Set in Oxford’s Castle Quarter, in a converted prison that itself sits within a medieval castle, the Malmaison is certainly one-of-a kind. This hip boutique hotel mixes centuries of history with contemporary style: ‘Be prepared for vertiginous, glass-sided walkways, plenty of leather, black and tartan… and clever allusions to the building’s murky past,’ says The Telegraph.
Oxford’s historic university colleges are minutes away, as is the River Thames (known locally as the Isis) where on a balmy day, you’re likely to see students and visitors punting. The Covered Market is a 6-minute walk, while Westgate Shopping Centre is 4 minutes away. The Ashmolean, Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, is just 7 minutes’ walk away.
Back at base, the hotel’s trendy brasserie serves classic dishes with a modern twist -- menu highlights include the Malburger, the Black Angus ribeye steak and the French crab tacos. There’s an extensive wine list too, but if you fancy a cocktail or coffee, head to Malbar, which also serves lighter bites and sandwiches (and brunch).
There are 95 rooms, all decorated in contemporary style -- 38 are in the A-wing and were formerly prison cells. These have thick walls and low ceilings and some have views of the prison yard -- rooms in the additional buildings are lighter and airier. The Executive Suite is the pick of the bunch, with a split-level lounge with a balcony and feature windows, plus a cinema room, 4-poster bed, roll-top bath and monsoon shower.
by Amy Lindsay
24-hour front desk
24-hour room service
Laundry / dry cleaning
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Iron and ironing board
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Valet service (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 3pm
Standard checkout time: 12pm
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 3pm Check-out time is 12pm
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
Know Before You Go
The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
Fee for continental breakfast: GBP 15.95 per person (approximately)
Valet parking fee: GBP 28.50 per night
Pet fee: GBP 10.00 per pet, per night
Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
The closest airport is at London Heathrow, about an hour’s drive from the hotel, or you can take the bus to Reading railway station and take the train from there, a journey of around 90 minutes. Oxford train station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. There’s limited on-site parking, costing £28.50 a night (advance booking required).
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
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