The city of dreaming spires has never been noted for its hotels, though of late the situation has improved and there's an interesting, if small, cross section of places from which to choose, from the landmark Randolph Hotel, where many an undergraduate has taken tea with his parents (now part of the Macdonald group), to the former Oxford prison, recently converted into an atmospheric Malmaison hotel. Plus a bustling city centre hotel, the Old Bank, and a characterful medieval house hotel, The Old Parsonage. Oh, and the Crazy Bear on the outskirts of town, truly funky. Take your pick. Further afield are some lovely Cotswold haunts, including one of our very favourite, the King's Head at Bledington, and its sister establishment, The Swan in the lovely, unspoilt village of Swinbrook. The order by which the hotels are listed bears no reflection on our preference.
Padded pink walls and leopard print carpet. Eclectic, eccentric – a one off converted coaching inn just outside Oxford, for wacky weekends away.
City centre hotel in a characterful old house - a Hotel Guru favourite in Oxford. Wisteria clad, country house feel, with alot of character and great beds. Bikes and punts for hire.
Oxford's grand hotel, an institution, in an imposing Gothic revival building. Retains old fashioned vibe, with gourmet cooking in collegiate dining hall, and a spa.
Sophisticated hotel with buzzing brasserie and bar. Tudor interiors updated with chic styling and large beds. Discreet and laid back luxury and perfectly positioned for sights. Good contemporary art on the walls.
Oxford (3 New Road)
Spectacular central atrium in this classic Malmaison, a castle and former prison. Sleep in converted cells, ultra modern with some original fittings. Good brasserie food.
Cosy and characterful traditional English Inn, with funky rooms and great gastropub food in the heart of the Cotswolds.
In a village lost in time, home to the Mitfords, the last of whom owns this charactful inn on a riverbank in the Windrush valley. Gastropub food, boutique elegance in the bedrooms.