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Old Parsonage Hotel
Ranked #1 of 44 Hotels in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Among the Dreaming Spires an oasis of calm and excellence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2012

Warm log fires in Winter Alfresco Dining in Summer This hotel has everything
Supoerb food wonderful service Dine in an atmoshere where the centuries old builing
with candles and paintings reminds you this is England at its best .
Do visit and experience not only a great place to stay but is ideally central to all you can wish t o see in this famous city

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Susan F
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

Safely parked, my two sisters and I enjoyed a smooth check in for our much anticipated overnight reunion.

We were shown up the stairs to a large deluxe room at the front of the hotel. The room was beautifully decorated, plush, but not at all chintzy - totally in keeping with the rest of the hotel. The room had all the facilities we needed and was tastefully and sympathetically decorated and furnished - essential in a building dating back to the 17th century. At the front we overlooked the walled terrace and at the back our double aspect room orverlooked a small roof terrace which we had access to.

It was a Wednesday so we had the jazz supper menu in the restaurant whilst listening to live jazz playing in the bar. The salmon mousse was light and refreshing, followed by pork belly with roasted winter vegetables and chestnuts for me, my sisters chose the bavette steak which came with salad and chips – they were both thrilled with their choice – ‘fabulous steak’. The waitress helped us in our choice of wine she was efficient and friendly, desserts disappeared.

Breakfast, full English, was divine. The thing that has stayed with me is how relaxed our stay was, how friendly the staff were. We appreciated the warm welcome and in the morning popped off to the Ashmolean and city centre for shopping, all just a 2 minute walk away.

I would definitely recommend the Old Parsonageto anyone who would appreciate relaxing in a luxury, but not too pricey, city hotel.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Charmaine W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

The check in was akin to a 5* establishment and we were escorted to our room up a narrow twisting staircase with the one room at the top. Fantastic room with lots of character. Everything you would expect from a 4* hotel but with the style and service for a 5* and a more personal touch. We only ate at breakfast and opted for the English option. The ingredients were of top quality and the best black pudding I have had for years! If you are looking for a relaxing break and wish to be treated, then I would recommend this fine establishment.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2012

Whenever I visit Oxford, I stay at the Old Parsonage. It is such a welcoming haven and in a central position for all that Oxford has to offer. The rooms offer the most comfortable beds and everything is immaculately clean. The staff are professional and friendly and the food is excellent. The Parsonage is a historical building, full of character. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pamela B
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London, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

A beautiful old building with all the charm you'd hope for.

This is more like a top-drawer guesthouse than an hotel. Don't expect a big lobby, spacious common areas or corridors leading to large rooms with designer bathrooms. Instead, expect lots of steep stairs, wonky walls, low ceilings and had-banging doorways. None of this is a criticism; indeed, many will view it as a reason to go.

The staff were freindly and my room was good - very comfortable bed. The decor is slightly faded, but contemporary furniture and coverings would look out of place. You wouldn't want to spend too much time in the rooms (they're too small for that), but the bar, comfy chairs and fire in the lobby area are inviting. My bathroom was huge, but there's no walk in shower. Instead, its a 'proper' bath with a shower over it.

Nice touches include: free wi-fi, free bottled water and bikes for excursions into town.

I'd certainly rate this as a better experience than the Randoph hotel. If you want a contempoary hotel, try the Malmaison. But, if you want comfortable and charming, this is very good.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank AndrewGeneva
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Toronto
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2011

We stayed here for a weekend this hotel was perfect. It's such a great cosy place and close enough the the city centre. The hotel restaurant is excellent and the wood fireplace in the lobby is very cute. The rooms are well decorated and very comfortable but could do with a bit of updating (felt like staying at a friend's house - old building) but overall a great and comfortable stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank spunkypunky
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London
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2011

As our children are now more independent, we are spending more time exploring the UK and search out hotels that offer something different, and aren't the cloned variety. The Old Parsonage is definitely on the 'return visit list' as it offers fabulous accommodation, excellent service from all staff, exquisite food and attention to detail. Nothing is too much trouble and with the 'stay and dine' option, together with their sister restaurant 'Gee's', the variety of high quality food available is outstanding. It is a short walk to explore Oxford on foot but far enough away to be out of the town bustle.
The rooms offer everything one could want in a luxury hotel without the silly gimmicks that annoy, though the gowns in our room were bizarre, thankfully we don't wear gowns. Due to the historical nature of the building there are lots of stairs, not a problem to us and the rooms can be cosy, again not an issue unless one needs to do shuttle runs for exercise. There was free Wi-Fi with none of the stupid codes, and I noticed that if one did need to work there were more than adequate sockets for that purpose.
Breakfast was a delight, I had the 'English' with poached eggs, it was brilliant; I definitely believe that getting poached eggs perfectly done to order [runny] is worthy of note and the selection on the plate fine. I heard others making substitutions with ease, again nothing was too much trouble.
Parking was slightly restricted by lovely mature trees in the car parking area, but staff were ever helpful if it became an issue, but again that was never a problem for us.
Prices are on the high side but all of the above justifies the expense, I would say it was good value for money and would rather have two nights there than three elsewhere with lower standards.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Old Parsonage Hotel
Address: 1 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Oxford
#1 Luxury Hotel in Oxford
#3 Family Hotel in Oxford
#5 Romantic Hotel in Oxford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Old Parsonage Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ranked as the best hotel in Oxford, the 17th century Old Parsonage is situated in the heart of this historic city at the end of the beautiful boulevard St Giles. The recently completed restoration combines the original charm and character of the building with the very latest comfort, amenity and technology available today. The Old Parsonage restaurant and bar, famous for its intimate, bohemian, clubby atmosphere, serves classic British food with a modern, light touch. Open every day of the year, breakfast, lunch, dinner and our famous afternoon teas can be enjoyed in the company of Oxford's academic and literary elite. ... more   less 
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