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OVERVIEW

Combining Georgian grandeur with contemporary chic, the Old Bank Hotel is the city's most sought-after hideaway. Its central location, buzzing brasserie and effortless sophistication is enough to entice local drinkers and diners off the streets, while guests can enjoy additional touches such as free bikes to explore the city.


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Etain O'Carroll
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Etain O’Carroll is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Oxford with a passion for wild places, human stories and how travel affects the world

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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Situated on Oxford's busy High Street, you'll find the city's finest colleges a stone's throw away. Take a short stroll to Magdalen, Christ Church or Merton, cross the road to the Radcliffe Camera, meander down to the Botanic Gardens, check out the independent shops and bars, or hire a punt, it's all on the doorstep.

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. Book trains to Oxford.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Gutsy, oversized artworks add an element of edgy flamboyance to the hotel's understated contemporary style, though those in the guest rooms are decidedly more restrained. The quietly chic colour schemes, carefully planned lighting, fine fabrics and well-chosen furniture demonstrate an exacting attention to detail and craft in its stylishly sleek design.

THE FACILITIES

There's an abiding sense of calm to the service here, with staff always available and willing to go out of their way to accommodate guests. Although there's no spa, in-room treatments are available, there is limited free parking, bikes to borrow and great advice on what's happening in the city.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Family rooms
  • Exclusive resident's library
  • Bikes
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

Natural tweeds, soft velvets, heritage patterns and a muted palette of grey, ochre and plum give the understated rooms an air of refined luxury. The marble bathrooms come with Noble Isle toiletries, and while rooms at the back are quieter, the views are far superior out front.

Room types: Room with the View, The Suite, Junior Suite, Superior Deluxe, Deluxe Rooms, Classic Rooms, Small Doubles, Accessible Room

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Noble Isle toiletries, striking artwork from the owner's private collection, tea and coffee-making facilities

FOOD AND DRINK

The former banking hall hosts the enduringly popular Quod Brasserie. The all-day menu is consistently good and reasonably priced, and you'll find as many locals here as guests. Expect everything from steak, burgers and pizza to venison cottage pie and a cassoulet of root vegetables.

Quod: relaxed, popular with locals, reasonably priced. Open every day 7am-11pm. Mains from £13.95.

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