Staff is very caring and cheerful, and if they don't know something they'll go to someone who does. One gem is Lucy. There was a slight bit of confusion on our arrival, nothing serious, and she fixed it handily. She worked us into a more appropriate room and did it with a smile and took us to it.
The rooms are small, so it pays dividends to pay a bit more for a deluxe, which is not huge at all, but a lot better than a standard. Bathroom had all we needed. Shower was excellent, and there was a tub, but we wouldn't dream of using it and trying to get in and out.
We were on the 3rd floor facing the rear, as quiet is important to us, and I had read about noise from the High Street in front of the hotel. We had a view of Merton College and were high enough that we looked ovwe the car park which is below. Bright and sunny room.
The hotel is quite modern and handsomely done, and the art, to us, is wonderful.
We lunched one day in the terrace in back and it was very pleasant, given the day. We also ate in the restaurant 1 evening, and it is smart and quite casual with good simple food - not fussy at all, which suited us just fine. The prices in the restaurant are good. We were there 3 nights, Wednesday leaving Saturday. I can imagine that Fridays and Saturdays when Oxford is in session the restaurant might be noisy. The hotel is very close to several colleges.
Our only reservation was that the beds are hard but not hard enough. I have back problems and need a very hard bed for support. This didn't quite do it for us.
- 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