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Old Bank Hotel, Oxford
A bastion of contemporary cool in a city so traditional even schoolboys wear academic gowns, the Old Bank is Oxford's trendiest hotel. Pairing Georgian grace and sophistication with chic modern décor, the hotel is set in a handsome, cut-stone former bank on the High Street. There is a buzzing atmosphere in the popular brasserie and an impressive collection of modern art that hangs on every wall. The hotel overlooks some of Oxford's quintessential college buildings, the University Church of St Mary and the iconic Radcliffe Camera, and offers easy access to the city's sights on foot.
We love being able to ditch the car and discover everything on foot, you won't even need a taxi home after dark.
The Botanic Garden, Magdalen Bridge and the River Cherwell can all be reached in five minutes.
By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from London or Bristol and just over 3 hours from Manchester. There is free parking at the hotel.
By train: around 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 15-minute walk away. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Urbane, art-loving types keen to stay in the heart of the city and balance a lively buzz with a slice of tranquility will love it at Old Bank. The hotel manages to combine period detailing, refined contemporary decor and modern artworks - and still get it right.
Service & Facilities
Seeing the city like a local while cycling down cobbled lanes and the river towpath on the free-to-use, Dutch-style bikes is a highlight of a stay here.
- Facilities for disabled guests
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
- Family rooms
- Exclusive resident's library
A highlight is the Room with the View, a massive top-floor suite with quintessential Oxford views through floor-to-ceiling windows and from the private terrace. We love little touches such as motion-sensor lighting in the bathroom and a book of short stories by your bedside.
Room with the View, The Suite, Junior Suite, Superior Deluxe, Deluxe Rooms, Classic Rooms, Small Doubles, Accessible Room
Facilities include: handmade beds, marble bathrooms, striking artwork from the owner's private collection, tea and coffee-making facilities
Food & Drink
Bright, brash and buzzing, Quod has a fabulously lively atmosphere to match its bold artwork and high-class comfort food. So simple but done so well, the carpaccio of sea bream, watercress, orange and dill is perfect on a summer's day.
Quod: relaxed, popular with locals, reasonably priced. Open every day 7am-11pm. Mains from £13.95.