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Old Bank Hotel 4.5

Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

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Pros

  • Striking boutique hotel housed in a historic Georgian building
  • Situated on High Street in the heart of Oxford
  • Sophisticated yet homey guest rooms with modern amenities
  • Luxurious marble bathrooms, many with separate rainfall showers and tubs
  • In-room amenities include flat-screen TVs, high-end toiletries, and minibars
  • Restaurant/ bar is a popular local establishment, open late
  • Outdoor courtyard seating and private dining available
  • 24-hour room service, in-room childcare, and in-room spa services (fee)
  • Free parking, bikes to borrow, and city walking tours
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout property

Cons

  • No on-site gym, spa, or pool
  • Entry-level rooms are small and may lack some perks
  • Breakfast costs an extra fee

Bottom Line

The Old Bank Hotel is a handsome, luxury boutique property located right on High Street in the heart of historic Oxford. As the name suggests, this property is situated, primarily, in a Georgian building that was once a bank. Inside, decor is sophisticated and contemporary, adorned by an extensive art collection. A highlight is Quod, a busy dining and drinking spot popular with hotel guests and locals alike. The hotel's 42 guest rooms are stylish with modern amenities like minibars and luxe marble bathrooms, usually with separate rainfall showers and tubs. Entry-level rooms can be small, but suites are spacious. Nice extra perks include free parking, free bike rentals, and free daily walking tours, but a downpoint  is the lack of wellness facilities. Those seeking a spa could try Macdonald Randolph Hotel, though its rooms aren't as stylish.

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Scene

Handsome boutique in historic 1700s bank building

With a handsome, contemporary style and a historic backbone, Old Bank Hotel is quintessentially Oxford. The hotel is situated amongst three buildings; the main one functioned as a bank for over 200 years and features a classic, late-1700s Georgian facade. Inside, the property perfectly pairs classic and contemporary style for a look that's both sophisticated and homey. In the lobby, a marble reception desk offers a luxe balance for dark teal walls and contemporary art from the hotel's extensive collection that hangs everywhere from hallways to guest rooms. Quod, the hotel's restaurant, features a charming casual air with arched windows, brick accent walls, and a large central bar. Its often crowded with diners, from lunching locals to hotel guests, giving the property a lively feel. Guests here are a range of well-heeled travelers visiting Oxford sights and universities; couples in particular are drawn by the double rooms.

Location

Right on High Street in the heart of historic Oxford

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The hotel's location is hard to beat: it's right on High Street, historic Oxford's charming main road lined with restaurants and shops. Landmarks also pack the neighborhood: Church of the St. Mary Virgin is across the street, Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera are just a two-minute walk, Christchurch Meadows is a five-minute walk south, and Magdalene Bridge and the Botanical Gardens are a six-minute walk east. The hotel lends out bikes for free and offers free daily walking tours. Parking is available on-site for free, though spaces are limited. London's Heathrow Airport is about an hour's drive away.

Rooms

Attractive rooms with marble bathrooms and modern amenities

Rooms and suites are contemporary, with subdued decor that feels both upscale and comfortable. A stately color palette of cream and gray is accented with a rosy red. The real style is in the details though -- walls are finished with framed prints or paintings from the hotel's art collection, writing desks are accented with leather tops, window seats feature grey herringbone cushions finished with red piping. Bathrooms are luxurious with cream-colored marble tiling, chic square sinks, and rainfall showers; most rooms also have separate tubs. 

At 160 square feet, entry-level rooms can feel tight, especially compared to some of the upper-category rooms which may add 100 square feet of space or more. All rooms are air-conditioned and have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, minibars, plus extras like umbrellas and safes. Bathrooms have robes and high-end Noble Isle toiletries. Entry-level rooms lack coffee/tea service, though upgraded rooms have Nespresso machines. Rooms higher up and facing the road may offer nice views of High Street.

Features

Popular restaurant and bar open until late and attentive staff, but limited wellness facilities

Features at Old Bank Hotel are a mixed bag -- wellness facilities may be limited, but dining is top-notch. Quod, the on-site restaurant, is popular and features a central bar and often a crowd of diners. Full English Breakfast and a la carte options are offered every morning for a fee, and the hotel serves lunch, afternoon tea, dinner (everything from pizza to fish and seasonal fare), and drinks until late. Outdoor courtyard seating is available, and the hotel has private dining rooms for meetings or special events. Rooms service is also provided.

Staff are efficient and helpful, offering the service guests expect from a luxury hotel, including concierge service, room service, ticket assistance, and in-room childcare (extra fee). Bikes are available to borrow free of charge and free walking tours leave daily from reception. There's free parking on-site, but spaces are limited. Wi-Fi throughout is free. There are no on-site wellness facilities, but the hotel does offer free passes to a nearby gym and a menu of in-room spa services. 

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Address

92-94 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ, United Kingdom

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