Stayed for one night so only booked a standard room. Staff were welcoming and efficient but the overall ambience is of a city pub rather than a restaurant / hotel. Access to the bedrooms is via the bar and dining areas which makes one feel like an intruder rather than a guest, especially when diners have to move to allow one to pass through.
Afternoon tea was very filling and tasty, as was breakfast on the following morning. Service was speedy and courteous.
The big disappointment was the bedroom. It was small, badly laid out, and had clearly had a hard life, judging by the condition of the old furniture. The room was badly in need of redecoration and the carpet was pretty dingy; fortunately slippers were provided so that one was able to avoid skin to carpet contact. The pillows seemed to be rather elderly as they provided no support - one didn't rest on them as they had no load bearing capacity and collapsed to minimal thickness at the first sign of weight. The bathroom was similarly in need of a deep clean and refurbishment and fungal growth on grouting and mastic sealant was pretty off putting. Cables dangling from behind the wall mounted TV indicated a lack of attention to detail. At least there was plenty of hot water.
The major plus point is proximity to the centre of Oxford. However, on site parking is limited and the small size of the parking spaces severely restricts the options for parking even a medium size saloon, let alone a large car. There is public parking nearby but it is expensive and not always available during busy periods.
One expects to pay a minimum of about £200 per night for a room and breakfast in the centre of Oxford. However, it shouldn't be too difficult to provide a smart, clean, and well decorated room if a hotelier is charging that sort of price. By that standard The Old Parsonage isn't good value for money.
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October 17, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. Your comments regarding the décor of the hotel are very prescient. Our forthcoming refurbishment project has been a long time coming. It is fair to say that certain improvements and maintenance projects have been deferred, pending full replacement or repair. The hotel will close on the 1st of November, for approximately 4 months, during which time major structural and decorative changes will take place.
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As the Old Parsonage has grown in reputation and popularity, the fact that it has never been a purpose built hotel is increasingly exposed; quirks like having to take suitcases through the restaurant or be unable to provide guests with their own residents lounge are being rectified.
The whole hotel is being refurbished, with brand new soft furnishings, bedding and furniture, as well as all fixtures and fittings. Further details can be viewed on our website; our online diary will keep you abreast of developments over the next few months. Our ultimate aim is to be the most luxurious and well-appointed hotel in Oxford.
We do hope you will return to the Old Parsonage, in its new incarnation, to experience these improvements first hand.
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