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.
Old Bank Hotel
Located in the heart of the city and situated across three historic townhouses, one of which dates back to the 17th century, the Old Bank Hotel is a great choice for any visit to Oxford. Although characterful features such as wood paneling and large sash windows remain, the internal decor is contemporary and stylish with modern artwork from the owner’s personal collection adorning the walls.
One of Oxford’s premier restaurants, Quod, is a bustling brasserie on the ground floor. There’s also a Library Bar, open to guests only. Alternatively, the hotel’s central location means many of the city’s restaurants, bars and independent shops, as well as some of the oldest colleges, are just a couple of minutes’ walk away.
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Rooms are spread over the three historic buildings that make up the hotel, so all are unique in size and layout and offer views over the restaurant terrace or the city and St Mary’s Church. Rooms on the higher floors offer the best views over the college spires, with some offering a private terrace area. The en suite bathrooms feature a bath or shower, or in some cases both. Most rooms have contemporary decor but deluxe rooms and The Suite, located in the oldest part of the hotel, also have characterful features such as original exposed beams and fireplaces. All rooms feature a flat screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, fresh flowers, air conditioning and minibar.
The hotel is located on Oxford’s High Street, which is home to a range of independent shops and unique bars and restaurants. Some of the city’s oldest colleges, including University and Merton, surround the hotel and the Bodleian Library and iconic Radcliffe Camera are just a two-minute walk away.
Food and drink
The hotel has one restaurant, Quod, which is one of the city’s best dining options. A bustling brasserie with a seasonal menu, this is a good option for both lunch and dinner. There‘s also a small Library Bar on the ground floor, which is open to hotel guests only.
Facilities and activities
The hotel offers a daily walking tour for guests at both the Old Bank Hotel and its sister property the Old Parsonage Hotel. Alternatively, explore the city as a traditional Oxford student and borrow one of the complimentary vintage bicycles.
Although there is no spa, in-room beauty and spa treatments can be arranged.
The hotel has a lift which offers access to the third floor level and there’s one accessible deluxe room on the ground floor which has views over the restaurant terrace.
Its contemporary style, central location and bustling atmosphere make this a great option for a visit to the city.
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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.
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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.