The grande dame of Oxford establishments, the Macdonald Randolph Hotel is full of history and character and offers old world charm, a range of dining options, spa facilities and a central location with easy access to the city’s museums and colleges.
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
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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.
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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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
A modern, boutique hotel set in a converted prison building and located in the shadow of a Norman castle, Malmaison is set in Oxford’s most historic area yet within an easy walk of the city's colleges and museums.
A historic building with a contemporary, modern style and a full range of facilities, the Old Bank Hotel has a wonderful, central location offering easy access to the city’s main sights, colleges and museums.
This small, 17th-century hotel is a tranquil retreat in the heart of Oxford. The charming building retains many original features which are combined with rich, contemporary decor to excellent effect.
The Tower House is a small, charming guesthouse situated in the heart of the city. Set among many of the oldest colleges and close to the city's main shops, sights and museums as well as the historic Covered Market, it makes a very convenient base.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Uncover the fascinating history, frayed relationships and royal connections of Blenheim Palace on a private half-day tour of this monumental country mansion. A Baroque masterpiece home to the Duke of Marlborough, its lavish rooms and elaborate gardens are fabulously impressive.
Discover Oxford's tranquil meandering waterways, glorious architecture and beautiful gardens on a chauffeured punt ride along the River Cherwell. Without the hassle of steering these temperamental vessels you can sit back and soak up the scenery.
Walk through the medieval streets of Oxford guided by a university graduate to seek out some of the city's more interesting colleges, chapels and laneways as you follow in the footsteps of famous writers, politicians or philosophers.