This was our second stay at the 'Old Bank Hotel' and we chose the same room overlooking the street 'yes' we knew it was going to be slightly noisy but with the windows closed and curtains drawn it didn't bother us. Oxford is 'buzzing' with life and if you like that kind of experience then go for it. If you want a relaxing time and a quite sleep then choose a country hotel! Of course you can request a quieter room at the back of the hotel when you book. Our bedroom was clean and comfortable with 2 big windows which we were able to open ( we like fresh air!). The bed was 'very' comfortable with excellent quality Egyptian cotton sheets such luxury induces a good sleep! And we did sleep well. I loved the restaurant on the ground floor overlooking the street it was light and airy with a mixture of old world and modern. The breakfast was good whether you chose a continental or a full English. Lots of people were coming in off the street to eat here for breakfast and it does have free 'Wi-Fi' access. What my wife and I really liked about this hotel is its central location in Oxford just walk out the door and your are in the hub of things. I was attending a conference during the weekend so I was happy that my wife was able to access the shops without having to travel she has also enjoyed an open bus tour of the city in past years. My one gripe about the hotel is just getting to it. The 'sat nav' in my vehicle confused me so do make sure you read the directions to the hotel carefully and look for the 'Old Bank Hotel' sign (brown coloured) at the entrance to Merton Street. traffic can be heavy getting to that point especially public transport buses and do watch out for the cyclists! there are lots of them and that same advice goes from when you are walking about too. As you can imagine there a 'lot' of students in Oxford and many travel around on bikes.
The staff at the hotel were welcoming and friendly and although my wife enjoyed a restaurant meal one evening when I was at the conference I would recommend that you try one of the dozens of good restaurants in Oxford we particularly enjoyed 'Jamie's Italian' (the famed Jamie Oliver) in George Street just a short walk away from the Old Bank Hotel. We stayed in the hotel over the weekend of November the 5th/7th which of course covered 'Guy Fawkes' night. There is always a vibrant atmosphere here in the city then with spectacular public firework displays nearby something the kids and (adults!) Would enjoy perhaps. I also love the bookshops in Oxford especially 'Blackwell's'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the High with place to park and between Oxford’s most famous colleges, Merton, University, All Souls and Oriel. Step out of the hotel onto one of the worlds most beautiful streets and you are amongst the best of Oxford’s shopping, theatres, libraries and gardens.This Georgian, stone building has forty two luxury bedrooms, all air-conditioned with marble bathrooms, great views, the latest technology and Stimulating twentieth century paintings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Bank Oxford
- Hotel Old Bank