Just returned from a night at the Malmaison, Oxford Castle.
Good points: 1. The location (right in Oxford town centre) 2. Quirkiness (having been a prison) 3. Food (great quality, good range of choices, helpful staff) 4. Looks good (refurbished to a high standard)
Bad points: 1. Penny pinchers (you have to pay an extra £2 extra for a hot breakfast and whilst there is a bottle of water in the room it is NOT complimentary they charge you £1.65 for it!!) even Holiday Inn provides complimentary water! 2. Cleanliness (there were stains on the furniture and carpet in our room and the sink looked like it needed a clean) 3. Cold showers (I advised reception and they said the pipes are thin because it used to be a prison - apparently this was the cause, nevertheless part of an authentic experience..)
Overall we would go back because the hotel itself and the staff are great however I get the impression that the Malmaison chain just want to get every last penny out of their guests to the detriment of the experience. Less money spent on huge tubes of complimentary shampoo and more money spent on a simple bottle of water in each room would go a long way.
Advice: Don't upgrade your room if you want to stay in a cell, we upgraded and so were not in the cells, which would have been a great experience. Book car parking early - expect to pay approx £28 per 24 hours.
- 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