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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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