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Old Parsonage Hotel, Oxford

Old Parsonage Hotel

Set on the site of a medieval parsonage which stood here until the mid-14th century, the Old Parsonage Hotel in its current form dates back to 1660 and still boasts its original wooden door. It’s been welcoming guests for over 300 years, often lodging college students including the flamboyant Oscar Wilde.

The internal decor uses a dark, heritage palette of deep red, purple and gray, which, combined with the hotel’s original features and open fires, creates an intimate, secluded atmosphere. Many of the 35 rooms include quirky elements and all are quietly indulgent with a pared-back contemporary style, handmade beds, rich fabrics and sketches of Oxford.

The Parsonage Grill exudes sophistication and charm, with walls adorned by the owner’s personal collection of 20th-century portraits.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

There are just four rooms in the original building, with views to the front of the property and original features such as fireplaces, exposed wooden beams and low ceilings. The rooms in the newer extension have a private terrace or Juliet balcony that opens up onto the garden courtyard. All are decorated in an understated, contemporary style and feature natural linens, soft velvets, warm woods and fresh flowers. Amenities include a minibar, smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and DAB radio. Junior suites and suites also have a coffee machine. The bathrooms have under-floor heating and depending on room category, have a walk-in shower, shower over bath, or in the suites, a separate shower and free-standing bath.

Location

The hotel is just a ten-minute walk from the heart of Oxford and is surrounded by a number of the Oxford colleges, museums, historic pubs and restaurants. It’s also close to the fashionable area of Jericho, known for its hip coffee shops, cocktail bars, art house cinema and independent retailers.

Food and drink

The hotel has one restaurant, the Parsonage Grill, which serves an à la carte menu of classic British dishes cooked with modern flair for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served by the fire in winter, in the peaceful library or on the courtyard terrace in the warmer months.

Facilities and activities

The hotel offers a daily walking tour for guests at the Old Parsonage Hotel and its sister property, the Old Bank Hotel. Alternatively, explore the city as a traditional Oxford student and borrow one of the complimentary vintage bicycles available for use. Although there are no spa facilities, in-room beauty treatments can be arranged.

Accessibility

The hotel has two ground-floor rooms which are accessible by wheelchair. Rooms are equipped with wet rooms and suitable wash basins.

Our opinion

The most luxurious option in Oxford, this small hotel exudes character and history with excellent service standards. 

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