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Mecure Oxford Eastgate Hotel, Oxford

Mercure Oxford Eastgate

Set in a 17th-century building exuding period character, this hotel has a rich history that includes regular visits by literary giants such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

The original building has been extended and refurbished a number of times over the last 400 years and today includes all modern amenities. The 64 rooms are located over two listed buildings and are therefore all individual in size and layout but they offer plenty of period features combined with fresh, modern decor.

The Library Lounge Bar is a great place to relax while Marco’s New York Italian restaurant offers classic dining in a historic setting. If you wish to explore, Oxford's main sights are all just a short walk away

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms are spread across two listed buildings. Although rooms are newer and slightly more standardized in the more recent extension, rooms in the original building offer more character and views over the impressive Examination Schools opposite. All rooms have fresh, contemporary decor and a feature headboard, depicting a well-known Oxford landmark. Privilege rooms include a Nespresso machine and complimentary soft drinks, and most include a bath as well as a shower. All room categories feature TVs, Wi-Fi and air conditioning.


The Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel is located at the end of the high street, overlooking Magdalen College. The Examination Schools and the Ruskin School of Art are just a couple of minutes from the botanic gardens and Christchurch Meadow. 

Food and drink

The Library Lounge and Bar is a welcoming, open space decorated with Alice in Wonderland images. A buffet and à la carte breakfast is served in Marco’s New York Italian restaurant, which is located in the oldest part of the hotel and owned by acclaimed chef Marco Pierre White.  The restaurant also serves a classic Italian menu for lunch and dinner.

Our opinion

This historic hotel located in a quieter part of the city, offers a range of facilities, great views and excellent value for money.

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