“Oxford’s former prison has undergone an impressive transformation to become one of Malmaison’s most quirky and original hotels. The vast, three-storey central atrium is spectacular, mood lighting and red carpets lining the steel walkways. Here, converted cells make up the surprisingly comfortable and ultra-modern bedrooms, with original, heavily dented doors and window bars spookily intact. Get some air in the grassy Exercise Yard or sip cocktails in the brooding Visitors’ Room: a truly unique experience. Good food in the Brasserie, once used for solitary confinement. Prison puns abound in the hotel’s literature.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“This time we're taking no prisoners.
You've been bad. We know. It's time to pay for all those second rate hotel rooms, the third rate room service, oh, the travel inn expresslodge travesty of it all. This time you're going down. Guilty as charged.
Imagine a prison that's a hotel. (I'm sure you've stayed in a few) Now imagine a prison that's suddenly a luxury boutique hotel in Oxford, destination brasserie and hang-out for high-life hoodlums. Pinch yourself. You're doing time at the Mal.”
Near Oxford’s city centre, the thick walls of this former prison offer guests the chance to sleep in a converted cell complete with barred windows and iron doors. Contemporary furnishing, a buzzing cocktail bar, and a popular brasserie make this hotel a memorable and unique base for exploring the 'dreaming spires'.
Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)