement to get an authentic flavour of its past. The Malmaison has its own brasserie and two bars. For alternative dining, try the rooftop restaurants in Oxford’s brand new shopping centre next door.

Rooms from £125 per night

Feathers Hotel Woodstock Oxfordshire

The Feathers

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England

The Feathers hotel is a chic townhouse in the charming Georgian market town of Woodstock. It offers an enviable trio of delights – historic Blenheim Palace on its doorstep; one of the world’s largest selections of gin in the bar and the historic city of Oxford just over 10 miles away. With antiques, log fires, lovely bedrooms and wonderful surrounding Cotswolds countryside, it has everything you need for a weekend break.

Foodies will love:

  • Relaxing with a G&T in the Gin bar after a busy day sightseeing (try local Cotswolds gin)
  • A Feather’s cream tea after a country walk

Rooms from £85 a night

The Old Parsonage Hotel Oxford

The Old Parsonage

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Cosy, chic and clubby. The Old Parsonage Hotel combines old Oxford charm with stylish, contemporary and oh so tasteful, interiors. The hotel is steeped in history and atmosphere with many of the rooms retaining original features. Find a private nook in the stunning Library for a quiet read and a drink. The hotel is located away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre but it’s still close enough to explore Oxford on foot or by bicycle (provided free for guests). There are 35 luxury bedrooms, all with marble bathrooms and the owner’s private artwork adorning the walls. What a treat.

Foodies will love:

  • Relaxing with a cocktail in front of the roaring fire
  • The all day dining available in the Bar & Grill

Rooms from £179 a night.

Luxury double room with neutral decor at Vanbrugh House Hotel Oxford

Vanbrugh House Hotel

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

Neatly tucked away down a side street, Vanbrugh House is a small and intimate boutique hotel right in the centre of Oxford. The Grade II listed building was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, the man behind Blenheim Palace. Original beams, fireplaces and wooden panelling all add to the hotel’s unique character. The 22 bedrooms vary in size but come with smart bathrooms and White Company toiletries. Tuck into a Full Oxfordshire English at breakfast. The small dining area serves lunch and afternoon tea (no evening meals) and is open to locals.

Rooms from £135 a night.

Bedroom Tower House Guest House Oxford

Turl Street Kitchen & Tower House Rooms

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

A quirky and unique place to stay bang in the centre of Oxford. The Turl Street Kitchen isn’t a fancy restaurant with rooms but a down to earth one with a social conscience. It began life as a student initiative and now supports several Oxford charities. Big on sustainability and ethical sourcing, it’s a relaxed and popular gathering place for locals. Eat breakfast here each day and sleep just around the corner in the Tower House. There are 8 double rooms in the Grade II listed building (some share bathrooms). The 16th century tower and ancient city wall add extra character.

Foodies will love:

  • The open kitchen and twice daily menu changes
  • Relaxing with a paper and a coffee

Rooms from £100 a night.

Bear and Ragged Staff Cumnor

Bear and Ragged Staff

Cumnor, Oxfordshire, England

Enjoy traditional pub food and a peaceful village setting but still have easy access to the city. The Bear and Ragged Staff is a popular village pub, just 4 miles West of the centre of Oxford. After a day exploring the historic city, relax with a glass of wine by the fireside in the pub’s cosy olde worlde bar. There are 9 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms located above the old pub and in a wing of restored cottages.

Rooms from £89 a night.

The Oxford Townhouse

The Oxford Townhouse

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

The Oxford Townhouse is a clean, smart and newly refurbished Guest House. From here it’s an easy 10-minute walk into the centre of Oxford. If you prefer to hop on the bus, there’s bus stop right outside. Rooms come with handy tea and coffee making facilities and breakfast is generous. Oxford sausages are from the Covered Market (the vegetarian ones are homemade). Parking is free.

Foodies will love:

Rooms from £95 a night.

