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Vanbrugh House Hotel
Ranked #3 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Stockholm, Sweden
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56 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The friendliest staff ever?”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

...undoubtedly so. Never have I encountered such personable and friendly staff. The hotel is located smack bang in the center of Oxford, yet is quite quiet. There is no lift as it is a graded building and it has an old world charm (fireplaces: not functioning but nice feature)and quirkiness. Rooms are extremely clean and pleasantly decorated. Small touches such as fun 'do not disturb' signs, an umbrella, some complimentary refreshments aside from the usual tea & coffee facilities (water, fresh milk, coca cola, crisps and even a Kitkat chocolate bar). The restaurant is small but the service is very good as were the breakfasts. The bathroom floor was rather cold, so some slippers would be just the thing to include with the luxurious toweling robes. A fantastic hotel I'd like to stay in again and will recommend to others.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank LindaWheatley
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
Dear LindaWheatley,

Thank you for such a fantastic review. The team at Vanbrugh House really do take pride in their work and make every effort to make every guest feel welcome and at home. I really like that you appreciated the small touches, as these all add to the uniqueness of Vanbrugh House Hotel.

Thank you in advance for your future recommendations.

Kind regards

David Robinson
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Pittenweem, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is a wonderful little hotel right in the centre of town, off Cornmarket and near the bottom of Broad Street. The rooms are reasonably-sized and very well-appointed, and the breakfast selection has plenty of choice and was freshly and excellently prepared. There is only a small lounge alongside reception, but that's fine for short waits or preparing to go out. It's not cheap , but no hotel in Oxford is, and it's certainly worth it.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Thank simoninireland
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Dear simoninireland,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your 5 star review.The title 'boutique excellence' really is praise indeed, and definitely something that the team at Vanbrugh House are always aiming for. Its great to hear that you felt we achieved this. Thank you.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Vanbrugh House.

Kind regards

David Robinson
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

I found this place via a Groupon voucher and took my boyfriend for his thirtieth birthday for a very enjoyable afternoon tea on our trip to Oxford. It was a bargain and thoroughly enjoyable. The restaurant is small but cosy, comfortable and beautifully decorated. Reception staff friendly and our waiter was very professional. We had finger sandwiches (made partly vegetarian on request), homemade scones, plain and sultana-still warm, homemade strawberry jam, generous amount of clotted cream, pistachio fudge, chocolate brownie bites, bakewell tart bites and chocolate ganache with strawberries. There was a large selection of properly brewed leaf teas and a freshly opened glass of Prosecco. Very nice.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, February 28, 2014
Dear Sarah C,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your 5 star review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your afternoon tea with us, whilst visiting beautiful Oxford. What a great way to start the birthday celebrations!

We look forward to welcoming you at Vanbrugh House again soon.

Kind regards

David Robinson
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manchester
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

A gorgeous boutique hotel in a great central location. The staff are lovely and very helpful. Rooms are beautiful with some great little touches ie complimentary snacks in mini bar and real milk for your tea/coffee not the horrible milk jiggers, also an umbrella in each room as well as everything else that you would need. Breakfast was lovely and open until 11.00 each day. Would thoroughly recommend this hotel and will certainly stay there again when I visit my son.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, February 23, 2014
Dear MHurfurt,

Thank you for choosing Vanbrugh House on your recent visit to Oxford, and leaving such a glowing review regarding your stay. We do appreciate all customer feedback, as it really is the best way of understanding and exceeding our guests expectations.
It pleases me that you will be coming to visit us again when seeing your son, and I thank you in advance for your future recommendations.

Until the next time...

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David Robinson
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Gloucestershire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

I visited the Vanbrugh House Hotel with my partner, Sheelagh for afternoon tea with Posseco as part of our Valentine Weekend visit to Oxford. The hotel is in a great location, we had visited the Bodleian Library beforehand which is close by and deserved a rest after all our walking.

The afternoon tea was delicious, the tea consisted of a huge pot of a tea of your choice, we chose Oxford Brew and the Indian tea which I forget the name, both were good. The 3 tiered stand consisted of 8 delicious finger sandwiches, above that were two scones (two halves each, which we both felt was enough and satisfying), delicious jam and clotted cream, above that were two delicious chocolate pots, homemade fudge, fruit cake and cherry sponge, all were delicious!

All though the space is small where the restaurant is located, it has a cosy, intimate feeling with the bar located in the corner offering a wide range of drinks.

When we visit Oxford again we shall make sure we visit again!

Thank you Vanbrugh House Hotel for a superb afternoon tea which really did finish our day in Oxford off well!!!

  • Stayed February 2014
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Thank antontothemax2008
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear antontothemax2008,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. Our homemade afternoon tea at Vanbrugh House is becoming extremely popular with residents and non residents alike. It sounds as though yourself and Sheelagh had a perfect Valentines weekend in Oxford.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Vanbrugh House.

Kind regards

David Robinson
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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

This is a good quality hotel located in the centre of Oxford, in a side street so not noisy. Rooms are well furnished, comfortable and functional. Staff are friendly and helpful. The air conditioning (?) can be a little noisy at night and the breakfast room is rather cramped.

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Thank tjshome
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear tjshome,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to Vanbrugh House. With the hustle and bustle of central Oxford only footsteps away, our location on St Michaels Street offers a tranquil setting in comparison. I am pleased to hear you found the rooms comfortable and of a high standard.

We hope to see you soon at Vanbrugh House.

Kind regards

David Robinson
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

This was our first visit to Oxford, and we couldn't have wished for a better location - right in the centre of the town.The reception staff were extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.Breakfast was of a high standard with quality produce and plenty of choice.The beds were very comfortable and the room well equipped, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank intrepiddu0
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Vanbrugh House H, General Manager at Vanbrugh House Hotel, responded to this review, February 21, 2014
Dear IntrepidduO,

It is so pleasing to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay at Vanbrugh House. Our central location, in the very heart of beautiful Oxford, is a popular talking point amongst our guests. With location in mind, our knowledgeable staff are always on hand to give you the very best in recommendations.

We look forward to welcoming you again at Vanbrugh House.

Kind regards

David Robinson
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Property: Vanbrugh House Hotel
Address: Vanburgh House 20-24 St. Michaels Street, Oxford OX1 2EB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #3 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Vanbrugh House Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
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