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Tower House

3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   15 Ship Street, Oxford OX1 3DA, England
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Askrigg, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cracking location right in the city centre of Oxford yet on a reasonably quiet back street. (I stayed in the summer though so it might not be the case in Uni Term time!) Lovely helpful staff both in the B&B and in their sister restaurant around the corner Clean and tidy and great price for it location.

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Alesund, Norway
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Exactly what it claims to be. A lovely B&B in the heart of Oxford. I lived in The Blue Room, and enjoyed the new experience of a shared bathroom. That worked surprisingly well. I seldom met a closed door, and the bathroom was consistently clean. I also had a sink in the room so I was not in need of... More

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Hamme, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

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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Coventry
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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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London
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88 reviews 88 reviews
38 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
72 hotel reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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
25 helpful votes 25 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
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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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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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