We stayed here for one night and thought the hotel was lovely. It's in a great location within easy walking distant of the town centre so once you've parked, you don't need the car again to explore Oxford. On arrival, the outside is very impressive as its housed in the city's old jail. It was busy in reception when I checked in however, I didn't have to wait too long. There had been some issues with our booking which the receptionist was aware of and managed to give some discount on our final bill as compensation. Our room was across the courtyard and had a large window overlooking the garden. The room, whilst compact, was really comfy. The bathroom was a good size and well stocked with the usual Malmaison products.
We ate dinner in the restaurant in the evening. The service was very good, nice atmosphere and good selection on the menu. We both started with the scallops which were well cooked and very tasty. We both had steak for our main course-good piece of meat, again well cooked. God choice of wines and some nice cocktails to choose from too.
Whilst it probably isn't the cheapest place to stay on Oxford, it's definitely worth the money for the uniqueness of the building, the location and good service.
- 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