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Vanbrugh House Hotel

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Vanburgh House 20-24 St. Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB England
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#9 of 45 hotels in Oxford
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This historic home from home in the centre of Oxford was partly designed by John Vanbrugh in the 18th century. Vanbrugh is known for his bold and daring architectural style along with masterpieces such as Blenheim Palace (just 20 minutes away by car). Small and intimate yet intensely stylish, the Vanbrugh House Oxford Hotel’s 22 charming rooms and suites fuse eclectic design and comfort with enchanting historic features. From wooden beams to panelled walls and exquisite fireplaces each of our 22 beautiful hotel rooms houses an original feature of the building. This chic, individually run boutique hotel in Oxford, is intimate, relaxed and refreshingly informal. Our discreet and personalised service allows you to unwind and feel at home. In our rooms enjoy complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, Smart TVs along with Nespresso coffee machines, rainfall showers and fine Egyptian cotton bed linen for a beautiful night’s sleep.
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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Non-smoking hotel
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24-hour front desk
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English, Romanian
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Alice N wrote a review Nov 2020
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The service was amazing, we had private entrance. We had pre ordered champagne and red roses on arrival. There was a private courtyard garden, we couldn’t use it because of weather but I imagine it would be very nice in the summer. The staff were brilliant we had breakfast delivered to the room at a time of our choosing. The en-suite was massive and really luxurious. Was extremely special break.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Alice Thank you so much for your lovely review of your stay. We are so happy to read that you were able to make use of our Vicarage Suite - perhaps you may return to us at a later date. Take care and kind Regards
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ellareview136 wrote a review Oct 2020
St. Andrews, United Kingdom3 contributions
The hotel was lovely - a great central location and a very cosy and warm room. However, the breakfast was very disappointing (I have had better in hostels). Considering the amount of other similar reviews about the new Covid-friendly breakfast option, it's a shame that the offering hasn't been improved yet. We have recently stayed at other hotels who have had the breakfast room open with pre-booked slots. Alternatively, we would have been very happy with a small but fresh option delivered on a tray, rather than cheap, low-quality, pre-packaged options.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Dear Ella Thank you for talking your time to review your recent stay at the Vanbrugh House Hotel in Oxford. We appreciate your feedback regarding the warm, cosy room, but apologise with regarding the breakfast. We have worked very closely with our suppliers and will soon be introducing a brand new breakfast, which we are sure will be a much better product than we are currently offering. We hope that we are able to welcome you back to the hotel when you are next in the area. Kind Regards
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JustaPassinThru wrote a review Oct 2020
Godmanchester, United Kingdom142 contributions80 helpful votes
We loved a lot about this guest house/hotel. Great location in the centre of Oxford so a good base for exploring the city. Many of the building’s period features retained. Our room was well equipped: good size comfortable bed. Large tv. Nespresso machine, kettle and tea/coffee/milk. Bottled water. Control over temperature settings. Great bathroom, with rain shower and hose in the good size walk-in shower cubicle. WiFi was available- but for some reason connections were open, leaving guests totally exposed to cyber eavesdroppers/ hackers!! Not at all good in 2020 - and so easy to do something about. We knew what to expect regarding breakfast. The hotel had warned us the breakfast room was closed due to COVID, and other reviewers had expressed their feelings about the alternative arrangements. The breakfast tray left outside each morning was unfortunately as poor, uninspired and lacking in choice as others had said. If there really was no way to open the breakfast room in the COVID era (pre arranged timed sittings not possible??) then surely the alternative should be the most imaginative and appealing offer possible on a tray, or if that is not possible then consider offering an appropriate discount off the room rate or maybe a breakfast voucher for use at a local restaurant. Post COVID we really would be happy to stay here again - but in the mean time we would suggest the powers that be first secure the WiFi, and second follow through on the promise to multiple reviewers, and provide guests with a serious gastro improvement, and provide something they can really look forward to for their first meal of the day.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded 5 weeks ago
Dear Guest Thank you for taking your time to review your recent stay with us at the Vanbrugh House Hotel in Oxford. We really do appreciate the guests feedback that we receive on a daily basis and try to match their expectations. We will shortly be delivering a new style breakfast, available from December, so we do hope that you will give uns another chance when you are next in the area. Kind Regards
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Johntimelord wrote a review Oct 2020
London, United Kingdom326 contributions70 helpful votes
Overall, I must say I don't think this hotel came up to scratch. On the plus side, the staff were friendly, the bathroom was good and the bed comfortable. Our room was a little poky, though I accept this is largely down to the design of the building and how the rooms have been sectioned off within the original structure. But the breakfasts are the big disappointment. I know times are difficult, but with cafes and restaurants open as competition, I really think they could have made more effort than the rather paltry pre-packed breakfasts. I was told they're looking at improving these, but to judge by previous reviews, this seems to have been the position for a while. So I'm afraid I am unlikely to stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear John Thank you for your review following your stay with us at the Vanbrugh House Hotel in Oxford. We really do appreciate your constructive comments with regard to our Breakfast offering. We are rolling out a new breakfast from December so we do hope that you will give us a chance and return another time. Kind Regards
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SageAdvice001 wrote a review Oct 2020
Winchester, United Kingdom12 contributions5 helpful votes
Excellent property in a great location. A relatively quite street in the centre of Oxford. The staff were so welcoming and helpful. We drove and parked at the Worcester Street car park (use the machine and not RingGo app) although park and ride would have also been convenient. We will certainly stay here again and have no reservation about recommending to others.
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Responded Oct 19, 2020
Dear Guest Thank you so much for your glowing review following your recent stay with us at the Vanbrugh House Hotel. We are thrilled to read that you really enjoyed your stay and found our colleagues helpful and professional. We do hope that we have the pleasure of welcoming you back again when you are next in the area. Kind Regards
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$177 - $359 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandOxfordshireOxford
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vanbrugh House Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Vanbrugh House Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Escape Hunt Oxford (0.2 miles), Blackwell's Bookshop (0.2 miles), and Worcester College (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Vanbrugh House Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, breakfast, and complimentary tea.
What food & drink options are available at Vanbrugh House Hotel?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Vanbrugh House Hotel?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vanbrugh House Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include BBuona Pizza Bar, Ben's Cookies, and Yellow Submarine.
Is Vanbrugh House Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Oxford.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Vanbrugh House Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Romanian.
Are there any historical sites close to Vanbrugh House Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Oxford Castle & Prison (0.2 miles), Bodleian Library (0.2 miles), and Sheldonian Theatre (0.2 miles).