Bedroom The Glove House Woodstock Oxfordshire

The Glove House

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England

A superb boutique bed & breakfast with 3 luxurious bedrooms right in the heart of historic Woodstock. The Glove House is an impressive Georgian townhouse with a pretty walled garden. You get spacious accommodation, super-king size beds, antique furniture, the finest linen, original works of art, huge showers and claw foot baths. Nespresso machines, Pure clock radios and wifi keep it on trend. Blenheim Palace is within walking distance and Oxford, a 7-mile drive away.

Foodies will love:

  • The seasonal breakfast menu
  • The Glove House speciality ‘strapazzate’  (scrambled eggs with Parmesan and cream)

Rooms from £170 a night.

Bedroom at The Marlborough Arms B&B in Woodstock Oxfordshire

The Marlborough Arms

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England

A warm and welcoming family-run former old coaching inn. Steeped in local history, the Marlborough Arms dates back to 1469. The hotel offer its guests accommodation on a B&B basis and easy access to both Oxford and the pretty towns and villages of the surrounding Cotswolds. Beds are supremely comfy, breakfast is delicious and there’s handy parking and free wifi. 

Foodies will love:

  • The full English taken in the light and airy breakfast room
  • Relaxing with a glass of wine in the lovely communal lounge
  • Eating out in Woodstock’s pubs and restaurants

Rooms from £164 a night.

Bedroom The Glove House Woodstock Oxfordshire

The Crown Inn

Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England

A jewel of a place. The Crown Inn does boutique well. It has a bar, a popular restaurant and 5 very stylish en-suite rooms. Expect chic fabrics and furnishings, pops of colour, interesting artwork, Bose sound docks and attention to deal. Small touches like fresh milk, loose leaf tea and teapots in rooms, make it a luxury retreat from home. Dogs can come, too.

Foodies will love:

  • Tucking into a wood-fired pizza in the restaurant
  • Breakfast in bed

Rooms from £150 a night.

Copper bath in bedroom Artist Residence Oxford

Artist Residence Oxfordshire

South Leigh, Oxfordshire, England

A sophisticated, stylish but ultimately relaxing countryside retreat. The Artist Residence is an old thatched pub with tasteful rooms near Witney. It’s the new kid off the block from the dynamic duo behind the superb Artist Residence hotels found in London, Brighton and Cornwall. Luxury modern meets cosy with huge fireplaces, interesting art and quirky touches. There are five gorgeous bedrooms with Anglepoise lamps, Roberts radios, old tea chests for bedside tables and pops of colour. The icing on the cake – dogs are welcome. Oxford is 8 miles away.

Foodies will love:

  • Eating in Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms
  • Breakfast in bed

Rooms from £140 a night.

Bar Area The Trout at Tadpole Bridge Oxfordshire

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

Near Faringdon, Oxfordshire, England

It’s the riverside location that makes this 17th Century country pub with rooms popular for weekend getaways. You can bring your dog and walk the Thames path or explore the surrounding Cotswolds. The lovely town of Bampton, used as the backdrop to scenes in Downton Abbey, is just up the road. Rooms are comfortable and the pub grub hearty. At the end of the day, relax with a drink in a comfy armchair next to the fire.

Rooms from £110 a night.

The Crazy Bear Stadhampton Oxfordshire

The Crazy Bear

Stadhampton, Oxfordshire, England

A quirky and very unusual place to stay in the Oxfordshire countryside.  The Crazy Bear Hotel in Stadhampton is indeed crazy. Its multiple personalities reveal a red double decker bus that’s the hotel reception, a cosy old worlde bar, a vision-in-pink dining room, a Thai restaurant and velvet-clad bedrooms. If you know all the names on the Farrow & Ball paint chart, it’s probably not for you. If you’re feeling a little crazy, it’s just the ticket.

Foodies will love:

  • The Crazy Bear Farm Shop next door
  • Its proximity to Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir Aux Quatre Saisons

Rooms from £199 a night.


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