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Vanbrugh House Hotel, Oxford
Seamlessly blending period character with chic, contemporary styling, the Vanbrugh House Hotel is a stylish option right in the heart of the city. It's set in a handsome 18th-century townhouse designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, architect of Blenheim Palace. Inside, many period features remain including the stone fireplaces and original tiling. Rooms are bright but intimate, with elegant details and an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture. A good continental breakfast is served but there's no restaurant or bar, though the central location means you'll find everything you need within a few minutes' walk.
We love having the ability to walk to all the sights, and have the pick of the city's bars and restaurants on the doorstep.
Set on a quiet street in the heart of the city, everything is at your fingertips, with theatres, museums, shops, bars and restaurants all within a few minutes' walk.
By car: from London or Bristol around 1 hour 30 minutes and just over 3 hours from Manchester. The nearest public parking is the Worcester Car Park, just under five minutes' walk away.
By train: 50 minutes from London Paddington, 1 hour 20 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads and 2 hours 45 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly. Oxford station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits style-conscious, young city explorers planning to spend most of their time out on the town. The warm, honey-coloured Cotswold stone and the sense of history imparted by the building at every turn is a highlight.
Service & Facilities
The staff's knowledge of the building and its history, as well as their recommendations for what to see and do beyond the obvious, is excellent.
- 24-hour front desk
Facilities for disabled guests
For us, the utter luxury of the Vicarage Suite wins thanks to its private garden, four-poster bed and his-and-hers, freestanding slipper baths. Fresh milk and a wide choice of Nespresso pods and Teapigs brews make a good start to the day.
Single Room, Small and Standard Double Rooms, Accessible Room, Superior Rooms, Oxford Union Suite, Vicarage Suite, Sir John Vanbrugh, Nicholas Hawksmoor
Facilities include: continental breakfast delivered to your room, ensuite bathroom with shower, The White Company toiletries, Wi-Fi, smart TV
Food & Drink
Although there is no restaurant, the hotel serves a generous continental breakfast in the ground-floor dining room.
Breakfast: expect cheese, meats, fish and honey from named local suppliers, fresh bread from a local bakery and a push for seasonal produce.