Stayed room only for 2 nights in A Wing. Initial impression was very high - boy have they made some effort with this conversion! Bedrooms in A Wing are 2 cells large plus half another cell accommodating the bathroom. Original cell doors, very thick walls and evidence of window bars provide that 'banged up' feeling. The atrium just outside the cell door is almost as it was when a prison aside from the plush carpet! Check in was slow but valet parking very efficient. Once in room we could not get the heating to work; this was speedily rectified by Duty Manager and complimentary drinks in Brasserie bar were very welcome despite being charged on bill at check out (soon removed though to be fair). Visitors Room Bar on 3rd floor was very nice and atmospheric with table service provided. We did not eat in the hotel so no comments about that. We have stayed in several other Malmaison hotels so were not surprised about subdued lighting. Hotel opened in 2006 and time has arrived for some updating in my opinion especially when considering room rates. I would make specific reference to the TV which was small and had poor reception and a meagre choice of channels. Hotel is part of the Oxford Castle redevelopment so there are bars/restaurants on the doorstep. City centre is a 5 minute stroll. Broad Street just 10 minutes away on foot. Worth staying just for the cell experience but for that you need to be in A Wing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you're tired of doing hard time in run-of-the-mill hotels, it's a completely different story at our former gaol, Malmaison Oxford. Instead sip the coolest cocktails in the free world at MALBAR and enjoy an eclectic mix of classic dishes with a twist at the Brasserie, from freshly caught fish to the famous Mal Burger. Good behaviour will get you privileges like free Wi-Fi, drench showers, plasma TVs and and even toiletries that are just begging to be nabbed by light-fingered guests. This is one hotel in Oxford city centre where you'll be happy to get a long stretch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Malmaison Oxford Castle Hotel Oxford
- Malmaison Hotel Oxford