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Malmaison Oxford Castle
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Reviewed May 23, 2007

So here's the facts. No, there isn't any parking and yes you do have to pay £20 to have your car taken to a suitable area, but let's put this in perspective. You book a luxury hotel stay for x xx hundreds of pounds and complain about twenty quid for parking?
Relax and enjoy! Four of us (two couples) stayed a Saturday night for 40th Birthday celebrations and it was great. Let's face it,if you've been in one hotel room and seen the bed/tv/trouser press and 'move it and you pay' mini bar you've seen them all. The lovely thing about Malmaison is it's so very different. Luxurious and very comfortable rooms with unique finishing touches. A very good central location within a short walk of the old city and excellent facilities. The breakfast is excellent and comprehensive, so if you fancy a good old English fry up the morning after the night before, you wont be disappointed. The restaurant is superb and priced mid range.My only word of warning would be the cost of drinks at the bar. A large JD and coke and a glass of wine was £16 so have a few and be prepared to do the washing up by way of payment! We went for a drink in the local pub before dinner which was nice anyway. All in all I would thoroughly recommend a stay for the atmosphere alone. Finally, the staff were young and enthusiastic and keen to volunteer information as required. We will be returning and look forward to seeing if the other hotels in the group offer similar experiences. Go for it!

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with friends
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5  Thank europeandeco
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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!

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank kipster39
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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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Thank Rudders71
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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.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled on business
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1  Thank Tad1009
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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.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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