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This honey-stoned beauty, bang in central Oxford, offers something a bit different. Firstly, there’s no restaurant for dinner and no bar, and I loved that, because it feels very modern – why have one of those fusty hotel eateries when you’re on St Michael’s St with all the city delights within a 2 minute walk?
The hotel is in a hard-to-beat location, within easy walking distance of Oxford’s colleges, museum, theatre and shops. A great retreat for a short break in the Oxford. Opposite the Oxford Union buildings (which houses the famous debating society), and within a few paces of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford Playhouse, many colleges and the main shopping streets, this hotel couldn’t be better placed for exploring the sights. Carousing students can sometimes affect front rooms in the early hours
during term time, so ask for one of the beautifully quiet rooms at the
back if you want to be sure of a tranquil night.
Designed by English architect Sir John Vanbrugh, the man behind Blenheim Palace, the stone building is now a stylish boutique hotel. There are 22 hotel rooms, including four suites, and a small dining area for breakfast and lunch. As with the rest of Oxford, the building has a rich history, in fact, the wall behind the breakfast bar is one of the few surviving parts of Oxford’s medieval city wall.
The world famous Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Library and Science Museum
are all just a few minutes walk away in central Oxford. At the latter of these
you can see the chalkboard that Albert Einstein used to deliver his lecture on the theory of relativity, with his scrawled formula still preserved intact.
On entering through the discreet doorway, the hotel reception/lobby
is more like the drawing room of a welcoming country house than a hotel.
Courteous staff instantly make you feel welcome and take you to
one of the 22 lavishly appointed hotel rooms and suites.
A short 10 minute walk from Oxford Rail Station, this elegant boutique hotel is located near Oxford vcity centre. Once home to three generations of the Peisley family, stonemasons to Blenheim Palace, the hotel retains many of its 18th century features. The attractive, updated hotel rooms are equipped with every modern convenience, and the wonderful young staff offer a friendly personal service.
The perfect destination for a weekend getaway, exploring this pedestrian-friendly city is like travelling back in time and best done on foot, using our guide. There’s a good mix of options to suit most budgets, but for something a little bit special head over to the Vanbrugh House Hotel. This cosy little Oxford boutique, benefits from a great location on the quiet-but-central St Michael’s Street, opposite the Oxford Union, where students come together to debate the issues of the day.
David Robinson is the manager. Spread over two buildings dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, the inviting bedrooms are individually styled along three themes – Georgian, Eclectic, and Arts and Crafts. Each has a fireplace, hand-crafted furniture,
a media hub, and a minibar with fresh milk and complimentary drinks and snacks.
Splurge on the best hotel rooms – the Vicarage Suite and the Nicholas Hawksmoor Room – which have a private garden and terrace area. The ‘secret’ garden is one of Oxford’s best kept.
Now this stylish boutique hotel in Oxford sits among restaurants and cafes, and the carriages of past centuries have been replaced by the bicycles of students whizzing by to catch out the unwary. Being a Grade II listed building you'll find all the period features you could wish for, with original fireplaces, wooden beams and a decorative painted alcove in the reception room.
We had a very enjoyable stay at Vanbrugh. The hotel location is great, just a block from the centre of town, yet our room was very quiet, and had a lovely large private patio. We could easily walk to all the sights we wanted to see.
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Lovely hotel in a wonderful central location. We could easily walk to most places of interest with many restaurants. We had booked a superior double, which was on the second floor and quiet as requested.
The staff were happy to help with our luggage. Standard of room excellent with a lovely bathroom and walk in shower.
Assistance pleasantly provided by helpful staff - good restaurants, parking, ice, taxis etc. Good breakfast choice included in tariff. Loved our stay and would certainly return.
The experience was superb from start to finish. Lovely deluxe room with private garden. Excellent for a special treat. The hotel is in a great location and Oxford has plenty of lovely coffee shops and restaurants to keep you nourished.
The hotel suite is very nice and spacious. We love every detail in the room, especially the shower in the bathroom! The complimentary breakfast is also very good with nice service! Definitely will stay over again if we come back to Oxford!
My husband and I came to Oxford to celebrate our wedding anniversary. From the moment we arrived at the hotel all staff were very accommodating and friendly. We were kindly given a room that required no steps (The Sir John Vanbrugh Suite) given that I am heavily pregnant. In addition, we were given a welcome drink to celebrate our anniversary as well as a lovely card- a really nice touch especially given that it was so long ago since I'd mentioned it in our booking!
Breakfast the next morning was fantastic - really fresh ingredients and friendly staff. The location of the hotel is excellent. We used the park and ride option for parking which really was very easy and much cheaper than the multi storey.
Our room looked out onto the main street but noise definitely wasn't a problem. The best part of the room was either the very comfy bed or the enormous bath! Thanks to all staff for making our stay so relaxing and enjoyable!
I recently spent one night at Oxford and since I'm not driving and I plan to take the train, I want to stay in a decent hotel at the city centre and close to train station. Vanbrugh House Hotel ticks all of the above.
Staff are super helpful and friendly, I arrived on the day with big snow and my train was cancelled so I have to get off at Didcot Parkway and take a bus. By the time I arrived, it was only 12 noon but the staff kindly check me in early. They also helped carried the luggage (together with me, of course) to go up the stairs.
The hotel was recently renovated and positioned as a boutique hotel, the size of the room is very okay as I'm travelling sole and it's very comfortable. Shower facilities are great so as the washroom amenities are very high quality. Breakfast, traditional English breakfast with unlimited cereal plus toasts was excellent. Would definitely stay here again.
Our stay at the Vanbrugh House Hotel was enjoyable. The hotel is located in the centre of Oxford, giving us the opportunity to explore Oxford right outside the front door. The staff were very helpful and courteous, and after a day of touring it was relaxing to have a glass of wine at the hotel.
What a fabulous hotel. The staff, location and rooms are excellent. The staff couldn't do enough to help and were very welcoming. Location is perfect for the Theatre, the new Westgate shopping centre and plenty of restaurant within a very short walk.
The rooms are beautiful and very clean. Loved the fact that anything in the rooms fridge was complimentary.
Beautiful hotel in the centre of Oxford, great location with everything nearby, but very peaceful and quiet. The room was gorgeous, the staff very friendly and helpful. Great food and spotless rooms. Thoroughly recommended and we'll definitely be returning.
I love luxury stays with family and this hotel is perfect. Rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. Our kids had a very enjoyable time there. Staff are very nice and they helped us with how to organise free time for our kids. Highly recommended!
Nice little boutique hotel, centrally located in a quiet area. Complimentary snacks, tea, coffee in room. Comfy beds and best bonus was Mustafa from the front desk staff. He was most ready and willing to help with any request, and at all times with a very friendly and a happy personality.