We stayed at the Old Bank on a Friday night because we did not want to have rush back to London after a concert we had been attending. I chose the Old Bank because of the positive reviews here and we were very pleased with our choice. The location could not have been better and was within easy walking distance of just about everything. Importantly, access by car was outstandingly easy with clear directions and a large, free car park at the back of the hotel. The setting of the hotel is absolutely delightful and although there didn't seem to be much in the way of public spaces, it was perfectly the comfortable. We had a standard double room (206) which was at the back so very quiet and spacious enough, but not huge.
If I were to nit-pick, the restaurant (Quod) seemed a bit detached from the hotel and entering from the hotel, you found yourself wandering around the restaurant trying to attract someone's attention. I also found the shower (over the bath) somewhat hard work compared to the monsoon showers that Hotel du Vin (a competitor, I would say, of Old Bank) tend to have. I also thought that £261/night B&B was a touch on the steep side and it is this which makes me downgrade Old Bank from Excellent to simply Very Good. I think I would have overlooked the aforementioned niggles were it not for the price tag.
Old Bank is nevertheless a lovely place to stay and I would certainly stay there again if I were in Oxford since it is so pleasant, convenient and well-located.
- 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