“Lofty and generously proportioned bedrooms, tastefully decked out with quality period style furniture are extremely comfortable with an abundance of pristine towels, bathrobes and sparkling white cotton bed linen. Bedrooms and bathrooms are all spotlessly clean, air conditioned and come with the accoutrements one would expect in a five star hotel. If you are weary from the day’s endeavours you would not be disappointed, particularly if it’s on the quieter side overlooking the Ashmolean museum. The capacious Drawing room, from a bygone era, is hung with charming paintings by Osbert Lancaster depicting the shenanigans of Oxford undergraduate life. Relax in comfortable chairs and enjoy a variety of delicious cakes or scones with clotted cream and jams.
Dinner in the large high ceilinged dining room, served by attentive and polite staff is an enjoyable experience. The menu is safe, with lamb and beef excellent. The desserts are delicious and wine, from an extensive list, was poured expertly with a certain reverence in a manner to be enjoyed rather than quaffed. A faultless breakfast, with both continental and a full 'English' on offer. ”
Written by Peter Lloyd-Jones
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The only 5 star hotel in the city of Oxford
We are associated with the famous Morse Series and Colin Dexter is a regular patron to the hotel and can be found in the Morse Bar most weeks. We are right in the heart of the city and most attractions are within walking distance of the hotel
What is there to do in the area or on site?
Visiting the beautiful historical colleges, the famous refurbished Ashmolean Museum, shopping in the famous Covered Market. New all day dining restaurant Acanthus now open with atrium style dining and chef's window. The hotel also has a Spa built in the cellar of the hotel offering a full range of Elemis and Jessica Nail Care treatments. We have an excellent Thermal Suite comprising of 2 steam rooms, 2 saunas, a sensation shower and Jacuzzi as well as a relaxing room. Spa days are available through the week.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We serve breakfast from £14.95 with a choice of items on the continental buffet, English breakfast cooked to order as well as dishes such as Eggs Benedict.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Our Famous Afternoon Tea is served daily in The Drawing Room (pre-booking essential). We offer a large variety of dishes in Acanthus boasting an all day dining offering. Whether a light meal with a friends or a special occasion, Acanthus caters for all occasions. The new Cartoon Bar boasts a wide selection of gins and champagnes and is a perfect oasis from hustle and bustle of the city centre. We offer 24 hour room service.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
We offer all our rooms with every confidence guests will be comfortable. The hotel boasts 151 bedrooms of varying categories from our classic rooms to our sumptuous Presidential Suite. All our rooms have been refurbished over the course of last year and offer the modern conveniences guests would expect of our counterparts in the beautiful period building.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
The Macdonald Randolph Hotel, an Oxford Institution is the perfect venue for any occasion, whether for a birthday, wedding reception, conference with colleagues or just to visit one of the oldest and most historic cities in the world.”
"Built in 1864 in a watered-down version of Gothic Revival described, oddly, as ‘Scottish Early English’, the hotel is nowadays best known for the paneled Morse Bar, where they used to ‘serve a decent pint’ to the great Inspector."
Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)