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Malmaison Oxford Castle
Ranked #6 of 45 Hotels in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 20, 2007

Just stayed for a sunday night at malmaison oxford - great short break. Its five minutes from the train station and the town. Its true there is no parking but you can drop off, an open air car park at the end of the street is about £3 for 2 hrs, cost me £8 for an afternoon and overnight. Valet parking is £20. Staff at reception great. Building stunning, lovely ambience. Stayed in superior room for £170, quite pricey but well furnished and trendy. Cell block which is A wing. views of the restaurant square outside. bar expensive with loud acid jazz, very cool, restaurant small on ground floor expensive so eat out, 5 restaurants within 1 min of the hotel. Carluccios, Prezzos etc. Rates are room only. Room had nice en suite, plasma, tea and coffee, mini bar, iron, chairs, low lighting, dvd. Grabbed a disc from teh selection at reception although they are all a bit old. Bit of street noise from the cafes locking up at 11 and opening at 6. So all in all I would recommend it, very trendy, pricey but great for a special occasion and its not every day you will stay in a jail!

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Reviewed May 19, 2007

Great hotel with a difference i.e built in an old prison. The rooms vary, try not to go for a cell other rooms are larger and more comfortable. The restaurant serves great food and wine and the main bar upstairs is great to wind down in.
Downside is parking, if you don't reserve before you get there you may not get the car parked and Oxford is notorious for bad parking facilities.
In addition I wouldn't stay here if I was not on business purely for the extortionate rates they charge!

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 29, 2007

My stay in this converted prison was superb. The staff was extremely helpful and courteous. The food in the restaurant was extraordinary and the accommodations were spacious and well appointed. I often thought of the original tenants of my room and wondered if they ever could have imagined someone paying to be in their cell. This hotel is well worth the trip and experience. Do not forget your American Express card. I will go back the next time I am in the UK.

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Reviewed April 28, 2007

If you're looking for something unusual, this is the place. A prison converted into a hotel. Inspired! Great decor. The layout betrays its hisory; a place where wrongdoers languished at Her Majesty's pleasure. And that's the fascination. Most rooms are in the original cell block and are formed from three cells. Even the original doors are there. A shame that they removed the bars from the windows. It would have looked even more authentic.

Although we had few dealings with the staff, we were greeted with a smile, efficiently and enthusiastically. We were immediately provided with a map and some advice as to where to go. There was an 'on the run' fast checkout, which was useful because there was quite a queue when we were ready to leave.

Oxford has an awful road system in its centre. To make matters worse, there are no parking facilities at the hotel. At least that's what the website said. But we saw some cars parked out front.. I would advise not arriving by car. But if you do, long stay parking is close by in the public multistorey (a good example of the worst of Britain's 60s/70s municipal architecture). OK if you want to pay £18 per day. If arriving by train (recommended), the hotel is a short walk.

We ate out at one of the restaurants in the courtyard next door (La Tasca-excellent if you're into Spanish food). so cannot say what the in house food service is like.

Lots to see in the centre of town. All easily accessible on foot if you want to go where Morse and Lewis tread. And it's the only way to do it, unless you have a bicycle.

All in all, this hotel is worth a visit, as long as you're not on a budget.

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Reviewed April 16, 2007

Stayed here for 2 nights at the end of the Easter weekend on a £99 prpn offer. Once you get over the initial shock of feeling like you're on the set of Bad Girls each morning, it's a fascinating and wonderfully unusual place to stay. Staff were nothing but helpful, polite and friendly. Great location - easy walk to shopping areas, river and historic attractions. Breakfast was not included in this deal so we opted to save money and enjoy the good weather by eating out at the various cafes and restaurants located inside the castle/
prison redevelopment (Carluccios was a highlight). Parking is indeed expensive at £20 per 24 hours but with a city like Oxford you have little choice. Only aspect I didn't like was that you couldn't open the windows in the rooms and so air con was on constantly, leaving us with very dry throats in the mornings. P.s - Highly recommend the Chiang Mai Thai restaurant just 5mins walk away (staff will direct you) - one of the best meals I've ever had - great staff, great service and a surprisingly reasonable bill at the end.

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Reviewed April 15, 2007

Ok, this is a novelty hotel. The cells rooms need to be avoided due to the noisy aircon (you cannot turn this off) and the amount of light that comes into the bedroom when you are trying to sleep. The parking charges and the somewhat overpriced breakfast (when you are paying £200 for a room, you would expect this to be included) turn this hotel into a different price bracket, although this flattery is not really deserved.

Yes the roof terrace, the upstairs bar, the restaurant, make this hotel alluring to people visiting for the day, but I feel this hotel
is more like a bugging one hit wonder, you will do it once, but not again.

I am not saying don’t book this hotel for a night, its fun, but for one night only

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Reviewed April 11, 2007

Absolute best place I've stayed in England. Took my son to look at Oxford and the Malmaison was great. Rooms were comfortable, spacious, clean and quiet. The restaurants on the grounds are some of the best in Oxford and we consistently found ourselves coming back to Malmaison rather than exploring Oxford for places to eat. Oxford isn't a "trendy" city but Malmaison is where everything was happening when we were there. The staff is very helpful and the hotel is close to the train station and also downtown. After seeing the pictures, the rest of family wants to go this summer.

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Address: 3 Oxford Castle New Road, Oxford OX1 1AY, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Oxford
#6 Luxury Hotel in Oxford
#9 Romantic Hotel in Oxford
Price Range: $190 - $415 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Malmaison Oxford Castle 4*
Number of rooms: 95
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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