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Oxford Christmas Guide

Our boutique hotel in Oxford may be biased, but we couldn’t think of anywhere better to go on a Christmas staycation than the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’. As many flock to the City of London, Oxford is often forgotten as a festive destination. In this blog, our boutique Oxford hotel explores some of the top reasons to book a staycation in the historic city this Christmas…

 

Oxford Christmas Market

The streets of central Oxford will once again be filled with festive cheer as Oxford Christmas Market returns. Like every year, market traders will offer handmade gifts, colourful decorations and delicious festive treats. Whether you’re looking for some unusual gifts or just fancy a couple of mulled wines and some food – you’ll be sure to get in the spirit of Christmas.

Oxford Christmas Market[photo credit: Oxfordshire County Council]

Christmas at Blenheim

Escape to Wonderland this Christmas at Blenheim Palace. With this year’s theme, you’ll be transported into the magical fairy tale world of Alice in Wonderland, with a number of lavishly decorated themed State Rooms. Next, journey outside and go on a spectacular Illuminated Light Trail through festive gardens, before stopping off at the Christmas Market. 22nd November 2019 - 5th January 2020.

Christmas at Blenheim Palace[photo credit: Blenheim Palace]

Oxford Christmas Ice Show

Kick off the festive season with Oxford Christmas Ice Show! A popular part of the city’s Christmas calendar, the show features local, national and international skating champions. This year’s theme is yet to be confirmed, but our boutique Oxford hotel is sure that it will be just as enchanting and entertaining as in previous years.

Ice Skating

Christmas Shopping at Bicester Village

Pick up some Christmas presents for friends and family (or yourself) at Bicester Village! Located just a 30-minute drive from our boutique Oxford hotel, the designer shopping village is home to 160 boutique shops and the best part? Many of the labels have up to 60% off the recommended retail price, so you’ll be able to get some luxury goodies for a fraction of the cost.

Bicester Village

Vanbrugh House Hotel, a boutique hotel in Oxford, is ideally located in the centre of Oxford, near to the area’s top Oxford museums, Oxford theatres and Oxford bars. To check availability, email us or call us on 01865 244 622.

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Vanbrugh House Hotel Reviews

Clare,

Melbourne, Australia

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.


Graham,

Salisbury

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.


Adrianne,

Hong Kong

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!


Kate,

London

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!


Luna,

Hong Kong

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.


Leo,

New York

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.


Jan,

Princes Risborough

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.


Donna,

Bedford

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.


Anna,

Poland

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!


Cat,

Mount Prospect, Illinois

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.

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