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Best Luxury Hotels In Oxford

Located on the River Thames, Oxford stands as a timeless bastion of intellectual prowess and architectural splendour. Renowned globally for its prestigious university, which traces its roots back to the 12th century, this ancient city seamlessly blends the medieval with the modern. As one meanders through the cobblestone streets, flanked by historic colleges and scholarly libraries, the air is imbued with a palpable sense of academic achievement. Beyond the hallowed halls of learning, Oxford reveals a charming tapestry of botanical gardens, quaint bookshops, and welcoming pubs, all contributing to an enchanting atmosphere that beckons visitors to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of knowledge and culture that defines this venerable city. Here are our favourite 5-star and luxury hotels to stay at in the city.

Malmaison Oxford

As an alternative mini-break experience, why not spend the night in the clink in Oxford? This Malmaison property is a former 19th-century prison and has appeared in TV programmes including Porridge, Bad Girls, The Italian Job, Inspector Morse and The Bill. Although as part of the Oxford Castle complex, its roots date as far back as the 11th century. Nowadays the accommodation forms 95 bedrooms and suites with mood lighting, en-suite bathrooms, digital TV, wines and nibbles. Choose to stay in a suite in the main building, a “cell” in the A-wing, or a king-size in the adjacent House of Correction. 

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voco Oxford Thames, an IHG Hotel

Set on the banks of the River Thames, this country estate hotel is surrounded by 30 acres of grounds and gardens (the latter home to honey bees and a bug hotel). Bedrooms come with Antipodes toiletries and have views of either the garden, courtyard or river. Some have a private patio or terrace. Napier’s Restaurant utilises local produce in its seasonal French-style cooking, while the Crusaders Bar & Lounge serves snacks, meals and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. Vocco’s onsite leisure club and spa comprises a gym and indoor swimming pool, with spa treatments provided by AcuLife.

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Old Bank Hotel Oxford

Situated in the centre of town, the Old Bank Hotel is ideally placed whether you are visiting on business or for leisure. With elegantly decorated, spacious rooms which include Wi-Fi and TV. The building is dripping with character thanks to its three interconnecting buildings dating back to the 14th century. There are 42 bedrooms ranging from standard rooms to superior deluxe rooms. Breakfast, lunch, high-tea and evening meals are available in the restaurant or from room service.

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Vanbrugh House Hotel

This 18th century, twenty-two-room boutique hotel, is centrally placed to reach many of Oxford’s attractions within a few minutes’ walk. Recently renovated, modern quirky accessories complement a makeover of soft décor and dark wood. Rooms include Wi-Fi, and there is a bar, restaurant and room service available.

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The Head of the River

A fabulous location any time of the year, but especially in the summer. As the name implies, the Head of the River Hotel sits on the bank of the River Isis. Alongside Christchurch Meadow, it is just a few minutes’ stroll from the shops, theatre, museums and galleries. The converted warehouse is now a modern twenty-bed hotel. With two large bars come dining area, and a large terrace area with parasols, planters and heating for the cooler months, it is a great place to relax after a day exploring the city.

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De Vere Oxford Thames

De Vere Oxford Thames, is a 15th-century barn converted to a high-quality four star hotel for those who prefer to relax slightly away from the city centre. Set in 30 acres of lush parkland on the outskirts of Oxford, and overlooking the River Thames, the hotel has a spa, pool, fitness centre, sauna, and outside tennis court. With its large comfortable rooms, excellent bathrooms, Wi-Fi, and fine dining, De Vere’s offers more than many five-star establishments.

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Hawkwell House Oxford

Another excellent venue for those who prefer the quiet of country life but are within easy reach of the city buzz. Situated in the tiny village of Iffley, Hawkwell House is a country hotel with three acres of its own gardens just two miles from the centre of Oxford. Having recently undergone a one-million-pound refurbishment, all seventy-seven rooms are en-suite, tastefully and comfortably furnished, and with all the usual amenities you would expect. With excellent service and four function rooms, the hotel is ideal for conferences, wedding receptions and team-building events, while visiting families and couples can relax, chill, and prepare for the following day’s activities.

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Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (Nearby)

Created by none other than Raymond Blanc in 1984, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons was awarded two Michelin stars in its first year. Each of the hotel’s 32 rooms has been independently styled, inspired by Blanc’s own travels. Lawns, orchards, a large kitchen garden and colourful flower gardens surround the 15th-century property. The hotel is situated in the village of Great Milton, just 11 miles from the centre of Oxford.

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Artist Residence Oxfordshire (Nearby)

Once a village pub, this six-roomed bijou hotel has been reimagined with on-trend interior design and contemporary art. But it retains its charming wooden beams, fireplaces, rustic flooring and some antique furniture. For an extra treat book the Farmhouse Suite with its large copper bathtub. Ales and quality pub grub can be enjoyed in the bar, and there’s a cosy dining area – The Clubhouse serving high-quality British plates.

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