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Tower House

3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   15 Ship Street, Oxford OX1 3DA, England
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Ranked #35 of 82 Oxford B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Tom D Hamme, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Hamme, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, the pictures on the site are a bit... flattering. The interior is quite dated, but then again, it has its charms. Our bed was fine, the bathroom is basic, but clean and has a shower, toilet and hair dryer. When walking around in the room, I had to mind my head, as the ceiling is very low. The stairs... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Right in the heart of old Oxford and easy walking distance to everything else, this venerable little treasure was a great find. Our room was small but charming, comfortable and clean; the ensuite plumbing worked well, which must be a miracle in a 17th century townhouse. With only 7 rooms, the hotel is quiet and friendly. You go around the... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The Tower House has a great central location in Oxford between the Cornmarket and Radcliffe Camera. The room was small but not uncomfortably so. The room was clean but with signs of age with some rough edges on the walls. It was quiet overnight and the bed was comfy. Breakfast at Turl St Kitchen was very tasty and had a... More

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87 reviews 87 reviews
37 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Some reviews of the Tower House seem to want it to be super modern as well as attractively old. It can't be done, but if you want somewhere with genuine old architectural features the Tower House is just the place. Yes, the stairs are steep, but not vertiginously so and it really isn't a long climb to the second floor.... More

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Montecito, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
71 hotel reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We have all seen or read about Fawlty Towers the hotel which just can't do anything right. Well that is what about 80% of The Tower House is. See the photos. I stayed in what was one of the better more expensive rooms. The room at the top of the stairs in the second of the two connected houses. The... More

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45 reviews 45 reviews
42 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I stayed here for one night for a conference and liked it very much. I was in the Bastion room which is, they say, built of part of the old city walls and has an ensuite shower room. Some of the other comments below are strictly correct - it is very shabby (almost deliberately so!) and there's no view, but... More

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

An old fashioned B&B in the heart of Oxford, great location, reasonable prices, but oh so shabby and not very clean. The plumbing needs ripping out, the walls filling and the woodwork re-painting, and above all the carpet needs replacing, it was probably there at the time of the Norman Invasion. Breakfast is at the next door Turl cafe: bad... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

This is a lovely little B&B right in the heart of Oxford, just a few seconds' walk from Broad Street. It's a great base for exploring the city and you can come and go as you wish at any time of the day or night. The building itself is also charming, with low irregular ceilings, exposed beams and so on,... More

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Sydney, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Oxford is a hard place to find good value accommodation, but the Tower House fits the bill perfectly. It's an old building with a few quirks, and we had to share a bathroom, but the staff are friendly and the place is clean and well maintained. The restaurant next door (breakfast was included in our rate) is superb.

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Hereford, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed one night here and had an excellent time. We stayed in the little blue room which was probably one of the smaller rooms but perfect for us. Beautifully decorated in a traditional style, we could have been transported back to the 17th century. There was a shared bathroom (although we had a sink in the... More

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Address: 15 Ship Street, Oxford OX1 3DA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tower House 3*
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The Tower House Hotel is a Seventeenth Century Guest House, situated on a quiet street in the heart of Oxford city center. 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 seven 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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