Stayed at the Tower House for 2 nights. First thing to note. There is NO convenient parking in Oxford city centre. The only parking available is park & ride out of the city. £2.20 for the bus in. And only 2 sites allow parking for >24hrs. Pay & display is charged at exorbitant rates. I'm talking ~£25 for daytime (0800-2000hrs) and a further £3 overnight. As for the underground parking at gloucester green? There's No parking there after midnight with a £100 fine! Saw a few unfortunate suckers getting hit for the century by the warden! You have been warned.
As for Towerhouse itself? Unbeatable location. 5 mins walk from all the shops and sights. As mentioned before by others, it is built into the old city walls. I personally disagree with some of the other reviewers who claimed it was dirty. We stayed in the pink room on the top floor with shared bathroom. It was small and everything looked lopsided (it's a 700yr old building people!). Initial impression was that it wasn't very clean, but we quickly realised that it was just the age of the building and original architecture. Hardly a speck of dust was visible and certainly no mouldy corners on closer inspection.
Room was very warm and not drafty at all despite some nasty rainy & windy weather. Quite unlike many old houses. Walls were well insulated from noise. Bathroom was very clean and well stocked with soaps/ shampoos. Water pressure was surprisingly good as well!
WiFi for free and tea-making facilities were available in the room.
The breakfast was continental style. A little limited in selection, true. But one gets freshly brewed coffee and friendly conversation with the manager Wayne! Who was extremely helpful in the hunt for parking and extra tips on the city and building itself!
Overall, we had a good stay at Tower House. It's pricey but comparable to anything in a similar district. Nothing in Oxford is cheap btw. So, if you're looking for luxury and opulence, I suppose this wouldn't be the place to stay. If you're looking for a piece of history and the chance to stay in an authentic, rustic historic building, this is it! It's clean, comfortable and in the city centre... Enough said!
Thanks again Wayne for all your help! :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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