This is a sweet hotel, efficient staff and comfortable for a night, just off St.Giles so easy walking distance to the best of Oxford. Avoid room 9 if you can, it's tiny. I was on my own, would be very challenging for two...
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My wife and I, as part of a larger party, stayed at the Old Parsonage for two nights and as experienced international travellers for decades, were very impressed with this hotel. Particularly impressive were the staff who were friendly and efficient and this coupled with the location and the facilities and dining, made for a great stay. The rooms were of a smaller size than I would like but one could not really expect larger in a period property. Our bed was perhaps a little softer than we might choose but the room was perfect in every way.
The Old Parsonage dates from 1660 and is a superb boutique hotel. The rooms are beautifully decorated and prepared: if you can manage a suite (and there are very good offers indeed), then you will be in heaven. The Old Parsonage is splendidly placed to walk on foot around the heart of the City and the University of Oxford. One of our party walked for eight hours on the first day and visited fifteen Colleges! Oxford abounds in eating places, but you must never stray from the Old Parsonage. The food is excellently sourced and beautifully prepared and served, with imaginative dishes and the lightest of delicious sauces. The bar and dining room reflect the desperate need of Oxford folk to share ideas in a lively manner! They can be crowded but the service is excellent, and there are additional comfortable tables in the delightful garden if the weather permits. As eco-warriors we did not have the burden of parking a car: the train service is excellent from London. We actually came from Edinburgh in a day. This is an historic hotel in one of the world's great cities.
The Old Parsonage could not be in a more charming wisteria-clad building dating from the 1700s. Do not, however, accept a booking in room #1 which is on the ground-floor literally inches away from the car park. Additionally, the room smelled very musty, the bathroom was without heat and we were woken at 0800 by construction noise from the unit next door. We asked for a room change, which was granted. Apologies were provided but no other concession spontaneously offered. The restaurant operation is very busy and takes up most of the public area in the hotel leaving no lounge space for hotel guests. Yes, the location is great, the beds are comfortable, French press coffee is provided in the room, staff are courteous and the fire in the lobby area is cozy, although there's no way to enjoy it due to the busy restaurant custom. Overall, the Old Parsonage is jaw-droppingly overpriced for the level of amenities offered and the less than stellar cleanliness of the two rooms we stayed in. Others have no doubt had a better experience at the hotel, but I would never stay here again.
Lovely hotel, not in the city centre but close enough to walk in. "Cosy" is a good word to sum up this hotel. We paid for the larger room, glad we did as it still wasn't very big.
The hotel bar and restaurant are also not very big, but busy for afternoon tea over the bank holiday weekend. Much quieter for dinner which was very delicious but very expensive. We didn't mind as it was an anniversary night way.
All staff were friendly, polite & helpful.
We will go back but be a bit more mindful of the pennies.
I've stayed in few hotels that provide French press (cafetiere) coffee in the room so this was a welcome surprise. Other delights: manicures and massages in the room - you've got to love it when the spa comes to you!!
Staff was polite and helpful and the location was convenient to the shopping streets and main museums. I would stay here again