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“Nice college” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lady Margaret Hall

Lady Margaret Hall
Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6QA, England
+44 1865 611079
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Ranked #128 of 196 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: Lady Margaret Hall was founded in 1878, the first of the Colleges for women at Oxford, and named after Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and patroness of learning. In 1978 it became co-educational. The College accommodation is located in a variety of buildings from a diversity of periods, from late Victorian to the present day. The character of these is reflected in the style and the interior design of the rooms. They stand in extensive and exceptionally beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Cherwell. The College is within easy reach of the many facilities and sights of central Oxford, and is a short walk from the University Parks, the Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers and University Museums. At Lady Margaret Hall we have 180 en-suite rooms. Toiletries, linen, hand and bath towels are provided in all rooms. Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided.
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“Nice college”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

You can't expect hotel facilities.. but you can expect a bit of hospitality.
When we arrived at the porters lodge the porter gave us the keys and told us the name of the building and that was it. He wasn't really helpful.
We asked about breakfast, when it was breakfast time & were the breakfast room was.
Then he gave us a map and showed us quick were our building was and looked up were breakfast was served and told us the time.

The room was clean (although there were some black hairs on my clean towel). The toiletries were a nice touch. It was nice and quiet.

Unfortunately the heating in our room didn't work. It was really cold.
The heater in the hall of the building did work, the hall was really nice and warm. The next morning we went to the porters lodge to ask about the heating. It was a different porter this time. She was really nice! She felt sorry that she couldn't get someone around (because of the weekend) but she could arrange for a portable heater. She was so kind and apologized for our inconvenience. She brought the heater to our room which was really kind.

The college looks amazing and the gardens are nice to stroll around. It's nice to relax and enjoy the nature. The breakfast room looks really nice with the old pictures.

A tip: when guests arrive at the porters lodge, make sure that when you give the keys to ask if it's the first time they visit. If it's the first time the porter can give a map and tell about the breakfast time and the breakfast room. It's also nice to give a leaflet or something about the college. It feels more welcoming.

Visited September 2013
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“Exceeded expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I thought when booking into student accommodation that it would be as basic as I remembered mine to be, but the rooms are very comfortable indeed and the setting couldn't be better. It is a fantastic experience to hear the Oxford bells (five minutes fast) and stroll through the grounds to the Cherwell. The dining hall for breakfast does need to be researched though - the porter was very helpful with a map of the hall - head for Deneke. I hope I will return here, as we were both delighted with our stay.

Visited July 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Brilliant food! Brilliant water...really tasty stuff! Beats a take-away, and if you throw a few quid about, you get nice food! Simple!

Visited January 2013
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“Stay the night in an Oxford college? Yes please”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Lady Margaret Hall isn't listed here as accommodation but we booked it for a night during August 2012, as an alternative to the quite expensive and not very exciting hotels in Oxford. Google Oxford Rooms and you'll find a fab website that allows you to select accommodation in a range of Oxford student rooms during holidays.
We arrived at night to the beautiful arched entrance and were welcomed by the porter and given keys and instructions. We strolled through a charming wistaria-walled quad and found our building. The rooms are student rooms so not fancy - but we had 2 nice twin beds, fresh towels and toiletries, tea/coffee and a small but adequate shower room. We walked into the town in about 10 minutes and had a huge range of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Breakfast is served in the college dining hall - wood-paneled, lined with portraits and full of charm. The food is canteen style but again, wanted for nothing and lovely fresh fruit was a nice touch.
This was a super way to experience Oxford from the inside and a welcome change from an impersonal hotel room. Free wifi and parking too. Heartily recommend.

Visited August 2012
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“Quiet college”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

Less impressive than many of the colleges in the centre of Oxford. Very impressive grounds and rivers. The buildings are modern but there is still a unique atmosphere about the place. Next to a nice park in North Oxford about a mile from the centre. If your hotel is nearby, it worth a visit and is free...

Visited June 2011
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