Oxford, United Kingdom

Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • It's in "one of the best locations in Oxford for exploring the university quarter on foot", says The Daily Telegraph
  • The hotel has an Italian restaurant by Marco Pierre White
  • Set in a 17th-century building, it is steeped in history
  • Literary greats JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis are famously connected with the hotel


Map & Directions

Oxford railway station is about 10 minutes away by car, or 25 minutes away on foot. Expect to pay around £6 for a taxi from the station. Heathrow Airport is around 45 miles away and Gatwick Airport is approximately 80 miles from the hotel. The Oxford Bus Company (The Airline service) runs regular buses from both airports to central Oxford. The bus from Heathrow costs around £23 one way and takes around 80 minutes, while from Gatwick, it's around £28 for the 2.5-hour journey. Tickets can be bought in advance online, or with cash on the day of travel. Parking at the hotel costs £20 per night.

Rooms & Rates

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Located opposite the beautiful Grade II-listed Examination Schools building, and just a stone's throw from Magdalen College, the Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel is a perfect base from which to explore Oxford's historic centre. There are numerous bars and eateries in the area, and the River Cherwell and meadows -- think picnics and punting -- are just five minutes away, as is The University of Oxford Botanic Garden. Christ Church, with its magnificent quad and picturesque bell tower designed by Sir Christopher Wren, is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Set in a 17th-centrury building, the Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel was once a coaching inn and is steeped in history. Literary greats JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis are famously connected with the hotel, and it is said that an ancient tunnel beneath the building leads to Magdalen College.

Fast forward to the present day and you'll find that the hotel is now home to Marco's New York Italian restaurant. The menu at this eatery by Marco Pierre White features dishes such as antipasto misto, penne New York meatballs, and an Italian burger with mozzarella and crispy prosciutto.

Interiors are influenced by the hotel's surroundings -- artwork depicts local scenes and there are bicycle-inspired design touches. Upgrade to a Privilege Room for more space and extra features including Nespresso coffee machines. Deluxe suites also have king-sized beds and separate lounge areas.

From the press:
  • "This 17th-century coaching inn is redolent with Oxford history: JR Tolkien ate there regularly when he had rooms next-door and CS Lewis proposed to his wife in the restaurant." -- The Daily Telegraph
  • "The restaurant has some fine dining courtesy of Marco Pierre White." -- Daily Mail
  • "If Oxford is on your list of upcoming city breaks, look no further than Mercure’s Eastgate Townhouse Hotel." -- Daily Mail



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Parking (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.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Cancellation: 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.

Additional details: Pets not allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm 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.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between GBP 8 and GBP 20 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: GBP 20 per day

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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